Emergency response

Man handing woman an aid package in haiti

Around the world, 70.8 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict, natural disasters, climate change and other emergencies. 160 million people per year are affected by some type of natural disaster. 

In these emergency situations, people need immediate access to food, water and other basic necessities. Once recovery begins, they often need access to jobs or other activities and functional markets where they can buy and sell goods. 

We help provide both.

  • 3.8m

    refugees we helped in 2018
  • £230k

    cash we distributed in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
  • 147k

    emergency supply kits distributed in 2018
  • 25k

    cyclone-affected Zimbabweans we reached with hygiene support


Mercy Corps works to achieve a real and lasting impact in the world’s toughest humanitarian emergencies. We’ve responded to almost every global natural disaster in the last 20 years, including the Nepal earthquake, the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. We’re also in places like Syria and Colombia helping people cope with protracted crises. 

As a result, we’ve become an acknowledged expert in disaster response strategies. We address immediate humanitarian needs while also preparing communities for a sustainable recovery.