Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1 billion in assistance to people in 82 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, the agency's unified global programs employ 3,200 staff worldwide and reach nearly 10 million people in more than 40 countries.
Mercy Corps has learned that communities recovering from war or social upheaval must be the agents of their own transformation for change to endure. It's only when communities set their own agendas, raise their own resources and implement programs themselves, that their first successes result in the renewed hope, confidence and skills to continue development.
We believe in the intrinsic value and dignity of human life.
We are awed by human resilience, and believe in the ability of all people to thrive, not just exist.
Our spiritual and humanitarian values compel us to act.
We believe that all people have the right to live in peaceful communities and participate fully in the decisions that affect their lives.
We believe that human imagination and energy can inspire innovative solutions to any problem, no matter how intractable.
We believe that it is our duty to be effective stewards of the financial resources entrusted to us.
What we do
Mercy Corps pursues its mission through:
Emergency relief services that assist people afflicted by conflict or disaster.
Sustainable economic development that integrates agriculture, health, housing and infrastructure, economic development, education and environment, and local management.
Civil society initiatives that promote citizen participation, accountability, conflict management and the rule of law.
Who we help & Where we work
All over the world, millions of innocent people are caught up in intolerable situations. But they are not today's victims; they are tomorrow's heroes, who have the power to transform their own communities.
The agency is currently involved in these geographic areas:
Africa: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Niger, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Latin America: Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
Balkans: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia
Caucasus: Azerbaijan, Georgia
Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
East Asia: China, East Timor, Indonesia, Kiribati, Mongolia, North Korea
Middle East: Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, West Bank/Gaza
North America: Gulf Coast Response, Mercy Corps Conflict Management Group, Mercy Corps Northwest, Global Envision
South Asia: Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka