Syrian refugees find shelter wherever they can. Our teams have seen families living in rooms with no heat or running water, in abandoned chicken coops and in storage sheds.
We’re repairing substandard shelters for refugee families, like Henna’s, in Jordan, where housing in any condition is in high demand.
Read their story.
Photo: Sumaya Agha/Mercy Corps
“After three long years, and a pronounced failure by the international community to end the bloodshed, the [Syria] crisis is destabilizing the region,” says Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer.
The Syrian civil war has so far driven over 9 million people from their homes, and thousands of Syrians continue to flee their country every day. Throughout the region, food, water, clothing, shelter and opportunities to earn an education or an income are becoming increasingly scarce.
This catastrophe — and the basic human needs of millions of families — cannot be overlooked. Here’s what you need to know.
More than half a million Syrians have fled to neighboring Jordan in the three years since the Syria crisis began. Now, the country is running out of water.
The average supply of water in communities with the most refugees has dropped to as low as 30 liters per person per day — less than half of what is needed to satisfy a person’s basic needs.
Read about this dangerous crisis and what we’re doing to help.
Photo: Cassandra Nelson for Mercy Corps
When is a clothing store revolutionary? When it’s the first market in southern Afghanistan where women can earn their own income outside the home.
It’s the latest development in our INVEST vocational training program, which has helped nearly 6,000 women get an education and gain job skills in the last three years. Learn more about how we’re breaking down barriers.
Photo: Toni Greaves for Mercy Corps
Today on International Women’s Day we’re honoring the brave women who fight hunger, poverty, violence and oppression every day to build better lives for themselves and their families. Their strength inspires our work and proves that change is possible.
Join us. Read and share one of their powerful stories.
The ceasefire agreement between the South Sudanese government and rebels hasn’t stopped brutal fighting that continues to force families to flee their homes. We’re working tirelessly to address urgent water and sanitation needs of displaced families in Unity State, which houses the highest number of IDPs in the country.
"This is a refugee crisis that isn’t going away. The bordering countries are being destabilized both by the conflict and by the refugee presence itself, and there’s a real need to invest in these communities."
What do Syria’s neighbors need to support what will soon be the largest refugee population in the world? Hear more from our Regional Director Nigel Pont on NPR.
Photo of Syrian refugees after arrival in Jordan: Cassandra Nelson/Mercy Corps
Under current U.S. law, NGOs working in the world’s toughest places are sometimes forced to choose between saving lives and breaking the law. —
Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer.
Read more and sign the petition to give humanitarian agencies fast, efficient access to vulnerable people in need around the world.