Water is the source of life — but when not properly managed, it can breed disease, create conflict and destroy communities. Around the world, one in nine people does not have access to the clean water they need — that's nearly 800 million people.
Mercy Corps works to increase access to safe water around the world, whether it's bringing relief during droughts or rebuilding wells in remote villages. Our large-scale water infrastructure projects in Jordan and the Democratic Republic of Congo are forging new delivery routes, reducing waste, and bringing clean water directly to 1.25 million people — and counting — who are affected by conflict in those areas.
To complement our water access programs, we also improve sanitation and help people learn proper hygiene to prevent disease; work with families and farmers to implement conservation techniques; and strengthen communities against flooding.
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Yemen: Staff speak out about work in a conflict zone
Two of our team members report from war-torn Yemen on how they're persevering to reach people in need despite ongoing clashes.
Jordan, Syria: Beyond water: New solutions in one of the driest countries
Change begins with clean water. See how we're repairing Jordan's aging water system to bring more of the vital resource to citizens and Syrian refugees.
DR Congo: The quest for clean water comes closer to home
Many people spend hours every day just gathering water. See how we’ve changed that for thousands of families living in a city built on lava.
Philippines: Clean water for Baby Yolee's first birthday
Yolee was born just hours before Typhoon Haiyan destroyed her family's home. Today, they're celebrating progress with a new source of clean water.
Central African Republic: Rainy season heightens risk of disease
New photos from the Central African Republic, where we're addressing urgent water and sanitation needs for displaced families facing squalid living conditions.
Jordan: Water scarcity and the Syrian refugee crisis
Jordan is running out of water. Our new report details the daily impact on families and provides key recommendations to help the millions in need.
Jordan: Tackling the global water crisis with expert partner Xylem
One in eight people around the world does not have access to clean water. This is how we're exploring new ways to fix that.
Niger: Meet our field staff: Ibro
After leaving a job in radio journalism, Ibro is turning the message of resilience into reality for drought-stricken communities in Niger.
Jordan, Syria: Life in Za'atari: An inside look
Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp is filled with uniform rows of tent upon tent now housing an estimated 140,000 Syrians. What is it like there for families who don't know when they can return home?
Jordan, Syria: A city rising from the desert
Less than a year after opening, Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp is now housing more than 140,000 Syrian refugees, the equivalent of the country's fourth largest city.