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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Making the world's water go further
Take a look at many of our programs and you’ll find a common theme: clean water is the foundation of change.
Jordan, Syria: Syria refugee crisis becoming ‘unsustainable’
A visit to the Syrian refugee registration center in Jordan, which is receiving thousands of families who cross the border each day, highlights the urgent needs in this water-strapped country.
Yemen: Fetching water for families in Taiz
An increased supply and new distribution programs help secure clean water — and provide jobs in Yemen's poorest communities.
DR Congo: Lives spent on the run
Many children like this little girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo have never known a permanent home.
Yemen: A boy's thank you
In Taiz, a young boy stands by the poem he wrote to thank our team for helping his family get clean water.
Indonesia: Reaching families displaced by massive floods
We're distributing emergency supplies as flooding washes through Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, and submerges thousands of homes.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: An ongoing crisis
Refugee numbers are predicted to double as Syria's violent conflict drags on. We're on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq helping meet their most urgent needs for water, warmth and safety.
DR Congo: Chaos in Congo: After the rebel invasion
When rebels invaded Goma, eastern Congo's largest city, our teams rushed to help tens of thousands who were forced to flee as the battle approached their homes.
Jordan, Syria: A well of hope at Zaatari refugee camp
“Everybody here is looking forward to having easier access to clean water,” Elena Buryan, head of Mercy Corps’ emergency response team in Jordan, told me as we walked through Zaatari followed by children.
DR Congo: New wave of displacement strains water supply
Mercy Corps is ramping up efforts to get more water to families who continue fleeing the volatile situation in Goma.