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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Haiti: The challenges of clean water and sanitation in Haiti
Indonesia: The importance of washing your hands with soap
The emergency response team here in the tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands has been preparing for a hygiene promotion campaign for survivors, and today was their first day in action!
Haiti: Help for Haiti's homeless
After his house collapsed in the earthquake, Junior Moise, 30, had no better option than to move his wife and daughter to a tent camp near Frere Road in Port-au-Prince.
Haiti: Responding to cholera
Haiti: The long road to recovery
The Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti decimated the capital city of Port-au-Prince, killing more than 230,000 people. It was a tragic blow to a country where 55 percent of the population already lived below the poverty line of $1 a day.
Zimbabwe: Better living through treadle pumps
One of the greatest challenges that smallholder farmers face in Zimbabwe is how to irrigate bigger plots and get higher returns from their pieces of land.
Tajikistan: A leader emerges
Zokasjon Ergaschev sits at a desk in his small office surrounded by images of mothers and children with headlines such as “Wash Your Hands” and “Immunize Your Child” in Tajik and Russian.
Indonesia: Cleaning up Kalideras
In West Jakarta, the kampung (or community) of Kalideras had no choice but to go to the toilet in the ditches that led to the adjacent canal, or directly into the canal itself. But in 2009, Mercy Corps joined with local government and the community to help clean up.
Pakistan: Health clinics on wheels
I met 25-year-old Sahiba and her two-year-old son Rehan while they were waiting patiently to see a doctor at one of Mercy Corps mobile health clinics in Sindh province. Rehan had a bad cough for several days, and his mother was alarmed.
Pakistan: The chronicles of "Chlorine Baba"
Munawar Abbass is serious about water. Munawar is a Mercy Corps water coordinator, and he supervises a compact but complex water-processing plant that is keeping 8,000 flood survivors alive. He’s been at it for more than three months, first in the Swat Valley and now in Sindh Province.