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. We also help people learn proper sanitation, improve distribution and irrigation, and strengthen communities against flooding.
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Indonesia: Cleaning up Kalideras November 12, 2010
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 November 8, 2010
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" November 2, 2010
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.
Haiti: Tropical Storm Tomas headed toward Haiti November 1, 2010
Mercy Corps' water and sanitation team is out in Port-au-Prince camps today with two messages: how to prevent the spread of cholera, and how to prepare for tropical storm Tomas, which is currently headed toward Haiti and may strengthen into a hurricane at the end of the week.
Haiti: Getting the word out on cholera October 29, 2010
For the last two days I've been out with Mercy Corps' Haiti team, which has been visiting communities in both Port-au-Prince and the Center Department to ensure they have the information they need about cholera: how to prevent it and treat it.
Ethiopia: Water, health, safety and extra time October 27, 2010
In many parts of Ethiopia, water — or the lack thereof — is a matter of life or death. Birtukan Bulki knows this better than most.
Indonesia: Water, water everywhere… and every drop to drink? October 21, 2010
As I write this, my shoes are hanging up to dry, dripping onto the ceramic floor of my hotel bathroom. In more ways than one this — my first day in Ambon, capital city of Indonesia’s Maluku Islands — has been thoroughly water-soaked.
Indonesia: Normally I don’t like children. But today I had no choice! October 15, 2010
As most of my colleagues will tell you, generally I’m not keen on kids. But today, celebrating Global Handwashing Day with more than 1,500 mothers and children in West Jakarta, I had to get over that pretty quickly.
Pakistan: A long way home October 6, 2010
I should have explained, but I didn’t. Phagal, thankfully, didn’t need an explanation.
Ethiopia: What’s beyond Paradise September 8, 2010