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: Tropical Storm Tomas headed toward Haiti
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
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
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?
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!
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
I should have explained, but I didn’t. Phagal, thankfully, didn’t need an explanation.
Ethiopia: What’s beyond Paradise
Pakistan: Homemade signs and help
'Buy a water bottle and help kids around the world!'
“Buy a water bottle, buy a pin! You can help kids around the world!”
Haiti: A new way to deliver water