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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Somalia: Water flows again for a Somaliland community October 21, 2009
Indonesia: Restoring the flow October 17, 2009
Electricity is back up and the cell phones are mostly working again — at least as well as they ever did — but there is still no running water in Padang city.
Indonesia: Before the fire September 27, 2009
Before the fire, neighborhood 12 of Penjaringan — a poor slum in the north of Jakarta — was vibrant and bustling with activity.
Indonesia: Opening the Taps September 1, 2009
If water is life, then Tanah Merah was dying.
Indonesia: Fulfilling Cot Paya village’s dreams August 25, 2009
My recent visit to a small village named Cot Paya in Indonesia's Aceh province was my second trip here.
Zimbabwe: Big smiles abound August 15, 2009
Water is the key to a good life in Zimbabwe. I am in southeastern Zim, near Mozambique. It is a dry area prone to drought, especially in the past 25 years — climate change perhaps? Farmers barely subsist, earning less than $2/day. Eight months ago this area was ravaged by cholera.
Indonesia: Urban fish tales August 6, 2009
Where there is water, men will fish. But I never imagined I'd see lines cast smack dab in the middle of Jakarta, a megapolitan city of at least 8.5 million people.
Indonesia: Exploring Jakarta's hidden city August 4, 2009
Sri Lanka: Drinking water for Sri Lanka's IDPs July 8, 2009
We're now supplying filtered drinking water to more than 46,000 displaced people in northern Sri Lanka — and a 100-bed hospital.
A million subtle shades of gray June 26, 2009
For the most part, black-and-white thinking doesn’t hold that true anymore for me. There’s nothing really akin to the moral absolutism of standing ground against a schoolyard bully.