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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Afghanistan: Irrigation canal saves 600 Afghan households
Ortabuz is a small village in the east of Afghanistan’s Takhar Province. At least 600 families are living in this small and green village. The people of Ortabuz are mostly farmers and each family have one or two jerib — about one-half to one full acre — of land for planting of crops.
Become a fan of ITT Watermark and bring clean water to families
In honor of World Water Day, ITT is raising funds for its nonprofit partners through a Facebook campaign. From March 22–March 26, ITT will donate $1 to safe water solutions for every new fan of the ITT Watermark Facebook fan page.
Liberia: Dish racks lead to healthier children
Of the 12 children that 50-year-old Annie Dolo gave birth to, seven are living. The other five died of malaria and measles.
Haiti: Cash-for-work and planning for the future
Spring of hope: EPES provides emergency water to earthquake survivors
In Chile, hard work and messages of hope
Hector Reyes —a staff member for Educacion Popular en Salud (EPES), Mercy Corps' local partner here in Chile — and I returned from the earthquake-shattered city of Concepción late last night.
Indonesia: Let the children enjoy the world
It is almost midnight here in Ambon, Indonesia. I’m about going to sleep but I realized that I haven’t visited the Mercy Corps Blog today. Since morning I was too busy at the office completing some work and didn't have any chance to do my everyday ritual — reading the blog.
Haiti: Assessing needs in a forgotten neighborhood
Yesterday I accompanied our water expert Mugur Dumitrache yesterday. It's a shantytown that Mugur has described as "not even being on any map."
Haiti: Assessing Haiti's precarious water situation
Today I am out visiting spontaneous camps of families displaced from their homes to determine their water situation — how much they're getting, where they're getting it, etc. — info that will be used to design our relief effort.
Haiti: Getting water to survivors