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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Help families get clean water June 4, 2009
More than 1.3 billion people around the world don't have clean water to drink. That's nearly as many people as live in China. And, when conflict and disaster force families deeper into poverty, that number keeps growing. So what can you do about it today?
Pakistan: IDP crisis worsens by the day May 27, 2009
The news coming in is not good. Thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) are still pouring out of parts of northern Pakistan where fighting is continuing between Taliban militants and military forces.
Indonesia: Nineteen: Hasanuddin, water seller May 15, 2009
Hasanuddin, 44, operates a small food stall and sells water in an illegal settlement under a toll road in Jakarta. He says that he earns "enough to survive."
DR Congo: Helping Those With Nowhere Else to Go April 30, 2009
Several dozen women stand on jagged volcanic rock in the pouring rain. The drenched clothes they're wearing are among the only possessions they were able to salvage when fleeing burning homes and brutal violence. They've had to drink rainwater from dirty puddles just to survive.
Somalia: Wellspring of Progress April 14, 2009
For the past seven years, Farhiyo Hussein, a 30-year-old mother of five, has lived in a camp in northern Somalia's Bossaso region. Like many IDP camps, hers lacked access to safe drinking water.
Sudan: Taking the lead in economic recovery October 15, 2008
Upper Nile state in southern Sudan has just emerged from two decades of civil war. Most of the residents of the area have recently returned home after years of being displaced because of the war. Living conditions are difficult and many people are without sources of income or employment.
Central African Republic: Gathering around the well October 15, 2008
People come together to build new water sources that will help the community and the displaced families who have arrived seeking refuge.
Indonesia: Healthy places, prosperous people September 4, 2008
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is expected to become East Asia's largest metropolitan region by 2015.
Somalia: Helping Somalis Endure Hardship May 22, 2008
As Somalia slides closer to famine, Mercy Corps continues to drill boreholes, build schools and offer short-term jobs in an area where few global relief agencies will tread.
DR Congo: Mercy Corps Reaches Families Torn by Conflict in Congo May 7, 2008
Mercy Corps is helping more than 50,000 displaced people meet their most basic needs in areas of conflict-ravaged northeastern Congo near the Rwandan border.