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.
All stories about Water
The Right to Water
Improving Access, Combating Disease and Mitigating Conflict
Iraq: Emergency Aid to Southern Iraq
Jonathan Dill: Far from Typical
The problems of the developing world would usually be one of the last things on the mind of a typical American teenager, let alone something like the spread of waterborne diseases. But Jonathan Dill is far from typical.
Sudan: Into Um Dukhun
My journey to Um Dukhun began with a 75-minute ride in a U.N. helicopter from Nyala, the capital of South Darfur State. Nyala is where I'm based as program coordinator for Mercy Corps' relief efforts in Darfur.
Jordan: Saving Water in an Arid Paradise
'Ein Jenna, Jordan — The name of this village means "Spring of Paradise" in Arabic. It's a moniker that belies one of the main challenges facing this and countless other Jordanian communities: the scarcity of water.
Jordan: Quenching the Thirst of Goats
Al-Karak, Jordan — Few people know the value of water better than Za'al Al-Kawaleet.
DR Congo: The Key is Hope
Like thousands of Congolese children, young Giselle's path to relative safety in Goma has been grueling. But, with your help, Mercy Corps is offering them much-needed support once they reach their destination.
Sudan: Responding to Floods in Upper Nile, Sudan
The water arrived at night, quietly and suddenly to Garang's home along the Kurachai River. He and his family saw no signs of danger when they went to bed that night in mid-July.
Liberia: Clean Water and a Fresh Start
Sudan: Amira's Journey to Um Dukhun
The arrival of rainy season usually marks the highly anticipated start of planting season in western Sudan. For Amira, this year's rains means only that she and her family will remain wet.