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.
All stories about Water
Sudan: Responding to Floods in Upper Nile, Sudan August 7, 2007
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 July 18, 2007
Sudan: Amira's Journey to Um Dukhun July 3, 2007
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.
Sudan: New Arrivals Overwhelm West Darfur Camps June 25, 2007
Mercy Corps is providing shelter materials and other relief items for a new wave of displaced Darfurians and other African refugees flooding into Um Dukhun, a Sudanese border town at the center of an increasingly unstable region.
Sudan: An Expanded Commitment to Darfur March 21, 2007
As instability worsens in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, Mercy Corps has expanded its commitment to families in need.
India: A New Harvest March 5, 2007
Darjeeling tea is one of the world's most enjoyable beverages — but it doesn't come easily to your cup. Tea-growing families in the villages that dot Darjeeling's hillsides work hard just to make ends meet.
Indonesia: Priceless Water February 22, 2007
Liberia: The Power of Water April 7, 2006
Indonesia: Clean Hands, Healthier Kids March 21, 2006
India: Changing Lives in Kalej Valley January 19, 2006
In a remote area of West Bengal on the road to Darjeeling bazaar, down a steep, rocky two-track road, the Kalej Valley tea plantation operates as it has since colonial times.