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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Sudan: New Arrivals Overwhelm West Darfur Camps
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
As instability worsens in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, Mercy Corps has expanded its commitment to families in need.
India: A New Harvest
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
Liberia: The Power of Water
Indonesia: Clean Hands, Healthier Kids
India: Changing Lives in Kalej Valley
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.
India: The Village that Works Together
Souden Gaon, India — Today, the Rana household might be the busiest place in the whole Darjeeling district. One of Ratankumar and Vedkumari Rama's daughters is getting married tomorrow.
Sudan: Making a Difference in Sudanese Refugee Camps
Mercy Corps is working to improve conditions for nearly 90,000 Sudanese living in three refugee camps across Darfur, a region roughly the size of France where more than 2 million people have fled their homes.
Sri Lanka: Sweetening Kuchchaveli’s Wells