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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Diversifying Livelihoods March 7, 2005
India: CHAI Program in India Launches New Initiatives November 4, 2004
A partnership between Portland-based Tazo Tea, Mercy Corps and local implementing partner DEG is improving health care and agriculture in India's impoverished Darjeeling region.
Afghanistan: A Day in the Life of an Aid Worker in Afghanistan October 29, 2004
Sudan: Lack of Sanitation and Hygiene in Darfur Contributing to Deaths October 26, 2004
In the dusty, crowded camps for people displaced in Zalingei, West Darfur, the living situation for the 58,000 new residents is almost unbearable. Children sit on the dirt ground covered with flies. They have long ago given up exerting the energy to swat them away.
Afghanistan: New Hope Flows Into Zad Kamar June 2, 2004
Zad Kamar is a Pashto community in a predominantly ethnic Tajik area of northeast Afghanistan. Located in Khanabad District (Kunduz Province), it was situated along the front-line of the war between the Pashto-majority Taliban and the Northern Alliance.
Mercy Corps Meeting Immediate Needs, Addressing Long-Term Concerns of Bam's Residents January 27, 2004
One month after a devastating earthquake leveled this ancient town in southeastern Iran, there remain massive emergency and long-term concerns for the more than 70,000 people left homeless and living in tents and makeshift shelters.
Afghanistan: A Silver Lining in Northeastern Afghanistan December 24, 2003
A Mercy Corps project that got off to a disappointing start in Kunduz Province finished with remarkable results.
Afghanistan: Saving the Darwishan Canal August 27, 2003
Engineer Amir Mohammad has worked on many projects during his four years with Mercy Corps, yet there is no question about the most important one: the rehabilitation of the Darwishan Canal.
Afghanistan: Tackling the Obstacles and Harnessing the Opportunities August 27, 2003
Twists and turns. Stops and starts. Ever-changing conditions. Adaptation. Obstacles. Success. That is Afghanistan. It also defines Mercy Corps' Emergency Support for Drought and Conflict Affected Populations in Afghanistan program.
Georgia: After 15-Year Absence, Water Returns to Georgia Village August 25, 2003
For the past 15 years, the 120 families living in Marabda have been literally thirsty for a better life.