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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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
India: CHAI Program in India Launches New Initiatives
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
Sudan: Lack of Sanitation and Hygiene in Darfur Contributing to Deaths
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
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
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.