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
Afghanistan: A Silver Lining in Northeastern Afghanistan
A Mercy Corps project that got off to a disappointing start in Kunduz Province finished with remarkable results.
Afghanistan: Saving the Darwishan Canal
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
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
For the past 15 years, the 120 families living in Marabda have been literally thirsty for a better life.
Liberia: Mercy Corps Launches Emergency Water Program
In response to evidence of increased cases of cholera and other waterborne diseases, Mercy Corps is launching an emergency water supply program in Liberia to help victims of civil war cut off from clean water.
Kosovo: Mercy Corps program delivers clean water to Kosovo village
For many years the residents of Temal, a small village in Kosovo, have dreaded walking to the town's wells to gather water, especially during the cold winter months. Now, many people in Temal will no longer need to make that trip.
Georgia: Water Power
Indonesia: Peaceful Water to Cool Conflict
Afghanistan: Orchards Promise the Fruit for Future Generations
Afghanistan: Building a Community of Participation
"Self-sustaining" and "community empowerment" are two terms found in almost every humanitarian assistance plan. Overused and sometimes overlooked, they represent the cornerstone of long-term success.