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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Jordan, Syria: Wells under construction in refugee camp October 12, 2012
With funding from UNICEF and Xylem Watermark, Mercy Corps teams are building a water infrastructure for the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan. This new well will be part of a system that brings clean water to the approximately 25,000 Syrian refugees who now call this home.
Yemen: How we can turn the tide September 25, 2012
Some say Yemen is on the edge of abyss. But there is a tremendous opportunity in Yemen — especially if we can harness the potential of the youth.
Jordan, Syria: Zaatari refugee camp rapidly expands August 31, 2012
Less than six miles from the Syrian border, the Zaatari camp opened just a month ago and is already home to more than 20,000 refugees. The most pressing need in the camp is water.
Jordan, Syria: Securing clean water for Syrian refugees August 31, 2012
Mugar Dumitrache, Mercy Corps' emergency water and sanitation expert, recently arrived in Jordan to assess the situation in the rapidly expanding Zaatari refugee camp, now home to more than 15,000 people.
Somalia: Water provides new freedom for displaced women August 2, 2012
“Not only do we now have clean water to drink and cook with, we actually have more time to take care of our kids and perform other household chores,” says Dofo.
Yemen: A witness to distress in beautiful land July 19, 2012
Since Mercy Corps began working in Yemen in October 2010, we have kept our main office in the capital city of Sana’a. I see more and more women and young girls begging for food on the streets. Last month, nearly 100 soldiers were killed here by a suicide bomb.
Yemen: Relief and development in the slums of the forgotten July 19, 2012
Called akhdam, “the servants,” by their fellow countrymen — and muhamashyn, “the marginalised,” by organizations working to help them — Yemen’s outcasts stand outside of the nation’s already tumultuous social, economic and political life.
Jordan: Loans help families make the most of scarce water July 13, 2012
It is predicted that by 2025, Jordan will have completely drained its water resources. Farmers will not be able to grow crops, families will not have enough water to drink, cook or wash with.
Japan: Water partner Xylem recognized for its innovative support June 5, 2012
When it comes to many of our biggest initiatives, which can span multiple countries, Mercy Corps partners with companies that want to make a difference. Their funding, and many times their technical expertise, allow us to bring some big changes to people’s lives around the world.
Niger: Maintaining wells as drought takes its toll May 10, 2012
In Niger, cycles of drought and hunger are a harsh reality. Here, a family works on a well that Mercy Corps helped them rebuild.