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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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.
Afghanistan: Rebuilding Opportunity
It was supposed to be 18 kilometers of life, flowing through rural villages and farms as steady as a summer breeze. It would be a welcome elixir that would keep families and livestock healthy, while allowing an impoverished region to claw its way to economic prosperity.
Afghanistan: Master Trainers
On the inhospitable border, nicknamed "No Man's Land", between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a husband and wife team is working to improve the lives of Afghan refugee families flowing to and from Pakistan. Parveen and Syed Safdar are Master Trainers for Mercy Corps.
Afghanistan: Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst
CHAMAN, Pakistan - Not a tree, bush or green living thing can be seen for miles. Dust-devils spot the arid landscape near the Pakistani town of Chaman, on the Afghan border. It is this hot, inhospitable place that over 33,000 Afghan refugees call home, for now.
Afghanistan: A family struggles to survive in Afghanistan
Mullah Hatem is 75 years old. Two months ago he was forced to leave his home in Ghor Province and take his family further south in search of food and water. He is sick and cannot afford to feed his family, let alone visit a doctor.