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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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.
Colombia: Trekking to see flood recovery efforts May 9, 2012
I just returned from a trip to Colombia where, instead of sitting behind a computer, I sat in planes, taxis, boats, vans, dugout canoes and on horseback — in one day.
Ethiopia: Rebuilding a community water source May 8, 2012
Emergency response program manager Kaja Wislinska speaks to community members who are repairing a pond too damaged to hold water. It is now a working water source for the 400 households in Ada Olaa village.
Nepal: Protecting natural resources April 12, 2012
Villagers in southwestern Nepal gather to tell Mercy Corps staff about their needs and how they make use of their surrounding environment — land, plants, water. The work is part of an assessment to figure out how to reduce natural resource-based conflict in the area.
Yemen: Humanitarian needs demand urgent attention April 1, 2012
After last year's revolution, Yemen is not only navigating a challenging political transition, but also faces an acute humanitarian crisis that threatens the lives of millions of residents.
Pakistan: Flood relief brings clean water back to families March 22, 2012
After barely recovering from historic floods in 2010, millions of people in Pakistan were hit once again with a heavy monsoon season last fall.
Colombia: Stronger communities in the wake of flooding March 22, 2012
Wilfran Zamora Nieto used to spend his days tending field of yucca, cotton, lettuce, radishes, cilantro and onions.
Indonesia: Neighborhood cleanup, one toilet at a time March 21, 2012
I recently met Mr. Ripan, a hardworking skilled builder in West Jakarta, Indonesia. He is the Head of Village within the neighborhood of Kali Deres and a big proponent of his community members installing toilets in their homes.
Indonesia: Neglected springs go from trickle to lifeline March 21, 2012
Padang is one of the world’s most vulnerable cities to earthquakes. Indonesia’s capital city is situated on a highly active fault line — the same one that triggered the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. And it is inevitable that another quake will hit in the future.
Nepal: Women channel healthy sanitation March 20, 2012
Toilets are a luxury in Kanchanpur District. In fact, throughout this rural area of southwest Nepal, few people have access to even rudimentary latrines.