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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Somalia: Delivering clean water in Mogadishu September 15, 2011
Mercy Corps is trucking desperately needed water to camps for the displaced in Mogadishu. In response to the outbreak of water-borne diseases, such as cholera, we will also be starting hygiene and sanitation programs in the camps.
Kenya: Collecting water in West Wajir September 9, 2011
In towns that are lucky enough to have boreholes, Mercy Corps is providing fuel subsidies so that pastoral families can water their herds and protect what livestock they have left.
Kenya: Without water in West Wajir September 9, 2011
"Look. Over there. See them?"
Colombia: New hope for flooded-out families September 8, 2011
Somalia: Update from Mogadishu September 8, 2011
I just returned from Mogadishu, where we're trucking clean water to three tent camps in Mogadishu, reaching more than 13,000 people every day.
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya: Water delivery starts in Mogadishu September 2, 2011
Although the crisis in Africa's Horn has fallen off the front pages, the situation "continues to deteriorate," according to the latest UN report. Cholera, measles and malaria are on the rise. Food prices have shot up, livestock are withering, and water is scarce.
Reporting out from World Water Week in Stockholm September 2, 2011
Thirteen members of Mercy Corps representing five country programs, the United States and Scotland gathered in Stockholm last week to attend sessions and network with leading governmental representatives, private agencies, and non-governmental organizations working on issues related to water.
Somalia: Walking for weeks to reach Mogadishu's sprawling camps August 19, 2011
Somalia: In Mogadishu's overcrowded hospitals August 17, 2011
Kenya: Saadia Farah and her daughter Amina in Wajir County, Kenya August 14, 2011
Eighteen-year-old Saadia Farah and her one-year-old daughter Amina, who are surviving the Horn of Africa's brutal famine with help from Mercy Corps.