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: Tackling the global water crisis with expert partner Xylem June 21, 2013
One in eight people around the world does not have access to clean water. This is how we're exploring new ways to fix that.
Niger: Meet our field staff: Ibro May 20, 2013
After leaving a job in radio journalism, Ibro is turning the message of resilience into reality for drought-stricken communities in Niger.
Jordan, Syria: Life in Zaatari: An inside look April 19, 2013
Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp is filled with uniform rows of tent upon tent now housing an estimated 140,000 Syrians. What is it like there for families who don't know when they can return home?
Jordan, Syria: A city rising from the desert April 8, 2013
Less than a year after opening, Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp is now housing more than 140,000 Syrian refugees, the equivalent of the country's fourth largest city.
Jordan, Syria: Desperately seeking water April 4, 2013
The arrival of water trucks in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp are a welcome sight for families who survive on limited rations. But the deliveries are simply not enough.
Making the world's water go further March 22, 2013
Take a look at many of our programs and you’ll find a common theme: clean water is the foundation of change.
Jordan, Syria: Syria refugee crisis becoming ‘unsustainable’ March 6, 2013
A visit to the Syrian refugee registration center in Jordan, which is receiving thousands of families who cross the border each day, highlights the urgent needs in this water-strapped country.
Yemen: Fetching water for families in Taiz March 1, 2013
An increased supply and new distribution programs help secure clean water — and provide jobs in Yemen's poorest communities.
DR Congo: Lives spent on the run February 12, 2013
Many children like this little girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo have never known a permanent home.
Yemen: A boy's thank you January 22, 2013
In Taiz, a young boy stands by the poem he wrote to thank our team for helping his family get clean water.