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.
DR Congo: How much water in a day?
The search for water is a backbreaking ordeal in Goma. Why? See how we've brought clean water within reach — and how women like Justine use the vital resource every day.
South Sudan: Escalating warfare drives more families toward hunger
Increasingly brutal fighting has put 4.6 million people at risk of going hungry — the highest number since the start of the crisis. Learn how we're helping families meet their urgent needs for survival.
Lebanon, Syria: The struggle to build a home away from home
For refugee families like Daad’s, even the basics are hard to come by. They need better shelter, more food, and perhaps most importantly this summer: clean water.
Jordan, Syria: Q+A: What you need to know about water scarcity in Jordan
Water is alarmingly scarce in Jordan. We spoke with a Mercy Corps water engineer about how his team is working to fix the problem and ensure that Jordanians and Syrian refugees have access to clean water.
Yemen: Staff speak out about work in a conflict zone
Two of our team members report from war-torn Yemen on how they're persevering to reach people in need despite ongoing clashes.
Jordan, Syria: Beyond water: New solutions in one of the driest countries
Change begins with clean water. See how we're repairing Jordan's aging water system to bring more of the vital resource to citizens and Syrian refugees.
DR Congo: The quest for clean water comes closer to home
Many people spend hours every day just gathering water. See how we’ve changed that for thousands of families living in a city built on lava.
Philippines: Clean water for Baby Yolee's first birthday
Yolee was born just hours before Typhoon Haiyan destroyed her family's home. Today, they're celebrating progress with a new source of clean water.
Central African Republic: Rainy season heightens risk of disease
New photos from the Central African Republic, where we're addressing urgent water and sanitation needs for displaced families facing squalid living conditions.
Jordan: Water scarcity and the Syrian refugee crisis
Jordan is running out of water. Our new report details the daily impact on families and provides key recommendations to help the millions in need.