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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Pakistan: Homemade signs and help
'Buy a water bottle and help kids around the world!'
“Buy a water bottle, buy a pin! You can help kids around the world!”
Haiti: A new way to deliver water
Indonesia: Video: Our Work in Jakarta
There are so many ways to know whether a project could really have an impact in communities that we work in. The most frequent method use is, of course, conduct a base line assessment (output: numbers) and then conduct the end line assessment (output: numbers) and compare the two of them.
Haiti: Our earthquake work in Haiti
Mercy Corps continues to provide emergency relief to families living in camps in Port-au-Prince, including water, sanitation, psychosocial support and temporary income through cash-for-work.
Indonesia: Padang: seven months after the earthquake
“Now I know what to do when an earthquake strikes. I will hide under a table,” said Nisa, a third grader at Coroco elementary school, Pesisir Selatan district, West Sumatra after joining a Mercy Corps earthquake and tsunami awareness session.
China: Struggles in Qinghai — notes from the earthquake zone
Today is the fourth day since the devastating 7.1 Qinghai Earthquake took so many lives, livelihoods and homes. I was anxious to get out to Qinghai.
Kyrgyzstan: Toilets and community capacity development
I arrived on a typical school day to what seemed an empty school. That was because everyone was in the bathroom!
Walking for water
“If you visit American city You will find it very pretty Just two things of which you must beware, Don’t drink the water and don’t breathe the air.”
Afghanistan: Irrigation canal saves 600 Afghan households
Ortabuz is a small village in the east of Afghanistan’s Takhar Province. At least 600 families are living in this small and green village. The people of Ortabuz are mostly farmers and each family have one or two jerib — about one-half to one full acre — of land for planting of crops.