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: Chaos in Congo: After the rebel invasion
When rebels invaded Goma, eastern Congo's largest city, our teams rushed to help tens of thousands who were forced to flee as the battle approached their homes.
Jordan, Syria: A well of hope at Zaatari refugee camp
“Everybody here is looking forward to having easier access to clean water,” Elena Buryan, head of Mercy Corps’ emergency response team in Jordan, told me as we walked through Zaatari followed by children.
DR Congo: New wave of displacement strains water supply
Mercy Corps is ramping up efforts to get more water to families who continue fleeing the volatile situation in Goma.
Jordan, Syria: Improving life in refugee camp
The Zaatari refugee camp is practically unrecognizable from the giant dustbowl it was when it opened this past July.
Ethiopia: Clean water for Anab
What can clean water do for women in Ethiopia? Find out how Anab's health — and future — are looking better thanks to the new reservoir Mercy Corps built.
DR Congo: Supplying water to the newly displaced
Mercy Corps is supplying emergency water services and sanitation supplies to meet the needs of newly displaced families in the beleaguered city of Goma — and to stem the outbreak of waterborne disease.
Ethiopia: A little laughter, a lot of water
Anab and her friends are getting a kick out of photographer Joni Kabana, who is visiting Mercy Corps programs in Ethiopia this week.
Yemen: Clean water for the most vulnerable families
Mercy Corps teams are helping families access clean water in some of the poorest areas of Taiz, which has been rocked by violent uprisings and subsequent price inflation.
Jordan, Syria: Wells under construction in refugee camp
With funding from UNICEF and Xylem Watermark, Mercy Corps teams are building a water infrastructure for the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan. This new well will be part of a system that brings clean water to the approximately 25,000 Syrian refugees who now call this home.
Yemen: How we can turn the tide
Some say Yemen is on the edge of abyss. But there is a tremendous opportunity in Yemen — especially if we can harness the potential of the youth.