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.
Kenya: Once upon a time in northeastern Kenya
Once upon a time in northeastern Kenya, there was a huge stretch of land called Wajir. In the language of the people who lived there, that name itself meant ‘Once upon a time...’ Once upon a time, the land in Wajir was green, the rains came often and life was good.
Kenya: Stranded and struggling eight miles from water
These are the children of Qaraa. Covered in dust, thin and dazed, they are on the brink.
Ethiopia: Dried-up lake in Gashamo district, Ethiopia
This was a small lake that served the water needs of families and their livestock — now it's mostly dried up.
Ethiopia: 'I have not known it this bad in 30 years'
Earlier this week in Ethiopia's drought-hit Somali Region, I saw a small boy kneel and drink from what was left of a pond.
Kenya: Providing clean water to 16 drought-affected Kenyan villages
Kenya: Checking in on our team in northeastern Kenya
Ethiopia: Planning ahead saves lives in Ethiopia
Though it’s only been in the headlines in the United Kingdom and United States for the past few weeks, Mercy Corps’ team in Ethiopia saw the crisis that’s gripping East Africa coming months ago.
Kenya: Water delivery to five drought-parched Kenyan villages
Kenya: Lifesaving relief for families in northeastern Kenya
“People here are falling down in masses ... it will be too late to do anything if we don't act now,” our emergency response leader in northeastern Kenya just told me on a phone call.
Indonesia: Joining the fanfare: a visit to the RW Siaga Plus+ program
I found myself being swept along with the wave of elementary students marching in the streets. Although at first I didn’t know the words to the song they were singing, I soon learned and sang along.