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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Nigeria: How refugees get the job done in their new cities
From New York to Nigeria, refugees are breathing life into their new communities. The research bears it out: Refugees need work, but local economies also need refugees.
South Sudan: Water, sanitation needs soar as South Sudan conflict persists
Ongoing violence in South Sudan continues to force people from their homes and into the relative safety of the U.N. displacement site in Bentiu. We're working to meet the critical sanitation and hygiene needs of the site's growing population.
DR Congo: Stories from the Field: Democratic Republic of Congo
Mercy Corps' Global Board Member Bob Newell travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of Mercy Corps' most complex countries.
International Day of the Girl: What's in the day of a refugee girl?
How does the life of a displaced girl differ from the young people you know? Meet girls from around the world who have been driven from their homes, and learn what a normal day means for them.
The truth behind 5 myths about global poverty
If the United Nations wants to truly end global poverty, its member nations will have to face some hard truths first.
Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Who are Syrian refugees?
Meet a few of the people whose lives have been turned upside down by the war in Syria, and learn how we're helping them survive until they can go home again.
Jordan, Syria: Syrian refugees brave brutal summer conditions
Syrian refugees at Zaatari camp face difficult challenges this summer. The sun and dust are unbearable, and there isn't enough water to bring relief. Hear about their experiences and learn how you can help.
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.