Clean Water & Sanitation

Mercy Ships helps to alleviate drinking water problems by providing training and assistance to local communities for digging new wells, and repairing existing water systems. Trainees receive basic education in how to maintain and take care of the wells and pumps.

Development teams work with villagers to build latrines, a basic component of a healthy community, and teach them about waterborne diseases and sanitation options. Mercy Ships seeks to establish a core group of people in each location who are able to teach and motivate others in creating and maintaining a healthy environment.


Agricultural programs help families and communities learn practical food-producing skills, thereby directly reducing malnutrition. Improved crops and income bring better health to the farmer, his family and his community. Teams address agricultural topics such as crop and garden planning, seed sowing and saving, natural disease and pest controls, and water conservation and irrigation practices.

These principles are foundational for sustainable community development.


In communities lacking resources and destroyed by disaster, Mercy Ships helps turn vision into reality. Together with local leaders, development teams assess community needs and then provide skills training, planning, assistance, and materials for a variety of building projects. Projects include building schools, clinics, orphanages and other public facilities.

During the construction, teams train local community members in useful building skills. The fact that residents are actively involved in Mercy Ships projects gives the local community a stronger sense of ownership.

Skills Training

For the poor or disabled in developing nations, the opportunity to learn a trade or skill offers a way out of poverty. Mercy Ships invests in individuals through on-the-job training, classroom teaching and capacity building, empowering peopleto improve their futures.

Women's Projects

In many developing countries, women in villages spend their lives fetching water and working in the fields, with little or no education. Mercy Ships empowers women in rural areas to embrace the possibility of transformation and to recognise their undeniably important role in society, mobilising them to find solutions to improve the quality of life for their families and communities through trade and commerce as well as emotional and spiritual development.

Mercy Ships works strategically to empower local leaders and establish community centers through training, support and motivation, mobilising them to initiate a compassionate, sustainable response to needs within their own communities.