Supporting Water Aid

WaterAid is an international charity. Their mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education

What they do

WaterAid enables the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with improved hygiene, these basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty.

We work with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide them with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs.

We also work locally and internationally to change policy and practice and ensure that water, hygiene and sanitation’s vital role in reducing poverty is recognised

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Who they work with

WaterAid and its partners work with individuals and families in their communities and use a mixture of low-cost technologies to deliver lasting water, sanitation and hygiene solutions.

“Having seen first hand the transformative effects that safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation have in reducing disease and child mortality… I feel honoured to be joining an organisation with a strong record in promoting and securing poor people’s access to these basic rights “
— Dr David Winder


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For 768 million people its a daily reality

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768 Million


2.5 Billion


700 Thousand

people in the world don’t have access to safe water. This is roughly one in ten of the world’s population  

2.5 billion people don’t have access to adequate sanitation, almost two-fifths of the world’s population.


Around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 2,000 children a day



Without safe water or sanitation, people are trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease. Across the developing world, millions of women are wasting precious time collecting dirty water, children are dying from preventable diarrhoeal diseases, and communities have open sewers running through them. Water and sanitation underpin health, education and livelihoods, and yet hundreds of millions of people live without these basic human rights.

£18.00 could pay for a hygiene education class for 40 children in Pakistan


Sanitation is the safe disposal of human waste, and is vital for health and wellbeing. But 2.5 billion people – almost two fifths of the world’s population – do not have access to a decent toilet. Where there is nowhere safe and clean to go to the toilet, people are exposed to disease, lack of privacy and indignity. When communities defecate in the open, disease spreads fast and water sources are polluted. Women and girls often have to wait until dark to go to the bush or a discreet part of town to defecate, where they are at risk of attack and abuse.

£2.00 a month over a year could pay for a composting latrine


Improving hygiene behaviour is vital if the full benefits of access to water and sanitation are to be realised. Yet diarrhoea is the second biggest killer of children under five years old worldwide

Where poor hygiene is practised, water-related diseases spread fast. And no amount of taps or toilets alone can prevent it.

Simply by washing hands with soap and water after going to the toilet and before preparing food or eating, people can avoid life threatening water-related diseases. Hand-washing alone could cut the risk of diarrhoea almost in half, saving hundreds of children’s lives every day.

However, improving hygiene behaviour can often be overlooked. This is because tackling the issue is difficult and time consuming. It requires talking to people about potentially sensitive issues and getting them to change long-term, ingrained habits

£10.00 a month over a year could pay for a tapstand in Nepal




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