12 amazing things you helped WaterAid achieve in 2013

Thanks to the hard work of supporters, staff and partners around the world, we've had an even greater impact.


19 Dec 2013

Our highlights in 2013 came from all across the WaterAid world, including our newest member countries - Japan and Canada. Here are just 12:

  1. Our Chief Executive Barbara Frost addressed UN member states on the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene in the post-2015 framework, at the request of the Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon.

    Barbara Frost speaking at the UN in New York

  2. The UN recognised World Toilet Day for the first time and WaterAid joined WSSCC and Unilever to launch We Can't Wait, a report focusing on women and sanitation and hygiene.

    A conference room with a World Toilet Day sign above the stage

  3. Doing something good, while looking good! Aveda Canada's Earth Month Campaign raised over $590,000 for WaterAid.

    People in Canada looking up at the camera. Credit: Flow

  4. Tokyo schoolchildren said 'thank you' to their toilets for World Toilet Day. "We use toilets every day without thinking anything, but today we understand that toilets are really important for lives".

    School children in Japan with their toilet seat designs. Credit: WaterAid/Kaoru Takahashi

  5. In Australia we were at WOMAD festival to promote WaterAid's WASH away poverty campaign - calling on all sides of Parliament to prioritise water, sanitation and hygiene in Australia's aid programme, no matter who is in government.

  6. Three volunteers in WaterAid t-shirts at WOMAD festival in Australia

  7. UK MP Lynne Featherstone saw our Undoing Inequity project in Uganda, enabling people with disabilities to access sanitation services.

    Lady in a wheelchair smiling, with a crowd of people behind her

  8. Our Governance and Transparency Fund programme came to an end after working for five years across 16 countries.

    A woman with a microphone, campaigning

  9. Our WASHTech project led to a 'technology applicability framework to ensure different technology options are sustainable and can be scaled up.

  10. Alongside other organisations active at the South Asian Conference on Sanitation, we were delighted with the commitment to end open defecation in South Asia by 2023.

    A large group of people wearing orange garlands, sat down in a public square

  11. Artists and celebrities in Sweden were saying "I love toa" (an informal word for toilet) and creating beautiful exhibitions of the humble WC.

    Two people pointing at a toilet

  12. We were part of the global Keep your promises campaign, where over one million people asked world leaders to keep their WASH promises. This photo is from Nigeria.

    Delegates in Nigeria with a Keep Your Promises presentation

  13. We supported the global Walk for water and sanitation with over 400,000 people taking to the streets to engage with their political representatives.