WaterAid is supporting the Keep Your Promises global campaign calling on decision makers to stick to the commitments they have made to end the sanitation and water crisis.

What is Keep Your Promises?

Keep Your Promises is a global campaign to get decision makers to hold to their promises on ending the global sanitation and water crisis. Decision makers have made promises locally, nationally, regionally and globally to get safe drinking water and sanitation to the world's poorest countries and communities – but words are not enough! These promises must be kept if we are going to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to water and sanitation.

How we've been involved

On World Toilet Day, November 2012, the Keep Your Promises campaign was officially launched. WaterAid joined campaigners in over 25 countries to organise meetings with their politicians calling for them to stick to their commitments.

At the moment, WaterAid country programmes are joining over 200,000 people across the globe to prepare for the World Walks for Water and Sanitation on and around World Water Day, 22nd March 2013. They'll be walking in solidarity with the millions of people who have to walk for miles each day just to collect water for their basic needs or find a safe place to go to the toilet. They'll be telling politicians that it's time for an end to empty promises – and that commitments must be kept.

What's next?

Throughout the year, our offices will be joining with thousands of people worldwide to sign the Keep Your Promises petition, calling on decision makers to keep their promises to take action to end the sanitation and water crisis, and work towards providing sanitation and water for all. You can add your name to the petition here!

Why not join us and personalize the petition to make it relevant to your own country's sanitation and water commitments! Add your own campaign demands to the petition, for example asking for the construction of toilets in your town or village, or increasing the proportion of GDP spent on sanitation and water, and then hand it in to your local or national decision maker.

The Keep Your Promises campaign will culminate at the MDG Summit in New York in September 2013, when the Keep Your Promises global petition will be presented to decision makers calling on them to take action to ensure sanitation and water for all.

To find out more about the campaign, read more on the Keep Your Promises website.

Coming up this year

We're planning two really big events later this year but right now we're still in the planning stages. Check back soon to find out how you can support our campaign work both in Nigeria and globally.

Walking for Water

In March 2012, as part of World Water Day, WaterAid Nigeria joined the World Walks for Water campaign to help highlight and raise awareness for the national and global water and sanitation crisis.

Each year hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets and walk together to demand political change from governments around the world.

WaterAid Nigeria used the opportunity to unveil its own Water Works campaign, aimed at influencing a national, political commitment to improved water, sanitation and hygiene from its country's leaders.

Support the cause by joining the virtual walk on the World Walks for Water website.

Drawing the future

In early 2012, WaterAid Nigeria ran an arts and essay competition across selected government schools in the Federal Capital Territory and invited pupils to contribute their creative ideas.

The artwork was displayed as part of an exhibition and children were encouraged to use their work to tell national leaders that Water Works in support of WaterAid Nigeria's campaign.

The children presented the Minister of Water Resources with a bound compilation of their paintings, essays and poems ahead of a High Level Meeting in Washington, attended by world leaders.