people in Nigeria don't have access to safe water.

Over 130 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Nigeria, two thirds of the population.

In Nigeria, around 45,000 children under five years old die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

In Nigeria, water services cannot be delivered quickly enough to cope with the rapidly growing population. As a result, more than 63 million people live without access to safe water.

Nigeria's water infrastructure is also suffering from severe neglect. Rural areas in particular face a decline in services and in urban areas people are forced to buy water from private vendors, which most cannot afford.

Local governments often do not have the funds to make necessary improvements and can instead be forced to use short-term solutions which cannot be maintained by the communities who need them.

WaterAid works with the people that are most in need. We partner with local experts to build simple technologies that will last long into the future, helping to support health, education and livelihoods.

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How it affects people

A man and his wife sitting outside their house

Everest Ngirukwayo, Rwanda

Everest Ngirukwayo, 48, sitting outside his house with his son Innocent Twagira, 15, who is recovering from nearly drowning in the lake while collecting water. Nyiramahirwe village, Bugesera, Rwanda.

“My son fell in the lake collecting water. Another child passed him a jerry can but it floated away. He went after it but my son cannot swim so he got taken by the lake. All we require is access to water near to our house.”

A woman holding her child

Milimo Mwiinga, Zambia

Milimo Mwiinga, 25, who is pregnant, with her son Gifty, who nearly died of diarrohea. Kayola village, Namavwa ward, Zambia.

“I am very afraid when I have the new baby that the same thing will happen as it happened to Gifty. I think and worry but there is nothing I can do.”

A woman holding her child

Shilpi Mondal, Bangladesh

Shilpi Mondal with her daughter in their home. Moshashoripur village, Koyra, Bangladesh.

“We collect water from 20-30km away, usually about once every ten days. We share a boat with our neighbours as we can’t afford our own. This water gives us diarrhoea – we know it does – but what else can we do – we have no choice. When I give the water to my daughter I know it will make her ill. It makes me very sad.”