We collaborate with federal, state and local governments and partners to deliver clean water to some of the poorest people in Nigeria.

With a population of over 174 million people, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. Political unrest, poor governance and corruption have led to decades of water shortages, while the population has increased rapidly.

Though there is surface and ground water, rapid population growth, particularly in urban areas, has not been supported with additional resources. Only 28.6% of people have access to safe sanitation and 30% live without access to clean water.

Funding for water, sanitation and hygiene is low and there is little coordination within the government. The poorest and most marginalised people live in unofficial slum settlements using expensive private services.


Nigeria districts: Jigawa, Bauchi, Plateau, Ekiti, Enugu, Benue


In Jigawa, constant water supplies are considered a luxury and the shortage of piped water is a long-standing problem. Outbreaks of water-borne diseases are very common.


Fewer than 50% of people have access to safe water and sanitation and the number of those without water is increasing. The population has grown rapidly, yet facilities have not been improved.


Water supplies from government sources are mostly unreliable so most houses use poor quality water from unsafe sources. Diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid are just some of the diseases affecting people here.


In the dry seasons people rely on pre-packaged water sachets and water vendors for domestic water, topping up with unsafe water from streams.


Clean water and safe toilets are so lacking that many diseases are able to spread easily. Water is often difficult to access from underground so many people walk long distances to fetch unsafe water.


Clean drinking water is a luxury in Benue. Most people rely on expensive water vendors for dangerous, contaminated streams and wells.