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663 million people live without clean water.

2.4 billion people don't have access to adequate sanitation, one in three of the world's population.

289,000 children under 5 die each year due to diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s 800 a day, or 1 child every 2 minutes.

Can you imagine life without safe water to drink? For millions of people it's a daily reality.

We believe everyone has the right to have clean water to drink and a safe place to go to the toilet. When people have these things they can lead healthy, dignified and productive lives.

But this often isn’t the case. 663 million people around the world still live without safe water, and 2.4 billion people do not have access to a decent toilet.

Women and girls suffer the most, often having to make the long walk to collect water that stops them from going to school, earning a living and achieving their dreams.

At WaterAid, we tackle the reasons why millions of the world’s poorest people live without these vital services, and work with local partners in 37 countries to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

We also campaign tirelessly to make sure that taps and toilets are at the top of the political agenda, and that governments recognise that access to safe water and sanitation is crucial to eradicating poverty.

Find out how we transform lives with safe water >

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When people's lives are transformed with clean water and toilets there is always a great story to tell.

HSBC employees in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia.

Going the distance for clean water

In October 2016, 100 HSBC employees from around the world braved sub-zero temperatures and trekked 100km across the Gobi Desert, Mongolia, for WaterAid.

Children in Vimphere playing with water.

A winter to remember for the people of Vimphere, Malawi

This winter your support helped to transform the village of Vimphere – clean water arrived in the village for the very first time. Select from the stories on this page to find out more about how life has changed for people there.