663 million people live without safe water.

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

Around 315,000 children under-five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. That's almost 900 children per day.

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.

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

WIP visit to Mozambique

Digging deep in Mozambique

In October 2016 a group of ten water industry supporters travelled to Mozambique to see firsthand the work being done there.

Iyasu, a student from Shimela, Ethiopia.

Big Days: Shimela, Ethiopia

The arrival of clean, safe water means this remote community now has the chance for a more prosperous future.

Haswell Banda from the village of Malawi.

Here to stay: progress in Chandaka

It’s been a life-changing year for the people of Chandaka. In 2015 a water pump was installed, and all 34 households got access to clean water overnight. Since then, the village has gone from strength to strength.