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Lack of access to safe water and clean toilets affects everyone, but it has a particularly profound impact on the lives of girls.

That's why this summer, as part of our Change the Record campaign, we asked girls around the world to write a message explaining how important water and toilets are to their daily lives – and met some of the girls whose futures have already been changed by the impact of our work in their communities.

We also took the campaign to Glastonbury 2014, and asked festivalgoers to sign our petition to make sure everyone, everywhere has access to clean water and safe toilets by 2030. Find out more about the festival and add your voice to the campaign here.

"I am always late for school as I have to go to fetch water."
- Chameli, 15, Nagarkot, Nepal

Chameli holds her record in Nepal

Chameli likes to read and wants to improve her English. But at least three times a day, she has to collect water for her family – which makes her late for school and hampers her progress. Credit: WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya.

"I will feel safe if a toilet is constructed here."
- Hasina, 14, Kanpur, India

Hasina holds a record in India

Hasina lives in a slum with no toilets. She feels embarrassed having to relieve herself out in the open, and knows she's also at risk of attack. Credit: WaterAid/Poulomi Basu.

"Clean water will save me from diarrhoea."
- Nice, 13, Tenya, Ghana

Nice holds her record in Ghana

In Nice's community, people frequently get ill because of the water. She often has an upset stomach – which means missing out on school. Credit: WaterAid/Nyani Quarmyne/Panos.

"Our [water] source is very far and I always fall down."
- Solo, 13, Madagascar

Solo holds her record in Madagascar

At least twice a day, Solo has to carry 20 litres of dirty water up a steep, narrow path, putting her health and her future at risk. Credit: WaterAid/Abbie Trayler-Smith.

"My water is contaminated by fish farming."
- Leticia, 19, Tenya, Ghana

Leticia holds her record in Ghana

Leticia's community has no access to safe water. They're worried that the chemicals used for fishing are making them ill, and have even cost some people their lives. Credit: WaterAid/Nyani Quarmyne/Panos. 

"Now we have clean water nearby, I have more time to study."
- Lisa, 11, Ambovokely village, Madagascar

Lisa holds her record in Madagascar

Since we helped Lisa's community install a waterpoint and toilets, she doesn’t have to get up early to collect water – and can get to school on time. Credit: WaterAid/Abbie Trayler-Smith.

"I don't need to go to the toilet in the bush again."
- Patience, 13, Osuwem, Ghana

Patience holds her record in Ghana

Thanks to the toilets we helped to build at her school, Patience no longer needs to go to the loo in the bush – or feel afraid of snake bites. Credit: WaterAid/Nyani Quarmyne/Panos.

Top image: Kalkidan, 13, from Maygema, Ethiopia, holds a record that reads, "If I want to use a toilet, I have to pay for it." With no toilet in her home, Kalkidan has two choices: walk to the next village and pay to use the loo, or go out in the open.