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.

The importance of water

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 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 dirty 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 38 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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Some groups, such as women or disabled people, often miss out on services such as access to safe water and sanitation, and hygiene promotion. This affects their health, and prevents them from living dignified and prosperous lives.

Safe water, sanitation and hygiene services should benefit everybody. For example, toilets and safe water points should be accessible for wheelchair users and menstrual hygiene education should be available for all women and girls.

We work with local partners to reach the poorest and most marginalised people, and call on governments to provide solutions for everyone everywhere.

We believe governments can enable change so that public and private organisations and civil society can all operate effectively.

We also work with governments to develop national strategies to reach everyone everywhere with sustainable, safe water, sanitation and hygiene services.

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We believe that taps and toilets will play a crucial role in eradicating poverty.

That’s why over the last three years our supporters campaigned tirelessly to help us achieve something life-changing: a dedicated Global Goal for water and sanitation.

In September 2015, world leaders met at the United Nations General Assembly and committed to 17 Global Goals – on issues including health, hunger and education – with the aim of ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and fixing climate change.

Find out how the Global Goals could change the future for all of us and our planet >

The generosity of our supporters is behind everything we do. Individuals, companies, trusts, foundations and governments are all committed to our vision of a world where everyone everywhere has access to safe water, taps and toilets by 2030.

Donations from appeals, events and funding partnerships provide the vital resources to carry out our work.

Many of our tireless, intrepid and inventive supporters are also fantastic campaigners and advocates, telling their friends about WaterAid, encouraging others to get involved, and raising the profile of the issues behind the crisis.

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