12 amazing things you helped WaterAid achieve in 2013

Thanks to you, we've reached more people than ever before with taps and toilets.


19 Dec 2013

Where did 2013 go?! Here are some of  our highlights from a very busy year...

  1. We want everyone, everywhere to have safe water and basic sanitation by 2030. Our interactive village, Welcome to Alakamisy, launched in February, showed you the incredible difference water and sanitation make.

    Woman carrying a heavy jerry can of water in a rural area

  2. In the 20 days leading up to the 20th World Water Day in March, we showed 20 amazing ways water changes lives! Stephen Fry was among the enthusiastic re-tweeters.
    Screengrab of a Stephen Fry re-tweet for WaterAid

  3. "Seeing people live in fear like that, looking into their eyes and feeling their despair is something I won't ever forget." WaterAid Ambassador Rachel Stevens explains the situation she saw in Ethiopia.

  4. Some of you like to show your commitment to the cause through the medium of dance, especially around Glastonbury festival time! Over 30,000 festival-goers signed our Pump up the volume petition - amazing!

  5. Meet the schoolchildren in Madagascar whose futures were transformed this summer. Our colleague Ernest blogged throughout Project Sekoly.

  6. In September, before Nick Clegg boarded his flight to a crucial UN meeting in New York about international development, we presented him with our life-size petition covered in your signatures.

    Nick Clegg with WaterAid supporters and staff at a petition hand-in

  7. In October, paralympian Ade Adepitan and DFID Minister Lynne Featherstone saw for themselves how toilets can be adapted for disabled people.

  8. You helped turn Louie the Loo into a hero on World Toilet Day, 19 November, with his smash hit song, Thank you toilet.

  9. You can visit our blog from Adi Sibhat, Ethiopia, right now to hear from the people in the community as their lives are changed forever by the arrival of water and sanitation.

    A father and son standing in front of mountains in northern Ethiopia

  10. Celebs including Rachel Stevens, Caprice and Samantha Barks (pictured), as well as city traders at ICAP, went #mad4water at the ICAP charity day in December, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for our vital work in Madagascar.

    Samantha Barks smiling while on the telephone, giving the thumbs up sign

  11. Our projects in post-war Sierra Leone and remote areas of Nepal (pictured) got water and sanitation to some of the hardest-to-reach regions in the world.

    A women in Nepal smiling as she washes her hands at a tapstand

  12. Thanks to your generosity, we reached more people than ever before: 1.7 million with safe water and 2.2 million with sanitation. Thank you!

    A group of young children with a 'Thank you' sign