Our To be a girl appeal hits an incredible £2million

Thanks to your support and match funding from the UK Government, we can rewrite the story for over a quarter of a million girls with clean water and safe toilets, changing their lives forever.


10 Sep 2014 | UK

When we launched our To be a girl appeal this summer, we asked you to help us reach an ambitious target: to raise £1million and transform the lives of 130,000 girls with clean water and safe toilets.

Thanks to your incredible support we've more than exceeded that target, raising a phenomenal £2million in donations, which will be doubled by the UK Government as part of their match funding scheme.

It’s the most we've ever raised from a standalone fundraising campaign and means we can rewrite the story for over a quarter of a million girls around the world with clean water and safe toilets.

It's an amazing achievement, and we can't say thank you enough to everyone who's supported the appeal so far.

Turning on the taps for the very first time

Thanks to the support of people like you, life has already changed for two of the girls whose stories we shared during our To be a girl appeal.

This week, Solo and Ze turned on the taps in their village in Madagascar for the very first time – bringing clean water and the chance of a brighter future to their entire community. Watch the moment it happened here:

How you made it happen

Throughout the summer, you told us about the weird, wacky and just plain wonderful ways you were raising money for To be a girl.

From signing up to Run to the Beat and cycling on a robo-bike to holding a loom band sale, putting on an opera and even rowing across the Pacific – you pulled out all the stops to transform the lives of girls around the world. Many of you even took on the #IceBucketChallenge for us, with some very creative twists along the way!

A whole host of celebrities also pledged their support, from actress Samantha Barks and Palaympian Ellie Simmonds, who visited our projects in Madagascar and Uganda respectively, to the cast of Downton Abbey, who showed their support after a plastic water bottle blooper went viral, and stars including singer Rachel Stevens, presenter Laura Whitmore and comedian Helen Lederer, who all shared photos of themselves when they were a girl to support the appeal.

Lana shows off her medal
Five-year-old Lana ran an incredible 5k for WaterAid this summer.
Credit: WaterAid/Marion Wurr

Forging a positive future

Your support means thousands of girls around the world can look forward to a very different future, where they no longer have to face the indignity and danger of going to the toilet in the open or spend hours every day collecting water for their families, which can put their health and their education at risk.

"We are absolutely delighted by the response of the British public to our To be a girl appeal," says Barbara Frost, Chief Executive of WaterAid. "Access to clean water and safe toilets allows girls to live healthy lives and to stay at school, giving them the opportunity to forge a positive future for themselves and for their communities."

Find out more about the appeal and what you've helped us achieve at