World Water Day 2014: The highlights

Seven ways World Water Day 2014 was the best yet!


24 Mar 2014

This World Water Day, like every other day, 1 in 10 people still lacked access to clean, safe water. Together with our supporters around the world, we took action to raise awareness of this injustice and celebrate the ways safe water transforms lives.

Here are seven highlights from hundreds of inspiring World Water Day activities:

1. You supported our call for clean water for #EveryoneEverywhere in your thousands. We are so close to hitting our target of 10,000 names! Sign up here >

2. In the UK we took a giant interactive waterfall to Canary Wharf in London, supported by the HSBC Water Programme. Thousands of people stopped by to tweet and text their 'watergraphs' to the wall.

Photographer credit: WaterAid/ James McCauley

3. Across the globe, over 600,000 people took part in The World Walks for Water and Sanitation 2014 organised by End Water Poverty, a coalition WaterAid is part of.

4. Photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz began his take over of our Instagram feed with his stunning images from WaterAid projects in Pakistan. Follow us on Instagram to see them all

The students raise their hands in agreement that they will follow safe hygiene practices and use latrines at all times, Government Primary School (GPS) Harijan Colony Malan Hore Veena, Tharparkar, Pakistan, 2013.
Photographer credit: WaterAid/ Mustafah Abdulaziz

5. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden visited WaterAid projects in Tanzania, meeting communities that have been transformed by taps, toilets and good hygiene practices.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden visits WaterAid in Tanzania for World Water Day

6. In the US we asked, ‘What’s your water story?’ Blogger Jennifer Barbour visited Nicaragua to share stories from people like Linda who have been taught to build, install and maintain wells. Read the blog at >

Linda in Nicaragua from
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7. On the eve of World Water Day, we released an important new report, Bridging the divide, which highlights the need for water and sanitation aid to be better targeted at those most in need. Read the report >

Women carrying water in Nepal
Photographer credit: Charlie Bibby/ Financial Times

A big thank you to everyone who helped us make World Water Day 2014 the best yet.

World Water Day is just one day, but there are lots of ways to get involved with WaterAid all year round. See how you can help us transform lives >