We have helped over 21 million people worldwide. Behind this number lie the stories of how individual lives have been transformed in some of the world's poorest communities.

Real stories

Sweety, Bangladesh.

Building better futures 1 Apr 2015

One project. Four towns. Thousands of lives transformed. These are our highlights from Thames Water's life-changing campaign, Thames4Bangladesh.

Harpist Catrin Finch visits Ethiopia with WaterAid.

Catrin Finch visits Ethiopia 20 Mar 2015

WaterAid ambassador and world-renowned harpist Catrin Finch visited communities without safe water and toilets, and saw for herself the difference these essentials can make.

Sorgho Bila, 42, records rainfall in Basbedo, Burkina Faso.

Technology that changes lives 6 Mar 2015

From sand dams to rainfall gauges and level loggers, find out about the different technologies helping communities in Burkina Faso to take control of their water supply.

Josphine at her home in Basbedo, Burkina Faso.

Josephine's story 6 Mar 2015

When we launched an innovative pilot project in Josephine's village, she decided to make the most of having regular access to safe water – and set up her own business.

Balima explains graphs charting monthly rainfall and well water levels to fellow villagers in Basbedo village.

Project Sahel: Water 365 6 Mar 2015

Meet the communities at the heart of our pioneering new project in Burkina Faso, where local people have the tools to control their own water supply for the very first time.

Ram Rati, female mechanic, in Mahoba district, India.

Koudougou's story 5 Mar 2015

Koudougou Aminata was trained as a water monitor by WaterAid. Now she helps her community in Burkina Faso make the best use of their inconsistent water supplies.

Ram Rati, female mechanic, in Mahoba district, India.

Lawayesh's story 5 Mar 2015

Lawayesh Wonde lives in a slum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is the accountant for a WaterAid project that has built a rainwater-harvesting tank, toilets and showers in the slum.

Ram Rati, female mechanic, in Mahoba district, India.

The 'Toilet Ladies' 5 Mar 2015

Meet the ‘Toilet Ladies’! Sangeeta Srivastava and Chetna Tiwari have become well known in Kanpur, India, after motivating people to build life-changing toilets in more than 40 slums.