We have helped over 19.2 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

A woman walks through a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Breaking the silence on menstruation in Kampala, Uganda

WaterAid Uganda has been working with 40 schools in the slums of Kampala, the capital. As well as providing safe water and sanitation facilities, we’re promoting menstrual hygiene in schools to empower students and teachers to talk about the subject.

A woman walks through a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Menstrual Hygiene Day

We're marking the first Menstrual Hygiene Day by challenging the myths surrounding periods, so they no longer stop women and girls achieving their ambitions.   

Patrick Musa

Patrick's story

Meet our Programme Officer in Sierra Leone, a post-conflict country where we have recently started working again.

Vida’s story

Vida has her own business in Pobaga, Bolgatanga, Ghana. She makes and sells tie dye and printed cloth to make a living and support her family. Without safe water, she would not be able to provide for her family.

Mariette’s story

Mariette was reluctant to get involved in her community’s water management. But now she’s an inspiration to other women in her village!

Nigsty’s story

23 year old health worker, Nigsty Samuel, teaches communities about hygiene and helps them to build toilets. She visited the village of Adi Sibhat in Ethiopia every day during our Big Pipe Project.

Tiangay’s story

After losing her baby daughter to diarrhoea, Tiangay now leads the development of her village.