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We have helped over 23 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

Mangu, 14, washing in a separate water source where women are forced to bathe during menstruation, Nepal.

Menstrual Hygiene Day 28 May 2016

To mark Menstrual Hygiene Day on 28 May, we’re asking why girls and women around the world still have to overcome major obstacles every month – because they have their period.

Sushma, 15, photographs herself as part of a participatory photo project in Nepal.

Shame, secrecy and seclusion 24 May 2016

In Nepal, the lives of Sushma and her friends are turned upside down when they have their periods. Here, they use cameras for the first time to capture their experiences.

Elton, 19, sits outside his home in Bilwi, Nicaragua.

Plumbing vs. gangs 11 Apr 2016

Discover the stories of enterprising teenagers who are bringing clean water to their communities in Nicaragua – and helping to beat gang violence at the same time.

UK Scouts Jack, Becky and Hannah in Sabotsy Anjiro, Madagascar.

Scouts unite for safer water 5 May 2016

Three British Scouts visit Madagascar to discover how difficult life without clean water can be – and how we work with Madagascar's own Scouts Movement to make it better.

Lari, 57, holds a trunk given to her by her mother.

The things they carry 25 Apr 2016

Discover the profound and moving stories behind the possessions people saved from the rubble of their homes after the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.

Elida at the water kiosk she runs in Madagascar

Nepal earthquake: life one year on 25 Apr 2016

Survivors of last year’s earthquakes in Nepal talk to us about their experiences, their hopes to rebuild, and why toilets are crucial to their plans.

Elida at the water kiosk she runs in Madagascar

The women behind the water kiosks 8 Apr 2016

In rural Madagascar, we're helping communities set up and run their own water kiosks, so they can provide their friends, family and neighbours with clean, safe water.