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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

Ernest's children walking through the streets of Wapassi, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

A tale of two toilets 20 Jul 2016

In the outskirts of Burkina Faso’s capital city, Ouagadougou, two families explain the life-changing difference living with – and without – a toilet can make.

Jane Healy (centre) stands with 30-year-old Babita (right) and members of her family outside her home in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Jane Healy visits WaterAid’s work in India 21 Jun 2016

As sanitation manager at Glastonbury festival, Jane Healy knows how important a decent toilet is – but it’s a basic necessity millions of people in India are still living without.

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.