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.

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.