people in Madagascar don't have access to safe water.

Over 21 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Madagascar.

Almost 4,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

Madagascar is famous for its unique wildlife and landscape yet across the island half the population live without access to safe water and 85% have nowhere decent to go to the toilet.

The crisis

Madagascar is at risk from extreme weather conditions which contaminate water sources and destroy sanitation facilities.

11.2 million people don’t have access to safe water and over 19 million don’t have adequate sanitation. Almost 4,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoea caused by lack of water and sanitation.

In remote rural communities, an average walk for water takes three hours and this loss of time makes it even harder for people to break the cycle of poverty.

Our approach

We use practical technologies and make sure the right skills exist in the community so they can keep them working long into the future.

We make change happen, especially in schools and health centres where people are given choices about the solutions which are most appropriate, affordable and accessible for their community.

We partner with the Scouting Association to publicly promote hygiene and the Ministries of Health and Education to shape national policies. Locally, we encourage simple solutions such as hand-washing and covering stored water.

Our impact

In Madagascar last year we reached:

  • 61,000 people with safe water
  • 110,000 people with improved sanitation