Lives are transformed when hours spent carrying water are instead spent with family, tending crops, raising livestock or starting a business. Simple access to water, toilets, and hygiene education keeps families healthy, women and girls safe, and children in school. In communities around the world, WaterAid has helped 21 million people gain access to safe water.
Kenneth Hamatende from Zambia explains the changes in his village after a borehole was dug.
"I was really happy when we got the water in our village, especially for my disabled son. The health visitor can confirm if you actually go around the village you can see that we have no health problems at all. The way that we dress is good, everyone is well bathed. It is like daylight has come to us."
Chisomo Kaunda, a student from Malawi, shows us the difference having decent, private toilets at school makes.
"Before we had the new latrines us girls had to go to the toilet in the bush. I feel now that my future is bright because…I will know the importance of clean water and of good hygiene and I will take these messages with me and spread them to others."
Monika Nayak, a tea picker from Bangladesh, talks about the impact of good hygiene on her community.
"Before WaterAid's partner came we had illnesses. We couldn't save money. But now we've become more prosperous. It is getting better for us. I say to people...that they should wash their hands before eating. I educate the community about good practices."
Tika Devi Magar from Nepal speaks about mobilizing her community to make change happen.
"I used to wonder how they could say that they couldn't provide drinking water for us. I had a kind of anger for that. A single person can't do anything. We had to go for a collective effort. We got our water by fighting for our rights."
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