WaterAid is an international organization whose mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Through our partners, we reached 2 million people with safe water and 3 million people with sanitation last year.


WaterAid's vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation.


WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities. We work with partners and influence decision-makers to maximize our impact.

What we do

WaterAid enables the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with improved hygiene, these basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty.

We work with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide them with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs.

We also work locally and internationally to change policy and practice and ensure water, hygiene and sanitation’s vital role in reducing poverty is recognized.

A young boy in Nicaragua drinking water from a plastic cup.

Our history

Established in 1981, WaterAid is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the world's poorest communities. 

Our strategy

Find out more about our global strategic objectives and ambitious targets.

WaterAid's Annual Report 2013-4

Annual reports

Get the global overview of progress towards our goals in the last financial year.

Board and staff

Find out more about WaterAid America's staff and meet our board members.

Jobs and volunteering

Join the team and help to transform lives in some of the world’s poorest communities.