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Stories from our work

We have helped over 21 million people worldwide. Behind this number lie the stories of how individual lives have been transformed in some of the world's poorest communities.

Steps towards Clean India

Steps towards Clean India 26 May 2015

We know that toilets can save lives. Not having one can put people in real danger. When Radha Verma’s daughter was attacked on her way to their slum’s open defecation site, she was determined to protect her. Explore our multimedia page to find out how she and her neighbours are transforming lives in India’s toughest slums with safe toilets.

Train passing a women waiting to cross the railway tracks

Across the tracks 2 Feb 2015

As the Clean India campaign gets underway, with its ambitious target of a toilet for every household by 2019, WaterAid explores how something as simple as a toilet can help transform lives by following the story of one ambitious mother in Uttar Pradesh.


Koudougou's story

Koudougou Aminata was trained as a water monitor by WaterAid. Now she helps her community in Burkina Faso make the best use of their inconsistent water supplies.


Lawayesh's story

Lawayesh Wonde lives in a slum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is the accountant for a WaterAid project that has built a rainwater-harvesting tank, toilets and showers in the slum.


The 'Toilet Ladies'

Meet the ‘Toilet Ladies’! Sangeeta Srivastava and Chetna Tiwari have become well known in Kanpur, India, after motivating people to build life-changing toilets in more than 40 slums.


Yemisrach's story 20 Feb 2015

Having clean water and safe toilets at school will give Yemisrach the best possible start in life.

Mary sits with her two-week-old son, Eli.

A matter of birth and death 12 Dec 2014

Join us on a visit to a clinic in Tanzania, as we meet new mums and their babies and find out how clean water can save lives.