Stories from our work

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.


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.

Patrick Musa

Ram Rati’s story

Broken handpumps and wells are no longer a problem in Mahoba district, India, thanks to Ram Rati and her team.

Patrick Musa

Breaking the silence on menstruation in Kampala, Uganda

WaterAid Uganda has been working with 40 schools in the slums of Kampala, the capital. As well as providing safe water and sanitation facilities, we’re promoting menstrual hygiene in schools to empower students and teachers to talk about the subject.

Patrick Musa

Patrick's story

Meet our Programme Officer in Sierra Leone, a post-conflict country where we have recently started working again.