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.

Vida Alebra, 32

Vida’s story

Vida has her own business in Pobaga, Bolgatanga, Ghana. She makes and sells tie dye and printed cloth to make a living and support her family. Without safe water, she would not be able to provide for her family.

Mariette Rasoazanany, Madagascar

Mariette’s story

Mariette was reluctant to get involved in her community’s water management. But now she’s an inspiration to other women in her village!

23 year old maternal health educator Nigsty Samuel, in Adi Sibhat.

Nigsty’s story

23 year old health worker Nigsty Samuel teaches communities about hygiene and helps them to build toilets. She visited the village of Adi Sibhat in Ethiopia every day during our Big Pipe Project.

Tiangay Sesay holds one of her grandchildren, at home in the village of Nyeama, Sierra Leone,

Tiangay’s story

After losing her baby daughter to diarrhoea, Tiangay now leads the development of her village.

A girl sitting in a classroom.

International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl recognises challenges faced by girls across the world. This year, the focus is on the importance of education.

Ernest Randriarimilala, WaterAid's Communications Support Officer

Ernest’s story

Ernest is a Communications Support Officer for WaterAid and he spends his time documenting life before and after water and sanitation across Madagascar. Ernest lived without access to safe water and sanitation as a child, so is well placed to understand the challenges faced by the communities we serve.

Women from Ethiopia sitting on bed

Sesen’s story

Sesen Mehari lives in rural Ethiopia, where she has no access to safe water in her village. Instead, she has to walk for an hour to an unsafe supply, sometimes twice a day, making it hard for her to earn a living.

A women carries a jerry can in Alakamisy, Madagascar

Welcome to Alakamisy

Explore the isolated community of Alakamisy, in central Madagascar, through our interactive feature. Alakamisy has been transformed by the arrival of safe water and sanitation. The community relies on farming so a safe source of water is crucial for people’s livelihoods as well as their health, and is helping them to work towards achieving their dreams.