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WaterAid works in 37 countries worldwide, transforming millions of lives every year with safe water, sanitation and hygiene projects.

East Africa

Percentage of population with access to sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
Percentage of population with access to safe water (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
6 year old Zafu Berha on her way back after collecting water in the village of Abyeto, Tigray, Ethiopia, 2013.Ethiopia map with capital marked

Ethiopia

Sanitation
Water

Ethiopia is in the Horn of Africa, where an extended period of droughts, famines and conflicts has had a serious impact on health and life expectancy. Many children die before the age of five.

    Woman with jerrican on back rolling water barrel with foot.Kenya map with capital marked

    Kenya

    Sanitation
    Water

    Kenya has a thriving tourist industry and exports tea, coffee and flowers around the world. But almost half the population live below the poverty line and millions lack safe water and basic toilets.

      Claudette, 7, collecting water from the Akagera river, Juru Sector, Bugesera district, Rwanda.Rwanda map with capital marked

      Rwanda

      Sanitation
      Water

      Since the genocide in 1994, Rwanda's economy has grown dramatically, showing inspiring signs of development. However, nearly two in three people live in poverty and millions still lack safe water and basic toilets.

        The water source where Norakishu is fetching water is used by both people and livestock, Kiserian, TanzaniaTanzania map with capital marked

        Tanzania

        Sanitation
        Water

        Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, home to 52 million people. Due to the hot, dry climate, safe water is scarce and growing enough food is often difficult for the mostly rural population.

          P7 student Scovia Aido (16) fetches water from a small watering hole near Abia Primary School, Opolin village, Kuju Sub-county, Amuria District, UgandaUganda map with capital marked

          Uganda

          Sanitation
          Water

          Uganda has been independent since 1962 but the government structure is still changing and many people have no access to basic water and sanitation facilities.


            Southern Africa

            Percentage of population with access to sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
            Percentage of population with access to safe water (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
            Woman with hat carrying box on head, in front of lake.Lesotho map with capital marked

            Lesotho

            Sanitation
            Water

            Lesotho is a small country: an enclave within South Africa. Two in five people live below the poverty line, and despite the country's valuable natural resources it remains very poor.

              Claire Berthine Rarualandy Raire, 8, collecting dirty water from the village's only water source, tainted with sulphur, Androvakely, Soavina, MadagascarMadagascar map with capital marked

              Madagascar

              Sanitation
              Water

              Madagascar is famous for its unique wildlife and landscape yet across the island half the population live without access to safe water and 84% have nowhere decent to go to the toilet.

                Mary Mbena, 22, carries the dirty water she has collected from the river, Kaniche village, MalawiMalawi map with capital marked

                Malawi

                Sanitation
                Water

                Malawi is known as the warm heart of Africa. Despite signs of economic development, many challenges remain – in rural areas only 20% of people have access to a toilet.

                  Jacinta Zelinto's baby son Salvadore drinks from a cup of dirty water at home in the village of Namissimbe, Niassa, MozambiqueMozambique map with capital marked

                  Mozambique

                  Sanitation
                  Water

                  Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony in East Africa, home to over 27 million people. War, floods, droughts and earthquakes have all challenged development here.

                    South Africa map with capital markedSouth Africa map with capital marked

                    South Africa

                    The South Africa team helps to coordinate our operations across Southern Africa from our regional office in Pretoria.

                      Two girls fill their watering cans from a pond beside the roadside.Swaziland map with capital marked

                      Swaziland

                      Sanitation
                      Water

                      Swaziland is a small country surrounded on three sides by South Africa and bordering Mozambique to the east. HIV/AIDS is widespread among the population, making the need for safe water, hygiene and basic toilets even greater.

                        Jessica Mwiinga collecting water from an unsafe open well that is 20 minutes walk from her house, Habeenzu village, ZambiaZambia map with capital marked

                        Zambia

                        Sanitation
                        Water

                        Zambia is one of the world's fastest growing economies, thanks to its rich resources and thriving agriculture sector. However, over half the population lives in poverty and millions lack clean water and basic toilets.

                          West Africa

                          Percentage of population with access to sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                          Percentage of population with access to safe water (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                          Ouedraogo Edmond, 32, WASH focal point of the local government, (left) and Bangre Komanga, 57, chief of Nabitenga, discuss the health of a local well in Nabitenga, Burkina FasoBurkina Faso with capital marked

                          Burkina Faso

                          Sanitation
                          Water

                          Droughts have made water scarce and caused many people to move to unplanned urban slums where services are poor.

                            Delight,15, with her eighteen-month-old daughter, Ayisha, on her back, collecting unsafe water from the Volta River in the community of Brubeng, Eastern Region, GhanaGhana map with capital marked

                            Ghana

                            Sanitation
                            Water

                            Ghana is rich in natural resources but many of its people are unemployed or live in poverty. Access to basic services is often inadequate, affecting people's health and preventing them from escaping poverty.

                              Women collecting unsafe water from a creek that runs near their community, at the bottom of a steep hill, Nyonken, River Gee County, LiberiaLiberia map with capital marked

                              Liberia

                              Sanitation
                              Water

                              Although Liberia emerged from a long and violent civil war in 2003, the country is still being rebuilt and many live in poverty. However, there is strong political will to bring safe water and basic toilets to the millions living without.

                                This area is very dry as the cracked water-parched earth suggests. The dam was visited after it had been used to irrigate rice, Sanankoro, in the commune of Tianfala, Mali.Mali map with capital marked

                                Mali

                                Sanitation
                                Water

                                Mali is a large, landlocked country in Western Africa, two thirds of which is desert. Despite exporting cotton and other resources across Africa and beyond, the country is one of the world's poorest.

                                  Hadiza Mahamadou outside her home in a nomadic Fulani encampment in Garinbale in the Commune of Soukoukoutan in the Dosso Region of NigerNiger map with capital marked

                                  Niger

                                  Sanitation
                                  Water

                                  Niger is the largest country in West Africa but also one of the least developed. Much of it is desert and droughts are common, making accessing water difficult.

                                    Women on their way back from the stream, Ugbolojor village, Ado district, Benue State, NigeriaNigeria map with capital marked

                                    Nigeria

                                    Sanitation
                                    Water

                                    Nigeria is the most densely inhabited country in Africa with a population of 184 million people and growing rapidly. Water and sanitation services are not keeping up with the demand, with devastating results.

                                      Senegal map with capital markedSenegal map with capital marked

                                      Senegal

                                      The Senegal team helps to coordinate our operations across West Africa from our new regional office in Dakar, Senegal.

                                        Jeneba Kamara and other children carry buckets of dirty water back from the water source in the village of Kotimahun, Sierra LeoneSierra Leone map with capital marked

                                        Sierra Leone

                                        Sanitation
                                        Water

                                        Sierra Leone emerged from a decade-long civil war in 2002 but the country still faces many challenges. Two thirds of the population live in poverty, and millions of people lack access to safe water and proper toilets.

                                          The Americas

                                          Percentage of population with access to sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                                          Percentage of population with access to safe water (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                                          River contamination in Bilwi, NicaraguaNicaragua map with capital marked

                                          Nicaragua

                                          Sanitation
                                          Water

                                          Known as the ‘Land of lakes and volcanoes’, Nicaragua has abundant sources of freshwater, but little of it is safe to drink or readily accessible.

                                            USAUSA

                                            United States

                                            The America team helps to coordinate and fund operations across our country programmes, with Nicaragua a particular focus.

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                                              Canada

                                              The Canadian team helps to coordinate and fund operations across our country teams.

                                                Asia and Pacific

                                                Percentage of population with access to sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                                                Percentage of population with access to safe water (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                                                AustraliaAustralia

                                                Australia

                                                The Australia team helps to coordinate and fund operations across our country programmes.

                                                  Mamuni collecting water at an open, unsafe source, Kewachora tea garden, Sylhet, BangladeshBangladesh map with capital marked

                                                  Bangladesh

                                                  Sanitation
                                                  Water

                                                  Bangladesh is one of the world’s most densely populated countries. 160 million people are crowded onto low-lying land where annual monsoon floods contaminate water sources and leave millions of people with appalling sanitary conditions.

                                                    A boy rowing.Cambodia map

                                                    Cambodia

                                                    Sanitation
                                                    Water

                                                    Despite a growing tourism industry, Cambodia remains one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia. More than half the population lacks adequate sanitation.

                                                      Uma Devi, aged 60-70, who has worked as a manual scavenger since age 11/12 in Sangi Masjid slum, Patna, Bihar, IndiaMap of india

                                                      India

                                                      Sanitation
                                                      Water

                                                      With a population of over a billion people, India is home to 17% of the world’s population. The divide between rich and poor is huge and over a quarter of people live in poverty.

                                                        JapanJapan

                                                        Japan

                                                        Our Japan office is currently setting up its presence. Please get in touch with our Country Representative to find out more.

                                                          Laos mapLaos map

                                                          Laos

                                                          Sanitation
                                                          Water

                                                          In mountainous Laos, over a third of the population don’t have anywhere to go to the toilet. WaterAid is currently planning how best to support Laos to increase access to water, sanitation and hygiene.

                                                            Myanmar mapMyanmar map

                                                            Myanmar

                                                            Sanitation
                                                            Water

                                                            Lack of access to safe water and sanitation causes around 18% of child deaths in Myanmar. WaterAid plans to commence work in Myanmar this year.

                                                              Jhalak Maya Damai, a member of the Dalit caste, collecting water in Tosramkhola VDC, Sindhuli district, NepalNepal map with capital marked

                                                              Nepal

                                                              Sanitation
                                                              Water

                                                              Nepal is a landlocked country with a beautiful but challenging landscape. Many people must make long, dangerous journeys to reach water sources. Less than of the population has somewhere safe to go to the toilet.

                                                                Village children collecting dirty water from an unprotected water source, in this fishing community there is no school or water and sanitation facilities available, Thatta, SindhVillage Khado Muhammad Jut, Union Council Gharo, Thatta, Sindh, PakistanPakistan map with capital marked

                                                                Pakistan

                                                                Sanitation
                                                                Water

                                                                Pakistan is one of the most populous countries in the world but millions of its people lack safe water or a basic toilet. Extreme flooding and an unstable political landscape are just some of the challenges faced.

                                                                   Child wearing festive clothes and feathered headress, with face painted red and white.Papua New Guinea map with capital marked

                                                                  Papua New Guinea

                                                                  Sanitation
                                                                  Water

                                                                  Papua New Guinea in the Pacific region is one of the most culturally diverse countries on the planet, but it is also one of the poorest. More than half the population lacks access to a safe water source or basic toilet.

                                                                    Solomon Islands hutSolomon Islands Map

                                                                    Solomon Islands

                                                                    Sanitation
                                                                    Water

                                                                    The Solomon Islands is ranked ‘low’ in the human development index and below the East Asia, the Pacific and World rank averages.

                                                                      Lugino de Jesus, 8, drinks water from a questionable water source. Suco Gugleur, Maubara sub-district, Liquica district, Timor Leste.Timor-Leste map map with capital marked

                                                                      Timor-Leste

                                                                      Sanitation
                                                                      Water

                                                                      Timor-Leste gained independence in 2002 following a 25 year war with neighbouring Indonesia. While there has been development and growth since, three in ten people still lack safe water and over twice as many have nowhere to go to the toilet.

                                                                        Europe

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                                                                        Sweden

                                                                        The Sweden team helps to coordinate and fund operations across our country programmes.

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                                                                          United Kingdom

                                                                          The UK team helps to coordinate and fund operations across our country programmes.