Where we work


WaterAid works in 26 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)
Woman with yellow water jug strapped to her back.Ethiopia map with capital marked

Ethiopia

Sanitation
Water

Health services are limited and water and sanitation facilities very rare in the vast expanses of Ethiopia.

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

    Kenya

    Sanitation
    Water

    Despite progress in many areas, Kenya’s water and sanitation coverage remains dangerously low.

      Woman and small child on wooden bridge over a stream.Rwanda map with capital marked

      Rwanda

      Sanitation
      Water

      The Rwanda Government is committed to providing water and sanitation, but millions remain unserved.

        Women collecting water from an unclean sourceTanzania map with capital marked

        Tanzania

        Sanitation
        Water

        Despite its abundance of lakes, safe water is in short supply in Tanzania and over 85% of people have no sanitation.

          Justinea Nasanga and her family at a pre-intervention WaterAid site at Makere 3 slum, Kampala, Uganda.Uganda map with capital marked

          Uganda

          Sanitation
          Water

          Uganda's basic services are still not accessible to many, leaving millions of desperately poor people without safe water and sanitation.


            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

            There are severe water supply and hygiene problems in Lesotho, with the UN describing 40% of people as “ultra-poor”.

              A girl fills her bucket from a handpump.Madagascar map with capital marked

              Madagascar

              Sanitation
              Water

              On the huge island of Madagascar well over half the population has no safe water and only 14% have anywhere to go to the toilet.

                Woman walking on dirt path through field of crops, carrying yellow jerrican.Malawi map with capital marked

                Malawi

                Sanitation
                Water

                Most Malawians live in rural communities where population density is high and water-related diseases and HIV/AIDS are widespread.

                  Children being splashed with water from newly drilled well.Mozambique map with capital marked

                  Mozambique

                  Sanitation
                  Water

                  Dirty water and poor sanitation cause around 10% of all child deaths in Mozambique where extreme poverty remains widespread.

                    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 new regional office in Pretoria.

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

                      Swaziland

                      Sanitation
                      Water

                      Dirty water and poor sanitation exacerbates Swaziland’s HIV/AIDS epidemic, with over 40% of the population infected.

                        A woman helps to lift a jerrican onto another woman's head.Zambia map with capital marked

                        Zambia

                        Sanitation
                        Water

                        Declining rainfall in Zambia is making water increasingly scarce, and over half the population has nowhere to go to the toilet.

                          West Africa

                          Percentage of population with access to sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                          Percentage of population with access to safe water (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                          A group of women fill their jerrycans from a handpump.Burkina Faso with capital marked

                          Burkina Faso

                          Sanitation
                          Water

                          Rapid urbanisation, drought and groundwater contamination create huge challenges in Burkina Faso.

                            Women collecting dirty water from a source in GhanaGhana map with capital marked

                            Ghana

                            Sanitation
                            Water

                            Despite Ghana's stability and relative prosperity, 80% of all diseases are caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

                              Women carrying water from the river in bowls on their heads.Liberia map with capital marked

                              Liberia

                              Sanitation
                              Water

                              Africa's oldest republic is home to one of our newest programmes, improving access to safe water and sanitation in three marginalised regions.

                                Women balancing containers on their heads as they walk.Mali map with capital marked

                                Mali

                                Sanitation
                                Water

                                Water quality is as big a problem as water scarcity in Mali, and over 70% of the population have nowhere to go to the toilet.

                                  A woman carrying two heavy containers of water home from a well refurbished by WaterAid in the village of Gadirga, Niger.Niger map with capital marked

                                  Niger

                                  Sanitation
                                  Water

                                  Niger is rated one of the world’s least developed countries, with more than 90% of people living without sanitation.

                                    A person drinks from a water supply.Nigeria map with capital marked

                                    Nigeria

                                    Sanitation
                                    Water

                                    In the most populous country in Africa almost half of Nigerians have no safe water and around 70% have no sanitation.

                                      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.

                                        Women and children collecting water from the Wanjai River in Sierra LeoneSierra Leone map with capital marked

                                        Sierra Leone

                                        Sanitation
                                        Water

                                        We recently returned to Sierra Leone as it rebuilds its infrastructure and basic services after the decade-long civil war.

                                          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.

                                            Mithun Mondal walks home with a jug of water through a landscape made barren by salination after cyclone Aila struck in 2009, Koyra Number 4, Ward 7, Koyra, Bangladesh.Bangladesh map with capital marked

                                            Bangladesh

                                            Sanitation
                                            Water

                                            Monsoon flooding, cyclones and arsenic in water sources are among the challenges for Bangladesh’s population.

                                              A boy rowing.Cambodia map

                                              Cambodia

                                              Sanitation
                                              Water

                                              Cambodia remains one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia. More than half the population lack adequate sanitation.

                                                Children carry water through the rubbish filled slum, Kamla Nehru Nagar, India.India map with capital marked

                                                India

                                                Sanitation
                                                Water

                                                The statistics are as vast as the country: over 790 million people in India have nowhere to go to the toilet and over 90 million have no safe water.

                                                  JapanJapan

                                                  Japan

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

                                                    Children washing and drinking from water tap.Nepal map with capital marked

                                                    Nepal

                                                    Sanitation
                                                    Water

                                                    Rising from lowland plains into the Himalayas, the terrain in Nepal makes accessing safe water and sanitation all the more difficult.

                                                      Girl washing clothes in muddy water in swampy area.Pakistan map with capital marked

                                                      Pakistan

                                                      Sanitation
                                                      Water

                                                      Pakistan’s political instability combined with its vulnerability to natural disasters pose huge challenges to poor communities.

                                                         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

                                                        Most people live in the mountainous interior of Papua New Guinea, where less than half the population has water and sanitation.

                                                          Woman walking holding a water bottleTimor-Leste map map with capital marked

                                                          Timor-Leste

                                                          Sanitation
                                                          Water

                                                          As Timor-Leste rebuilds after the war with Indonesia, water and sanitation coverage remains dangerously low.

                                                            The Americas

                                                            Percentage of population with access to sanitation (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                                                            Percentage of population with access to safe water (WHO/UNICEF 2012)
                                                            Girl in rural area standing in front of wooden home with clothes hanging to dry.Nicaragua map with capital marked

                                                            Nicaragua

                                                            Sanitation
                                                            Water

                                                            Nicaragua has the largest supply of freshwater in the region, and yet in some regions 80% of people lack access to safe drinking water.

                                                              USAUSA

                                                              United States

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

                                                                  Map of Canada with Ottawa labelledMap of Canada with Ottawa labelled

                                                                  Canada

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

                                                                    Europe

                                                                    SwedenSweden

                                                                    Sweden

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

                                                                      UKUK

                                                                      United Kingdom

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

                                                                        All statistics quoted from the WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report 2014 (http://www.wssinfo.org/). Report published every two years.