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)
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

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.

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

      Rwanda

      Sanitation
      Water

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

        The water source where Norakishu is fetching water is used by both people and livestock, Kiserian, TanzaniaTanzania 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.

          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'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”.

              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

              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.

                Mary Mbena, 22, carries the dirty water she has collected from the river, Kaniche village, MalawiMalawi 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.

                  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

                  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.

                        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

                        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)
                          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

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

                            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

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

                              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

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

                                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

                                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.

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

                                    Women on their way back from the stream, Ugbolojor village, Ado district, Benue State, NigeriaNigeria 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.

                                        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

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

                                          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

                                          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.

                                                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

                                                  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.

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

                                                          Jhalak Maya Damai, a member of the Dalit caste, collecting water in Tosramkhola VDC, Sindhuli district, NepalNepal 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.

                                                            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’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.

                                                                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

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

                                                                  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.