Can you imagine having to walk for hours just to quench your children’s thirst and provide water for your family to wash their hands?
Balbina has to walk each day- with her new baby- to collect water for her family. Even when she was recovering from childbirth, she had no choice.
“My body feels very tired, on my head I have a basket and I need to carry two jerry cans. Often I feel sick but I have to go.” - Balbina
In Timor-Leste only 28% of the population has access to handwashing facilities with soap and water. How can communities like Balbina’s protect themselves from the spread of disease without these basics?
To date COVID-19 has spread mostly in high-income nations with relatively strong health systems. However, the impact will be much greater if it continues to spread to countries with weaker health systems.
We must act now to protect those in the countries who need it most.
Join WaterAid as a monthly giver and you can change the story for women like Balbina.
Watch the video below and see the journey Balbina takes to collect water each and every day.
Our mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
When you join us as a WaterAid supporter you
When a community gets access to the safe water and sanitation they desperately need, their:
health improves, and fewer lives are lost
time is freed up to do other important tasks, like harvesting food, or caring for children
children have the chance to go to school and play
When you join us as a WaterAid supporter you will receive:
A welcome pack explaining how your donation will make a difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.
Updates on WaterAid’s work through Oasis magazine posted to you twice per year and a monthly e-news which contains report backs on communities and families reached with the help of your support. You will also receive news from the field and updates from families benefiting from your gift.
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Where does your money go?
We’ll use your donations to transform lives in the best way we can. 69% is spent enabling people to transform their lives with safe water, decent toilets and good hygiene, 22% is spent on fundraising and 9% is spent on accountability and administration costs (which include bank fees and regulatory costs).