Stories from our work around the world

These amazing stories show how people's potential has been unlocked with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

We have helped millions of people worldwide. Behind this number lie the stories of how individual lives have been transformed in some of the world's poorest communities. Here are just a few:

Girls grouped in front of the toilets

Toilets ensure opportunity

In the Manufahi district of Timor-Leste, Ailuli Pre-Secondary School’s toilet block had been abandoned and unused for several years because it was in total disrepair, dysfunctional and unhygienic. WaterAid renovated the toilets and provided menstrual hygiene management training for students and staff to help students manage their periods effectively and to dispel myths.
A group of ladies sitting in discussion

Challenging menstrual hygiene taboos

Empowered by their communities, their families and each other, women around the world are working with WaterAid and our local partners to take control of their menstrual health – and make sure having their period doesn’t mean an end to achieving their ambitions.
Students listen during a menstral hygiene matters session, Government High School, Mithi, Pakistan, 2013

Taking on 'a delicate issue'

In Pakistan, cultural and religious taboos have left menstruation shrouded in secrecy – and girls in the dark about how to manage their periods. Kiran is a hygiene outreach worker in Badin district who is trying to increase understanding about periods through the classroom.
Papua New Guinean boy filling cup with water from a tap.

Keeping families safe

WaterAid helped install a rainwater harvesting system in Joyline’s village in Papua New Guinea, and 14 ‘tuffa tanks’ with taps so the children can drink clean, safe water.