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20 Years of Impact

In 2024, WaterAid Australia is celebrating 20 years since it was started by the local water sector.

In that time, through our work with local partners, governments and communities, we have reached over 5.7 million people with our water, sanitation and hygiene programs.

This incredible impact has only been possible through the invaluable support of our partners and supporters, who stand with us in our vision of a world where everyone, everyone has access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene

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WaterAid/Tariq Hawari

5.7 million

people have been reached globally through our water, sanitation and hygiene programs.

Midwife Chamroeurn Jivleng, 32, Cambodia

WaterAid/Tariq Hawari

WaterAid/Tariq Hawari

88 healthcare

facilities have been supported to access water, sanitation and hygiene.

WaterAid/Tariq Hawari

WaterAid/Tariq Hawari

511 schools

schools have been supported to access water, sanitation and hygiene, helping to set children up for a brighter future

WaterAid Australia's impact has spanned across 14 countries all around the world.

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WaterAid/Tariq Hawari

Kung and her granddaughter Nita live in a flood-prone area in Cambodia. They used water from their well which was not clean or easy to collect. Now, they have a piped water connection at home which provides clean water.

WaterAid/Tariq Hawari

WaterAid/Tariq Hawari

Francisca is the leader of the local Water User Group in her community in Timor-Leste. After the water system was installed in her village, she was able to grow and earn an income from her vegetable garden.

WaterAid/Keoma Zec

WaterAid/Keoma Zec

In the desert region of Colombia, Maria Elvira Pushaina used to worry about the health and safety of her seven children going to the toilet in the open. Now that safe toilets and handwashing stations have been built throughout the community, her children are better protected against the spread of dangerous diseases.

It all started in 2004

Our founders, Grant Hill and Tony Kelly, rallied together the Australian water industry and the international development sector to start WaterAid Australia.

“People in the water industry have a strong social conscience and a green tinge, and also intuitively understand the value of clean drinking water and sanitation... It just rang true and… got a great response right from the very get go.”
Tony Kelly

Local expertise for local solutions.

We know that to make long term change on a massive scale, you need solutions tailored to local contexts. That's why we've worked with local partners, including NGOs, governments and private utility companies, to help create lasting change in their communities.

Phai Camroeun, Cambodia

With support from WaterAid, Phai Camroeun has become an advocate for WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) in her district. She trains leaders, raises awareness in the community, and educates households on WASH issues.

Mana Esmenia, Timor-Leste

WaterAid works with Mana Esmenia to strengthen the WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) sector in Timor-Leste through gender equality and social inclusion.

Meach Soutieng, Cambodia.

WaterAid works with Meach Soutieng to support her business as a private water operator in Cambodia. By providing skills training and capacity building the company now supplies a growing number of communities.

Water, sanitation, and hygiene are fundamental human rights. By supporting WaterAid, we’re contributing to a positive, lasting change and helping build resilient communities for the future. Our ongoing connection to WaterAid reinforces the important responsibilities we have in providing our essential water and sanitation services to the communities we support day in day out. "
Pat McAfferty, Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water

Since 2004 we have focused on three essential things: clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene….

Together with supporters and our partners, we have reached over 5.7 million people with our water, sanitation and hygiene programs.

But we won’t stop until everyone, everywhere has clean water close to home.