As a part of the global WaterAid federation, WaterAid Canada directly contributes to the planning and execution of specific programs around the world. Read below to learn about some of our recent and ongoing programs. 

In collaboration with local communities, we construct toilet blocks, water taps, handwashing stations and other vital WASH infrastructure. Across all our work, we use technologies that are low-cost, context-specific, and easily maintained. Our work goes beyond building physical structures. Installing taps and toilets is essential, but we do so much more. We also spread messaging and teach proper hygiene behaviours, such as handwashing, creating communities that are healthier and more resilient. We make a bigger impact because we bring people together, actively encouraging collaboration so that many voices can be heard and ideas can spread.


Image: WaterAid/ Ernest Randriarimalala

Sexual Health and Reproductive Education (SHARE) project

The empowerment of young women and adolescent girls and the advancement of their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are foundational for a prosperous and sustainable world. We are implementing the SHARE project in Ghana, Mozambique, and Uganda to advance gender equality and increase the enjoyment of health-related human rights by adolescent girls and young women.

Girls in class
Image: WaterAid/ Sibtain Haider

HerWASH: Menstrual Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health

WaterAid Canada is working in Burkina Faso, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Pakistan to provide quality, gender-responsive and age-appropriate menstrual health and hygiene education in vulnerable communities. With access to quality menstrual health and hygiene education and a reliable supply chain for menstrual products, women and girls are able to unleash their potential and change their lives for good. 

Girls smiling in class
Image: WaterAid/ Prashanth Vishwanathan

Project Boond

In the State of Bihar in India, our newest program aims to improve the quality of life in two of the most marginalized communities over the next three years. Access to safe water, sanitation and good hygiene across Bihar is a challenge, and many are forced to practice open defecation. We are working with local leaders to implement a collaborative and sustainable response to the situation. 

Kids getting water at a tap
Image: WaterAid/ Dennis Lupenga

WASH for Healthy Learning

In the Lilwonge region of Malawi, many communities lack access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. This situation is extremely detrimental to education outcomes, especially for female students, who cannot attend school in a safe and dignified manner. The WASH for Healthy Learning project aims to improve education, health and nutrition outcomes for students in the district. 

Nurse holding a baby
Image: WaterAid/ James Kiyimba

Tanzania: Deliver Life

In 2016, WaterAid began the Tanzania: Deliver Life project as part of the Canada – Africa Initiative to Address Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa, a partnership among four Canadian organizations, jointly funded by the Government of Canada. The four-year program improved reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health at twelve facilities in northern Tanzania.

Safiatou, a schoolgirl in class five, getting clean water from a cool box to drink inside her classroom, at the First cycle school 1 of the village of Samabogo, in the Circle/district of Bla, Region of Segou, Mali, April 2018.;
Image: WaterAid/ Basile Ouedraogo

Mali: Healthy Communities

In 2016, WaterAid began the Mali: Healthy Communities project, in partnership with the One Drop Foundation to build WASH infrastructure, promote hygiene behavior, change and support WASH-related businesses in nine rural communities in the districts of Kati and Bla, Mali.