As COVID-19 cases rise and most places are locked down, we need your help more than ever. Few subsets of sanitation workers are at the forefront of this pandemic, and are suffering the most due to loss of livelihood and are struggling to make ends meet.

India has approximately FIVE million sanitation workers engaged in different categories of sanitation-related work and FOUR million informal waste pickers. Of these, informal waste pickers and women engaged in manual scavenging are the worst hit, due to loss of livelihood and income- either due to lockdown, or as people stopped engaging them. They were already earning too less, and NOTHING these days.

We aim to provide basic financial support of INR 3500 per month for 3 months regularly, through direct cash transfer processes, to identified families of close to 1000 women engaged in manual scavenging and around 1750 identified informal waste pickers. We hope this will protect them and their family members, till the time they start earning again. Such support is important to ensure that they are not starving during these days and that they have accessed essential safety measures. We should do this urgently, and we are counting on you!

Your intervention is vital. Please help us support them.

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They are often unseen and their woes unheard. They belong to the most marginalised sections of society and are struggling to make ends meet with no work to support them.

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Why WaterAid?

WaterAid is a not-for-profit organisation, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere. Since 1986, WaterAid India has successfully implemented water, sanitation and hygiene projects to transform the lives of the poor and the most marginalised. In India, WaterAid is present in 12 States. In 2020-21, WaterAid India has reached over 3,59,751 with clean water, 17,970 with decent toilets and over 98,217 people with good hygiene education.

WaterAid is a not-for-profit company registered under Section 25 of the companies Act,1956. All donations are eligible for 50% tax exemption under section 80G of the Income Tax Act.