When our partners dig a well or build a tap stand, it's no exaggeration to say it's the start of something that will change people’s lives forever.

And when you combine clean water with decent toilets and good hygiene, that’s when communities really start to thrive.

1. Water is health

A young baby at a post natal clinic in Tanzania.
WaterAid/Eliza Deacon

It’s simple, but true: having clean water close by, and at clinics like this one in Tanzania, saves lives. It helps babies make it through their vulnerable first five years, gives new mums the best chance of survival and gives everyone a fighting chance of avoiding waterborne diseases.

2. Water is livelihoods

Elida at her water kiosk in Madagascar.
WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala

Clean water gives people the time and resources to find jobs, learn new skills and run successful businesses. It helps them break free from poverty and change their lives for good. Since a clean water point arrived in her village, Elida no longer has to spend hours walking for water. Instead, she has more time to work and increase her income.

3. Water is time

Volatiana and Solotiana at a well in Madagascar.
WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala

In most countries, the burden of collecting water falls mainly on girls and women. But when they only need to carry it a few steps from the nearest tap, that time is freed up – meaning sisters like Volatiana and Solotiana in Madagascar have the chance to laugh, play and to go to school.

4. Water is education

Students at school in Pakistan raise their hands in agreement that they will follow good hygiene practices.
WaterAid/Mustafah Abdulaziz

Spending time in the classroom is something many children can only dream of. When they no longer have to collect water every day, that dream can come true – opening up a world of opportunities, as these pupils in Pakistan are learning.

5. Water is transformation

Rajendra and Krishna inspect the technical details inside a sedimentation tank in Nepal.
WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

Strong, sustainable sewerage systems help eliminate diseases like cholera. We implement these systems with some of the world’s poorest communities, like Kavre in Nepal, so that everyone can look forward to a healthier future.

6. Water is dignity

Alzira waters her garden in Timor-Leste.
WaterAid/Tom Greenwood

Clean water is something so many of us take for granted. But being able to wash regularly in a clean, private place is essential to lead a dignified life.

7. Water is life

Nomena splashes with clean water in Madagascar.
WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala

We never get tired of talking about water. Why? Because, quite simply, we can’t live without it. And because every day we hear incredible stories of how water is enabling people to unlock their potential and transform their lives. What's more, we get to celebrate with children like Nomena from Madagascar!

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