Together, we're supporting communities in Ethiopia, Malawi, Madagascar and Myanmar to transform their futures with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
The Wimbledon Foundation is donating £1.2 million over three years to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of daily life for communities in Madagascar, Ethiopia, Malawi and Myanmar.
These vital services relieve the burden on people’s time and energy, ensuring healthier futures, keeping children in school, and enabling women and girls to unlock their potential.
United for Water
Water is a basic human right, fundamental to good health. But around the world, 771 million people – that's one in ten of us – still lives without clean water close to home.
One in three schools has no basic water service. And one in four healthcare facilities has no clean water on site.
A lack of taps, toilets and handwashing facilities traps communities in poverty and ill health. More than 800 children under five die every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation.
That’s why WaterAid and the Wimbledon Foundation are working together with communities and local partners to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of daily life. These vital services relieve the burden on people’s time and energy, and create new opportunities for education, paid work, and raising a healthy family.
None of us can solve the water crisis alone – but great things happen when we unite. Together we are #UnitedForWater.
Carrying Life: Motherhood and water in Malawi
Photographer Laura El-Tantway’s striking exhibition – part-funded by the Wimbledon Foundation – reveals the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth without access to clean water.Explore the collection
Credit: WaterAid/Laura El-Tantway
Nearly one in four healthcare facilities in Malawi has no clean water on site. As many as three in five don’t have decent toilets, and more than half have no hygiene facilities.
As a result, many women’s experiences of giving birth are marked by difficulty, indignity, and the risk of deadly infection – for both themselves and their newborn babies.
Carrying Life reveals the physical and psychological burden of giving birth in facilities without adequate water, sanitation and hygiene, shining a light on the stories of mothers and their ‘guardians’ – older women, responsible for caring for their charges in the final stages of pregnancy – in Malawi’s Ntchisi district. Here, the Wimbledon Foundation has funded vital services in four health centres, together serving around 317,000 people.
WaterAid at the 2022 Championships
Together, we created a mosaic of tennis balls by No. 1 Court, showing 10-year-old Tefy from Madagascar enjoying clean water.
The artwork highlights how more than 11,000 children’s lives could be saved during the Championships if everyone, everywhere had access to clean water and decent toilets.
WaterAid at the Queue
WaterAid volunteers engage thousands of tennis-goers as they walk the Wimbledon Queue each year, showcasing the impact we can have as one global community when united for water.
A series of photographs – which move in real time as people walk along the queue – shows Fanilo, 10, and others enjoying the new clean water supply in Manjakandriana commune, Madagascar.
With support from partners like the Wimbledon Foundation, we've worked with local organisations to build water points, toilet blocks and water treatment infrastructure in the area. These services will now help the whole community unlock their potential.
About the Wimbledon Foundation
The Wimbledon Foundation is the official charity of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and the Championships.
Established in 2013, it uses the collective strength of Wimbledon to make a positive difference to people’s lives – in the local area, across the UK, and around the world.