In India, only 25% of households have access to clean water.

Frequent handwashing with soap is one of the best and simplest ways to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19, yet only 1 in 4 households have clean water, making it harder to protect themselves.

In support of WaterAid’s campaign to bring water to the missing 75% in India, famous cricket players from English and Indian teams tried their hand at defending the wicket with a specially designed bat, which is a quarter of the size of a normal bat.

Rory Burns, Surrey Cricket Club captain and England batsman said: “I wouldn’t play a match without all the right equipment, and people shouldn’t be left to protect their health without something so vital as clean water.”

You can help make a difference.

WaterAid’s COVID-19 response in India includes installing vital handwashing facilities in public areas such as markets, schools and health centres, as well as running mass media campaigns to promote the importance of good handwashing and hygiene.

Clean water gives us a chance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and help save lives.

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Rory Burns with the specially designed cricket bat as he takes part in Bring Water with Surrey County Cricket.
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Rory Burns with the specially designed cricket bat as he takes part in Bring Water with Surrey County Cricket.

About WaterAid

WaterAid has teams in 28 countries across the world, working with our partners to transform millions of lives every year by improving access to clean water, toilets and hygiene.

Since 1981, we’ve reached over 27 million people with clean water. But we can’t stop there.

In the last 40 years, we’ve gone from strength to strength to become one of the most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues.

What do WaterAid do?

While installing taps and toilets is essential to our work, we do so much more. We convince governments to change laws, link policy makers with people on the ground, pool knowledge and resources and rally support from people and organisations around the world, making lasting change happen on a massive scale.

Why monthly donations have a bigger impact

Regular gifts by direct debit give us a predictable income so WaterAid can commit to reaching more people around the world. Plus, direct debits mean we pay less in processing fees than for credit card gifts.

Our fundraising promise to you

We’ll use your donations in the best way possible. In every £1 we spent, 76p went on delivering services and making change happen and 24p went on fundraising and governance*

*as of 19/20 WaterAid annual report.