With support from trusts and foundations, we make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere.
With these three essentials, entire communities can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.
If you're a trustee, connected to a trust, or thinking of setting up a trust, we would love to hear from you.
Together, we can discuss how our respective aims and objectives align, and how you can contribute to a wider movement of supporters, helping to deliver lasting change for people who need it most.
Why invest in water, sanitation and hygiene?
1 in 10 people around the world don’t have clean water close to home, and 1 in 5 don’t have a decent toilet of their own*.
We know that when people have access to these essentials at home and in the wider community including at healthcare centres and school, they can transform lives for good.
How we work
Since 1981, we’ve worked tirelessly with our partners across the world to get clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to people who don’t have them. We deliver lasting solutions, not short-term fixes. And we tackle the cause as well as the effects of dirty water, so that the impact of your support is felt far and wide beyond the project work it funds.
We prioritise those most affected by a lack of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene: women and girls, children, older people, those with disabilities, and people who are often discriminated against. We know that these groups have the most to gain, yet are the most likely to be excluded from decision making about services.
To make lasting change happen on at sub-national, national and global level, we influence governments to change policy, and make investing in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) a priority. And we use our sector-leading voice to influence the broader development narrative around the importance of these three essentials.
We offer a selection of priority projects – already designed programmes in set countries – in which you can invest, as well as flexible and co-financing options.
How we can work together
Water, sanitation and hygiene are at the heart of so much development: in education, health, poverty relief and equality. We work closely with every one of our trust and foundation supporters to align their interests and values alongside our work.
As one of our supporters, you can expect to:
- discuss your aims and objectives with our account managers to see how we can work together to align our work and goals;
- read about your impact in regular reports;
- keep up-to-date with news and developments from across the organisation.
Thanks to support from trusts and foundations, we’ve already changed millions of lives. But we won’t stop until everyone, everywhere has access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
Together, we can transform lives for good.
The impact of investing in WASH
Explore how health, education, economic development, climate change and advocacy work can all be supported by investment in clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene:
Health: safer births in Uganda
For the first time since she started working at Katabi Health Centre III in Uganda, midwife Jalia has somewhere to wash her hands and equipment. She can give expectant mothers clean water to take their medicine with. She can care for patients in a ward where beds and facilities are clean and hygienic.
And, most importantly, she can welcome babies into the world without the fear of dangerous infection.
Our work environment has greatly improved. Mothers... are very comfortable coming here because our health centre is always clean, and services have improved."
Climate change: building resilience in Burkina Faso
Justine lives in the village of Bonam in Burkina Faso, a country where for eight months each year, no rain falls. Now, climate change is making water even more scarce, putting lives, livelihoods and futures at risk.
I had heard about this rain gauge technology before but I had never seen it. It will help us to better understand the rainfall in our community and to be able to draw lessons for our activities and water management. The presence of the rain gauge is a credit to our village.”
Economic development: breaking free from poverty in Bangladesh
Every day, up to 50 customers call in at Sharmila’s small grocery store to buy items like salt, sugar, spices and simple medicines. And for the first time, Sharmila can keep her shop open all day long. As a result, her business is thriving.
Not long ago, our local partner worked with Sharmila’s community to install clean water in their village.
I no longer have to close my store. Now having a pond sand filter nearby, I am able to give time to my business, take my children to school on time and look after my garden and household chores.”
Advocacy: driving change at scale
The global water crisis can only be addressed when decision makers and governments make clean water, decent toilets and hygiene a priority.
In the run up to COP26, we used our influence to bring leaders from government, business and multilateral institutions together in a major water and climate summit, to drive action on the effect the climate crisis is having on people’s access to water.
Hosted by HRH the former Prince of Wales, and attended by those who have the power to make urgent, decisive actions to make change at scale, the summit focused on climate finance.
Education: studies continue thanks to WASH
Three years ago, we set out an ambitious project across the districts of Nyamagabe and Bugesera in Rwanda. 48,298 individuals now have access to clean water, 7,198 have access to decent toilets and 5,740 students have learnt about good hygiene behaviours.
Teacher Mamerthe Mukeshimana has seen a huge change since our project worked in her school.
Today it’s different. We have enough clean toilets. The girls today have their room which is fully equipped with everything they need. Students can drink clean water in every classroom."
Sustainable systems and services: handpumps in Uganda
In the Masindi District of Uganda we joined forces with a team of handpump mechanics to address the problem of pumps breaking down.
Handpump mechanic Baguma Robert explains how the new pipes will keep water flowing for local communities:
Plastic pipes do not rust but galvanised iron pipes usually corrode within a short time after installation in a borehole. When rusty, they develop holes leading to the breakdown of the borehole. Since PVC riser pipes do not rust, the water quality from the handpump is not affected at all."
Women’s empowerment: financial independency in Bangladesh
Across Bangladesh, one simple task consumes hours each day for thousands of women and girls, compromising their health, education and livelihoods: collecting water.
Our five-year project, supported by Severn Trent, in the villages of Assasuni sets out to change that reality, and transform life for 100,000 people with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.
Saleha said: “After getting involved with the water plant, I started to earn which empowered me both socially and financially. Financial independence has given me social identity."
What our supporters say
“Funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery are supporting the incredible work of WaterAid, helping communities around the world access safe and sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene. People’s Postcode Lottery was created to provide long-term support to charities, and we are delighted that WaterAid has received more than 19.1 million in support of their cause. Players across Britain have now raised more than £950 million for over 9,000 good causes, including WaterAid’s who are working hard to end the water, sanitation, and hygiene crisis around the globe.”
"At the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, we believe that sustainable access to clean water goes hand in hand with environmental protection.
"The Foundation is pleased to support the work of WaterAid to help communities manage their water resources in a holistic and sustainable way around the world, by providing access to water and sanitary installations while ensuring the preservation of freshwater ecosystems." – Olivier Wenden, Vice-President and CEO
"The Waterloo Foundation has been supporting WaterAid for over ten years during which time we have seen them lead the way in delivering water, sanitation and hygiene for many of the most disadvantaged people worldwide.
"We are very proud of our continued partnership with WaterAid, and value very much the expertise and guidance they offer to our organisation."
We are very proud of our continued partnership with WaterAid, and value very much the expertise and guidance they offer to our organisation."
To discuss making a grant or giving a gift towards our work, to find out more about funding opportunities, or to ask any questions, please get in touch with our Senior Trusts Manager, Fiona Kennedy.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7793 2244
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