When your support enables communities to dig wells or build tap stands, 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.
Image: 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.
Image: 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, whether they are managing a water kiosk, like Elida in Madagascar, brewing beer or making bricks.

3. Water is time

Volatiana and Solotiana at a well in Madagascar.
Image: 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, like sisters Volatiana and Solotiana in Madagascar, that time is freed up, giving them the chance to laugh, to 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.
Image: 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.
Image: WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

150 years ago, London’s first sewerage system was built. It started the transformation of the UK's cities, helping to eliminate diseases like cholera. Now we’re working with some of the world’s poorest communities, including Kavre in Nepal, to implement that same change, so everyone can look forward to a healthier future.

6. Water is dignity

Alzira waters her garden in Timor-Leste.
Image: 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.
Image: WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala

We never get tired of talking about water. Why? Because, quite simply, we can’t live without it. Water means life. And because, every day, we get to hear incredible stories - and see inspiring photos like this one from Madagascar - showing how water is enabling people to unlock their potential and transform their lives. Forever.

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