You might not think it, but having clean water transforms all areas of life.

Clean water doesn’t just save lives. It empowers women and girls, it gives children an education, it improves healthcare and helps business to thrive. Communities that are more productive and resilient because of these things can rise out of poverty. That's the water effect.

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Clean water empowers women and girls

When there’s clean water close to home, women and girls are freed from the burden of water collection. Somewhere to wash and change means having a period doesn’t bring life to a standstill.

Read about our work with women and girls

Meet Shana

She’s a water technician from Nicaragua. Shana had to drop out of school when she was young to take over household duties, missing out on vital education. In 2015 WaterAid trained her in how to construct rainwater harvesting tanks.

"I am happy to be part of a team of women that have learned a new trade. I feel that I am now a role model in the community, inspiring other women to learn and grow."
Shana, water technician, Nicaragua

When given equal opportunities to succeed, women and girls everywhere can rise to the top.

Clean water helps children thrive

Clean water and decent toilets at school means children can study in a safer and cleaner environment. They can stay healthy and hydrated, and can concentrate in class.

More about how our work helps children

Meet Aruna

He’s a teacher from Sierra Leone. Not long ago, his village didn’t even have a school, let alone a clean water supply. Now they have both. This means his students can stay healthy enough to come to school, and Aruna can make sure they learn and develop important skills.

Aruna from Tombohuaun, Sierra Leone.WaterAid/Aruna

Ensuring children can stay in school gives them more opportunities to become whatever they dream of and support themselves in the future.

Clean water improves people's health

Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene in healthcare settings are essential. Maintaining safe and hygienic conditions limits the spread of infection, giving patients the best chance of recovery and future good health.

Read about our work in health centres

Meet Samuel

He’s a midwife from Rwanda. He loves his job and the happiness it brings to new mothers. This is the first place he’s worked which has a supply of clean water – in other centres, expecting mothers had to bring their own water with them.

"For me to come and work in a health centre with an uninterrupted flow of clean water is a big change. It makes our practice not only easier, but also safer for us and for the mothers we help."
Samuel, midwife, Rwanda

Improving standards in hospitals and clinics helps people live happier, healthier lives.

Clean water helps livelihoods to flourish

Clean water nearby means people can concentrate on growing their business, keep healthy and stay in work. In fact, every $1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of $4 in increased productivity.

Meet Josna

She owns a tea stall in Khulna, Bangladesh. Now there’s a water point nearby she can make tea from fresh water, which brings in more customers and more money. It also means Josna can spend more time on her tailoring business. Having two sources of income gives Josna a greater chance of achieving her dream – having a house of her own.

Josna walks home after collecting water from the ATM machine in Chalna Bazar, Khulna.WaterAid/Abir Abdullah

Enabling people to be more productive means more income for families, communities and whole countries.

This year we want to reach 1.2 million people with clean water and transform every area of life.

Join us. Donate now and watch the ripples spread. >