You might not think it, but having clean water transforms all areas of life.
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. When given equal opportunities to succeed, women and girls everywhere can rise to the top.
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.
Empowering women and girls makes society more equal and more prosperous for everyone.
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.
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.
Ensuring children can stay in school gives them more opportunities to become whatever they dream of and support themselves in the future.
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.
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.
Improving standards in hospitals and clinics helps people live happier, healthier lives.
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.
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.
Enabling people to be more productive means more income for families, communities and whole countries.