Support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery has transformed millions of lives since 2013 bringing clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to people across the world. Together, we make a lasting difference.

Water changes everything

Today, millions of people face each day without a reliable supply of clean water, a safe place to go to the toilet, or the basic hygiene that can protect them from infection. Meanwhile, climate change is exacerbating the impact of this: more frequent and extreme flooding is polluting water sources while longer droughts are drying up springs.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw more than ever just how vital these basic human rights are in maintaining and protecting everyday life. With all three, children can live healthier lives and get the chance to go to school, adults can earn a living and whole communities start to thrive. Players’ support is making that a reality for families around the world.

A group of women standing in the middle of their crops inside the market garden in the village of Tigama, Bla, Segou Region, Mali, March 2022.
Market gardeners in Mali celebrate a double harvest thanks to the new water supply in their village in Segou region, Mali, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
Photo: WaterAid/ Basile Ouedraogo

Working together to transform lives

When a community gets clean water for the first time, it creates a powerful ripple, saving lives and improving people’s health, education and livelihoods. 

But for clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to bring lasting benefits to everyone, it takes people working together.

This is why players’ support is so vital. We know the pace of change needs to increase if we are to reach everyone, everywhere with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. In the past year alone, we’ve worked with more than 6,000 communities worldwide delivering these essentials, reaching hundreds of thousands of people directly, and going even further with our work in schools and healthcare centres.

With players’ support, we’ll be able to keep reaching more people and applying the pressure with governments and decision makers to transform more lives for good.

Here are some of the inspiring stories made possible thanks to players’ support:

I am glad I don't have to walk all the way to the river anymore. More importantly, I don't have to risk my daughter's life.”

- Helme and her daughter Amaru, pictured above.

Thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery

A huge thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. With their support, we’re able to keep demanding a world where everyone, everywhere has the clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene they need, no matter what the future might bring.

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Read more of our player-supported stories

WaterAid/ Oliver Dixon

Highlighting the global maternal health crisis

Every two seconds, a woman gives birth in a health centre without clean water. That's why we created an evocative light installation outside one of Britain’s first maternity hospitals, raising awareness of this global crisis.

WaterAid/ Basile Ouedraogo

Building climate-resilient communities

From Bangladesh to Burkina Faso, players of People’s Postcode Lottery supported our first climate-change focused project working across 12 countries – changing lives today and policies for tomorrow.

WaterAid/ People's Postcode Lottery/ Mario Macilau

Maputo’s water woes show wider African climate challenges

With support from players, we’ve been shining a light on the impact of climate change where families in Maputo, Mozambique, are facing the twin threat of drought and flood.

Photo: WaterAid/ Frehiwot Gebrewold

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery in Birmingham celebrate

Not only did Birmingham players win life-changing amounts; they are supporting WaterAid on our mission to reaching communities across the globe with access to clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene.

WaterAid/ Jon Snow

Giant sand portrait highlights impact of climate change on water

With support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we created a giant sand art portrait on Whitby Beach to show how climate change could make water scarce for 1 in 4 children by 2040.

WaterAid/ People's Postcode Lottery/ Elena Heatherwick

Toilet Stories, a matter of health, dignity, independence

Launched for World Toilet Day, we hear what toilets mean to people in Madagascar, Rwanda and the UK.

WaterAid/Elena Heatherwick

Young Rwandan radio stars help in fight against Coronavirus

See how young Rwandans are sharing life-saving lessons around good sanitation and hygiene practices with millions from across the country.


Watch our 360 degrees film story: Everyday WaterAid

We sent some of our global staff out with a 360 camera. Meet five of our incredible team members: Ernest in Madagascar, Sibtain in Pakistan, Samia in Bangladesh, Chipi in Malawi and Chileshe in Zambia.