29.3 million

Nepal is home to some of the most extreme landscapes on earth. It’s the things that make the country so beautiful – the biggest mountains, widest valleys and heaviest monsoon rains – that make it that much harder to reach people with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. 

The Nepali people have had more than their fair share of challenges. Earthquakes, political upheaval, civil war and extreme poverty have forced them to be resilient, and now, in 2020, they're responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But together, we’ve made great progress since we began working here in 1987. Nepal came third in our 2015 ranking of countries making the biggest improvements in sanitation, and nine in ten people now have clean water. More people than ever before are also aware of the importance of good hygiene, enabling them to stay safe and healthy. 

But there’s more we need to do. One in ten people lacks clean water and almost half the population still needs a decent toilet. Water and sanitation-related diseases are among the biggest public health problems – one of the top reasons children don’t make it to their fifth birthday.

Nearly people have clean water.

That's over 26 million people.

 people don't have a decent toilet.

Over 11 million people.

 children under 5 die a year from diarrhoea.

Caused by dirty water and poor toilets.

What does WaterAid do in Nepal?

We help marginalised communities and people in vulnerable situations take action for their rights to water and sanitation.

We also make sure government and decision-makers are being held accountable for providing long-term access to these vital things.

Together, we can change things for the better. By joining with others to put strong systems in place. By putting water, toilets and hygiene at the centre of health and education. And by always looking forwards – applying new research, big ideas and sustainable technology.

After the earthquake

WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya
Now the hygiene and sanitation situation is improved and people have access to clean drinking water. I am proud to be associated with this project!
Krishna Bahadur Sunuwar, 58 - Koshidekha, Nepal

Being a plumber is an important job. But when an earthquake destroys eight in ten of your community’s toilets, it’s vital. We’ve been working with Krishna Sunuwar to rebuild the taps and toilets in his village of Kharelthok, in the hills of Nepal. 

He says, “When I came here after the earthquake, the situation was not good. The water was not properly managed. The toilets were damaged and people used to defecate openly. It was even very difficult for us to go to the toilet during work. But now all the households have constructed toilets." 

Krishna's tireless work has helped Kharelthok recover from the earthquakes that struck it. He's proud of the results: "I am very happy about the fact that my children and future generations of this community will no longer have to drink dirty water, and that they will have a life free of diseases."

Dignity for women with disabilities

Globally over 1 billion people have an impairment and about one third of those are women who may menstruate. We’ve developed a groundbreaking behaviour change intervention in Nepal to help women manage their menstruation with dignity.

WaterAid/ Shruti Shrestha

Ready to make a difference? Just £2 a month can help change someone's life.

Get involved, your way

Join an event, fundraise with friends or find your own way to transform lives.

Give an unforgettable gift

We've got the perfect presents for every occasion in our Shop for Life.