Who we are


WaterAid started in 1981 because no charity like us existed. And we’ll end when no charity like us is needed. In the meantime, we’re resolutely focused on ending poverty  and changing people's lives for good through the three essentials of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. 

We have reached 26 million people so far and we're only just getting started.

Why we were founded

Clean water

1 in 9 people don't have clean water close to home. We work with local partners to find the best solution for getting clean water to everyone, everywhere

Decent toilets

1 in 3 people don't have a decent toilet of their own. We're working with partners to help install toilets and train local people to maintain them once we're gone.

Good hygiene

Good hygiene promotion is one of the most effective ways of improving global health. That's why we support hygiene education across all of our projects.