Thousands of students need you

 worldwide does not have clean water, soap or toilets

This season, we want to change that.

Our goal is to bring water to  in Colombia and Nicaragua.

Running water, bathrooms and soap are simple game changers that keep kids healthy and in school. 

It isn't just the kids who benefit either, the teachers and the wider community can all access these water services.    

The challenge of accessibility

This winter, our project will focus on two very remote regions of Colombia and Nicaragua. 

Riohacha (featured in the map below) is the nearest city to 19 of the 29 schools, in the La Gloria micro-region of Colombia. Travel in the area is difficult and there is very limited public transport.

The communities there are small and distinct, and there is no existing water infrastructure.

With your support, we are confident that we can raise sufficient funds to complete the project. 

How does clean water help kids learn?

Clean water

Children can attend school instead of spending their mornings fetching water.

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Decent toilets

Toilets provide students and teachers dignity, privacy and prevent deadly diseases.

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Washing with soap cuts sick days in half and teaches healthy habits for life.

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About us

WaterAid started in 1981 because no non-profit like us existed. We are determined to make clean water, reliable toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. Only by tackling these 3 essentials, in ways that last, can people change their lives for good. 

Since 1981, we have empowered:

  • 24.9 million people with clean water
  • 24 million people with reliable toilets
  • and we're only just getting started!

Last year, with your support, we reached:

 people with clean water

For Fatima, Lourdes and Amelia in Timor-Leste, that means being able to drink from the tap without worrying about deadly diseases.

 people with decent toilets

A decent toilet means the chance for children like Henitsoa in Madagascar to stay in school, taking them closer to reaching their dreams.

 people with good hygiene

How do you make the benefits of clean water and decent toilets last for generations? The key is good hygiene, as Anil has been discovering in Pakistan.

Clean water

1 in 9 people don't have clean water. We work together with communities to find the best and most lasting solutions to unlock their potential and break free from poverty.

Reliable toilets

1 in 3 people don't have a reliable toilet of their own. We're working with communities to build a local workforce that can install and maintain toilets.

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.