Emergency response

Safe water, sanitation and hygiene are among the most urgent needs after a natural disaster. These three essentials save lives and reduce unnecessary suffering. They mean the difference between life and death for vulnerable people around the world.


1. When a disaster occurs in one of the 22 countries where we have a presence, we mobilize quickly to prevent suffering and minimize the spread of diseases such as cholera or malaria through the provision of clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

2. To address urgent needs and maintain dignity, we distribute hygiene kits and build toilets in displaced communities.

3. Once urgent needs are met, WaterAid teams work with local and national governments to develop recovery plans. WaterAid is a development organization, helping communities to reduce future risks by building robust and sustainable water systems. This reduces vulnerability so that when disasters happen, people have the support, knowledge and infrastructure they need to recover.

WaterAid by the numbers

We were founded because no nonprofit like us existed. Our goal is to work ourselves out of a job.

27 countries

Our work spans three continents, Africa, Asia and Latin America with a presence in 30 countries including Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, India and more.

28,500,000 people reached so far

We have equipped 29 million people with clean water, 29 million people with toilets and 28 million people with good hygiene so far. Our goal? Reach 400 million by 2032.

Where we work

From emergency response to recovery: current projects

Pakistan Flooding 2022

Monsoon rains and floods in 2022 left one third of Pakistan under water.

Activities include disinfecting water sources, distributing hygiene kits, building toilets in camps and clearing flood water

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Image: WaterAid/Khaula Jamil

Cyclone Idai Malawi & Mozambique

Tropical storms in 2022 caused severe flooding.

Activities included providing humanitarian relief in emergency camps, distributing hygiene kits, handwashing supplies and more.

Patuma, prepares a meal at the camp in Chikwawa, Malawi. Her husband and children left their house after it was flooded.
Image: WaterAid/Francis Chipanda

Covid-19 Global

Activities were region-specific and ranged from portable handwashing stations on Tuk Tuks, to radio broadcasts and much, much more.

Our Annual Reports

See your impact in action, on the ground and on The Hill

Pakistan Floods 

How we're responding to devastating flooding in Pakistan

Facts and statistics

Learn more about the numbers behind the water crisis and how we can work together to solve it.