Who we are

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!

Why we started

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.

Last year, you 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.