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Together we can unlock people’s potential with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Without all three, people can’t live dignified, healthy lives. With all three, they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.

With clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, children are born healthier. They get the chance to go to school, and grow up to become adults. Women and men get to earn a living. Whole communities start to thrive. It sounds normal and it should be. 

In a world with so many competing priorities, WaterAid remains resolutely focused on tackling these three essentials because they transform people’s lives for good.

Together we make a lasting difference

We want to bring about change that sticks and help change lives for good. It’s not our aim to provide aid over the long term.

People are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to inspire people, bringing them together to ignite action. We spark chain reactions that lead to lasting change in what’s normal. Lasting change in people’s habits and expectations. Lasting change in how countries work, not just in how villages and communities work. Lasting change in people’s lives. 

Together we make a bigger difference

Installing taps and toilets is essential, but we do so much more. To make lasting change happen on a massive scale, we:

  • influence governments to change laws;
  • link national and international policy makers with people on the ground;
  • change attitudes and behaviours;
  • work with others to pool knowledge and resources; and
  • rally support from people and organisations around the world.

We make a bigger impact because we bring people together, actively encouraging collaboration so that many voices can be heard and ideas can spread. Together, we change millions of lives.

There is still a lot to do. But together we’re making progress. We can and will change normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. 

Making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of everyday life isn’t just a dream.  Our supporters and partners have already helped to change millions of lives. Now let’s finish the job.

We have the commitment, experience, resourcefulness and connections to change millions more lives – until everyone, everywhere has what so many of us take for granted.

We started because no charity like us existed. We’ll end when no charity like us is needed. Together we can get there within a generation.

For a gift of just £15 WaterAid can enable one person in Africa or Asia access to these basic services.


Click here to learn more about what we do and watch a video about our work here.


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WaterAid,6th Floor, 20 Canada Square
E14 5NN

020 7793 4594

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