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WaterAid is an international charity. Our mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

WaterAid enables the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. These basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods and form the first, essential step in overcoming poverty.

We work with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide them with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs.

We also campaign locally and internationally to change policy and practice and ensure water and sanitation’s vital role in reducing poverty is recognised.

Read more about their vision and strategy.

What our pints and iPods could do:

  • £15 is enough to give one person a lasting supply of safe water, sanitation and hygiene education
  • £385 could pay for a school sanitation block for 150 boys and girls in India.

Read more about what our money can buy.

We take for granted that we have water everyday. Safe, clean water for drinking and cleaning. Mostly, for wasting. We never understand the value of something like that. It is a lifesaver. Poor people can live without clothes or money, but they cannot live without water. The only time we ever realise that we need water badly is when our water pump breaks down, or the Thames has fallen by 1 millimeter! But all around the world, a billion people – that’s 1/6 of the world population – have no access to clean water at all. When there is some, women in Africa and Asia have to carry 20kilograms around their neck and shoulder to provide their family with water. This is what we wheel in our baggage allowance.

Read more about water statistics.

Source: WaterAid

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