WaterAid named #1 water, sanitation and hygiene charity!


"WaterAid has been ranked the world’s best non-profit organisation working on water, sanitation and hygiene issues by Philanthropedia.
Philanthropedia, an independent research and rankings organisation measuring non-profit impact by sector specialists, surveyed 82 experts to identify the organisations making the highest impact in the water and sanitation sector.
Philanthropedia's experts (foundation professionals, researchers and faculty, non-profit senior staff, consultants, journalists and policy-makers) recommended 16 outstanding non-profits working in water, sanitation and hygiene, with WaterAid, Water for People and the International Red Cross ranked first, second and third respectively. Experts commented on the impact each non-profit has had, what the non-profit’s other organisational strengths are, and how each organisation could further improve.
Philanthropedia said:
“WaterAid remains the implementing NGO which has the deepest understanding of the challenges of water supply. It cooperates closely with governments and international organisations; it has an open eye for all aspects of rural water supply, from the technology to the policy implications to the political economy of water supply.
“It engages with political and implementing organisations at all levels. WaterAid continuously seeks to re-invent itself, deliver higher quality services and build the capacities of sector staff in countries. It is the only implementing NGO that considers all aspects of WASH services.”
Chris Wainwright, Head of Communications, WaterAid said:
“We are very proud to be recognised as the global leader in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector and the transformative effect our work has had in some of the world poorest communities.  We believe that everyone everywhere must have access to sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services by 2030, as this is critical to eradicating extreme poverty.  We will be using over 30 years’ experience to champion the change we believe is necessary to make this a reality.”
Read more about the survey and view the top 16 ranked organisations working in water, sanitation and hygiene at Philanthropedia"
For press enquiries please contact: Hannah Wilkinson at WaterAid on HannahWilkinson@WaterAid.org / 0207 793 4943
WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 21 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 18 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit www.wateraid.org, follow @wateraidUK on Twitter or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wateraid
• Around 1,400 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
• 748 million people in the world live without safe water. This is roughly one in ten of the world's population.
• 2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is 39% of the world's population.
• For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
• Just £15 can enable one person to access safe, clean water.