WaterAid is a leading Canadian charity dedicated to fighting global poverty by helping the world’s poorest people gain access to clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education.


access

ACCESS

WaterAid works with local NGO partners to provide access to clean drinking water in impoverished urban and rural communities throughout eastern Africa.

Access to a sustainable source of clean water dramatically improves the health and livelihoods of local residents.

sanitation

SANITATION

All WaterAid projects support the construction of communal or household-level toilet facilities in rural communities, urban slums and primary schools.

Improved sanitation facilities help keep human waste away from water sources and other human contact.

hygiene

HYGIENE

Hygiene education programs are designed in collaboration with the community.

Good hygiene, like regular hand washing,  ensures that the benefits of new clean water and sanitation facilities are fully realized.

EDUCATION

EDUCATION

WaterAid’s bottom-up collaborative approach to hygiene promotion makes it much more likely that community members will listen to and accept the suggested behavioral changes.

Health Committees are created at each project to ensure that the hygiene practices are sustainable. 

EMPOWERMENT

EMPOWERMENT

LOCAL PARTICIPATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PROJECT FOSTERS A SENSE OF OWNERSHIP BY THE COMMUNITY.

This local participation increases the likelihood that the benefits of new water and sanitation services will be sustained in the long-term

Kids

KIDS

When children are given access to clean water they are also given back their childhood.

Water allows kids to attend school regularly, spend more time with their families and lead longer, healthier lives.

EQUALITY

EQUALITY

Bringing clean water into the community allows girls to surpass the boundaries of inequality.

When women and girls no longer need to collect water from distant sources, they have more time to pursue other productive activities like attending school.

HEALTH

HEALTH

ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE REDUCES WATERBORNE ILLNESSES AND MORTALITY RATES.  

sustainability

SUSTAINABILITY

Upon completion of a WaterAid-funded project, community members are equipped with all of the tools and knowledge required for them to manage and maintain the new facilities without input from WaterAid or its African partner organizations.

Your contribution to WaterAid provides long-term solutions to the global water and sanitation crisis.

OPPORTUNITY

OPPORTUNITY

UPON COMPLETION OF A WATERAID-FUNDED PROJECT, COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE EQUIPPED WITH ALL OF THE TOOLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED FOR THEM TO MANAGE AND MAINTAIN THE NEW FACILITIES WITHOUT INPUT FROM WATERAID OR ITS AFRICAN PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS.

 New opportunities can help break the cycle of poverty.

safety

SAFETY

Providing access to a clean water source within a community protects the safety of women and children.  

The walk to fetch water can often be dangerous for women and children who must travel in the dark and alone in deserted areas carrying up to 40lbs of water. 

GROWTH

GROWTH

Money previously spent on medications and medical treatments can be used to support schools and local businesses and lead to the economic growth and strength of a community.  

LIFE

LIFE

Water = Life. Besides the air we breathe, nothing is more fundamental to our very existence.   

Your donation of clean water literally gives the gift of life.

DREAMS

DREAMS

Without basic access to water lives are halted in order to seek the necessities to survival.   

By giving water, the people of eastern Africa can focus on developing projects and education within their communities to make long time dreams come true.

NOURISHMENT

NOURISHMENT

When a water project is built in a community, members can often use the new water source to grow small gardens near their homes and secure their own food supply.

A secure food supply ensures that people can grow and live a life free of suffering.