650 million people don’t have access to safe water. Without this basic service, they have no choice but to drink dirty water that could kill them. Everyone everywhere needs a safe and sustainable supply of water: for drinking, washing, cleaning, cooking and growing food. It’s a basic human right.
2.3 billion people – one in three – don’t have access to a proper toilet. Many are forced to go in the open, spreading deadly diseases. A toilet is something everyone should take for granted – at home, school, work and in public places. It protects people from dangerous diseases and improves their safety and dignity.
Without good hygiene, such as handwashing, people can’t stay clean and deadly diseases spread fast. Something as simple as handwashing with soap could halve the number of cases of diarrhoea. Good hygiene maximises the benefits of safe water and proper toilets, keeping people healthy so they can go to school or earn a living.
WaterAid transforms the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
Our vision is a world where everyone everywhere has these basic human rights.