Stories from our work

We have helped over 23 million people worldwide. Behind this number lie the stories of how individual lives have been transformed in some of the world's poorest communities.

Margarita, a midwife in Columbus, Nicaragua.

Dangerous deliveries: Margarita’s story

In Columbus, Nicaragua, it’s not unusual to see midwife Margarita riding her horse on her way to help a mum-to-be in labour. But in an area without access to safe, clean water, reaching remote communities hasn’t been her only challenge.

Alice Namonje, Menstrual Hygiene Coordinator, Lubunda Primary School, Zambia

Sewing success: Alice’s story

Every month, Alice used to see her female students vanish from class. They were too ashamed to come to school, because of the lack of water and decent toilets to help them manage their periods. Then one piece of equipment changed everything.

Ram Rati in Harijan Basti, Delhi.

A better life in the city: Ram Rati’s story

How much do you invest in your community when it’s an illegal settlement that could be pulled down at any time? Ram Rati has dedicated her time, energy and dedication to transforming conditions in Harijan Basti, Delhi – with incredible results. 

Margaret, a cleaner at Kiomboi hospital in Tanzania.

A clean start: Margaret's story

Keeping a labour ward clean is a challenging task at the best of times – let alone when you don’t have a regular supply of safe water. As a cleaner at Kiomboi hospital in Tanzania, Margaret has gone to extreme lengths to keep mums-to-be and their new babies safe.

Steps towards Clean India

Steps towards Clean India 26 May 2015

We know that toilets can save lives. Not having one can put people in real danger. When Radha Verma’s daughter was attacked on her way to their slum’s open defecation site, she was determined to protect her. Explore our multimedia page to find out how she and her neighbours are transforming lives in India’s toughest slums with safe toilets.

Train passing a women waiting to cross the railway tracks

Across the tracks 2 Feb 2015

As the Clean India campaign gets underway, with its ambitious target of a toilet for every household by 2019, WaterAid explores how something as simple as a toilet can help transform lives by following the story of one ambitious mother in Uttar Pradesh.


Koudougou's story

Koudougou Aminata was trained as a water monitor by WaterAid. Now she helps her community in Burkina Faso make the best use of their inconsistent water supplies.