844 million people in the world – one in nine – do not have clean water.

2.3 billion people in the world – one in three – do not have a decent toilet.

289,000 children under 5 die each year due to diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s 800 a day, or 1 child every 2 minutes.

We are an international non governmental organisation with a mission to transform lives by improving access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. We work with partners and influence decision-makers to maximise our impact.

Our approach

WaterAid uses practical solutions to provide clean water, safe sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people.

We work with local partners who understand local issues, providing them with the skills and support they need to help communities set-up practical and sustainable projects. Technologies are used that fit the local context and people are trained to maintain them.

We now work in 27 countries worldwide.

We cannot solve the water and sanitation crisis on our own. So we use our experience and research to influence governments and other service providers to do more.

The incredible generosity and commitment of all our supporters – individuals, institutions and companies – is behind everything we do.

Our work in Canada

WaterAid Canada’s history stretches back to 1987, when it was originally established as a registered Canadian charity under the name WaterCan/EauVive.

Guided by its vision of Clean Water for All, WaterCan established itself as a leading Canadian charity dedicated exclusively to helping the world’s poorest people gain access to clean drinking water, basic sanitation and hygiene education. Working with local partner organisations in eastern Africa, WaterCan supported small-scale, community-driven projects that dramatically improved quality of life in rural areas and urban slums.

Over the course of 26 years WaterCan helped to create more than 1.2 million success stories – children, women and men whose lives were dramatically transformed through improved access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation.

In mid-2013, WaterCan brought its 26 years of experience and expertise to the global federation WaterAid as its Canadian Member. By joining forces we believe we can have a bigger impact, ensuring everyone, everywhere has access to clean water and sanitation by 2030.

There will be a period of transition before WaterCan becomes formally known as WaterAid Canada. Over the coming months, WaterCan will work closely with other WaterAid members to bring together operations in East Africa.

Read more about this strategic alliance >