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From crisis to compassion: WaterAid's mission to end water crisis worldwide

From crisis to compassion: WaterAid's mission to end water crisis worldwide
From crisis to compassion: WaterAid's mission to end water crisis worldwide

WaterAid, established in 1981, emerges as an unwavering international not-for-profit federation with a resolute goal: to turn clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene into a reality for individuals worldwide. From its inception, WaterAid has actively confronted global water and sanitation challenges, aligning harmoniously with the Global Goals and propelling transformative progress.

Central to WaterAid's mission is its alignment with the Global Goals, with a dynamic global network actively contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This contribution is prominently directed towards SDG 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, and SDG 3 – Good Health and Well-being. This initiative resounds with the urgency of ensuring access to clean water, decent toilets, and proper hygiene for all, thereby safeguarding health and fostering sustainability.

Behind the statistics lies a vivid portrayal of WaterAid's battle against prevailing challenges. A considerable segment of the global population faces the absence of clean water, decent toilets, and proper hygiene. Each day, preventable diseases caused by inadequate water and sanitation claim lives, disproportionately affecting children. Rooted in the fundamental belief that every individual deserves the basic human rights of clean water and sanitation, WaterAid's commitment remains steadfast.

WaterAid's global impact rests on core principles: global interest, subsidiarity, unity, and sustainability. These principles drive strategic decisions, steering a robust global strategy guided by four key aims. Collaboratively led by the international board and secretariat, this strategy shapes growth, funding, and progress assessment. As a global federation with members across nations, WaterAid employs regional and global advocacy to drive change. This collaboration fuels tangible initiatives, such as country programs managed by Australia, India, the UK, and the US, amplifying influence on governments, companies, and institutions.

  • 771 million people don’t have clean water close to home.

  • Almost 1.7 billion people don't have a decent toilet of their own.

  • 29% of schools don’t have clean water

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme 2022 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools

Combining its far-reaching influence with strategic advocacy, WaterAid endeavors to rewrite the narrative of water and sanitation challenges, relegating them to history. Guided by a steadfast focus on SDGs and a vision for a brighter future, WaterAid illustrates the transformative power of civil society organizations in driving global change. In its wake, lives, communities, and the planet stand transformed.

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