WHAT DOES WATERAID DO?
Everything WaterAid does is about getting safe water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone everywhere by 2030. WaterAid deliver services and make change happen.WaterAid tackles the reasons why millions of the world’s poorest people live without these most basic human services.
With hundreds of partners in civil society, government and the private sector, WaterAid make transformational change happen so that governments across the world provide all of their citizens with affordable, sustainable services.
The poorest groups, such as women or disabled people, often miss out on water and sanitation services and hygiene promotion, affecting their health and prospects and marginalising them even further.
Water, sanitation and hygiene services should benefit everybody. For instance, latrines should be accessible for wheelchair users and menstrual hygiene education should be available for all women and girls.
WaterAid works with local partners to reach the poorest and most marginalised people, and call on governments to provide these solutions for everyone everywhere.
WaterAid believes that its only governments who can create an environment where public and private investments and civil society can all operate effectively.
WaterAid works with them to develop national strategies, based on strong governance, financial and technical systems, to reach all of their citizens with sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.
During her first 9 years on this earth, Elba Wahabou never tasted clean and safe water.
The water from the well in her village Din-Rimi, rural Niger, tasted bad and was dangerous to drink.
In rural Niger, the distance to water sources is great and water supplies are often polluted with arsenic.
Furthermore, open defecation spreads diseases and contaminate water sources. In urban areas, the water supply cannot
keep up with growing demand; natural sources are drying up and water levels are becoming dangerously low.
To address the dry climate and lack of services, WaterAid's work in Niger focuses on water security.
WaterAid aim to ensure that the poorest people have enough water for their basic daily needs. WaterAid engage with communities, through local partners, to understand their needs. Involving communities in the design and management of water points and toilets also helps to ensure that they are sustainable. Elba is one of the many people that WaterAid has reached with clean water.
WaterAid has worked together with the community in Elbas village, Din-Rimi, to install a water pump, providing the inhabitants with safe and clean water. And the difference is huge, according to Elba. – This water is better because it's not dirty like it was in the old well and it tastes better, she says, overjoyed that she never again will have to risk her life for a sip of water.
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