Our history

In the last 34 years, we have gone from strength to strength to become one of the most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues.
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WaterAid India is part of the global WaterAid network which has been workingfor four decades to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene across the world.

WaterAid works in 37 countries worldwide, transforming millions of lives every year.

WaterAid’s mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Your support has also helped us to influence policy and practice to ensure that the vital role of water, hygiene and sanitation in reducing poverty is recognised globally.



Started work in India with support from WaterAid International.


Thrust on rehabilitation and revival of defunct handpumps in communities across India.


Focus on community management of water and ensuring functionality of handpumps. Established base in India by setting up offices in Kolkata and Tiruchirappalli.


Focus shifted from only water to water, sanitation and hygiene and its health impacts. The two offices merged as WaterAid India based in Tiruchirappalli.


Tapped into the sector reforms in the country to engage with the government for community-focussed programming. Increased focus on capacity building over infrastructure support. Country office set up in Delhi with regional offices in Bhubaneshwar and Bhopal for greater thrust and focus on poorer states.


Demonstrated replicable models for WASH programming in communities. Began strategic engagement with government and non-government actors for specific actions on WASH. Regional offices opened in Bengaluru and Lucknow.


Intensified focus on sanitation and hygiene in WaterAid India states.


Demonstrated WASH models to influence change and replication at scale.


Thrust on technical support and district-wide approach for enabling systemic changes.

Our work in India

We work with government institutions at the district, state and national-levels to inform them of the ground realities

Toilet fact

44 per cent of the total population in India still defecate in the open.

Open defecation causes chronic diarrhoea that leads to stunting.