Standing Up for the Ganga: A unique adventure for clean water

Meet Shilpika, an Indian who has come back home from London and is doing the first source to sea 2500 km expedition of river Ganga, using only a stand up paddle board. Shilpika is a water sports enthusiast and has always dreamt of navigating the pristine waters of the Ganga to witness the different facets of this magical and, meandering lifeline for millions of Indians. This was until she saw the how the mighty river was under threat due to untreated sewage and plastics flowing openly and choking the river. The dream to navigate the Ganga then became a cause. WaterAid India is partnering with her on this epic journey to provide access to toilets for communities living along the Ganga. You can support her efforts to raise money for WaterAid India’s work for communities along the Ganga by clicking on the Donate Now button below.

How Can You Support?
You can help communities live a life of dignity with health and happiness. Choose to make a big difference by improving their access to WASH.

  • Your ₹ 4,000 will enable a household get access to clean water, toilets and hygiene education.
  • Your ₹ 8,000 will help a community get a water point closer home, a water testing tool kit to monitor the quality of water and mason training for toilet construction.
  • Your ₹ 12,000 will help every household in a slum get access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.


Learn more below about the issues river Ganga is facing, WaterAid India’s work and how the money you donate will be used below

The Issue

Open defecation, faecal sludge and untreated sewage are some of the serious threats to our river faced by Ganga. A WaterAid India study found that an alarming 70 per cent of India’s surface-water is polluted largely due to raw, untreated sewage flowing into our rivers and water bodies. What is worse, 91 per cent of our small towns and villages lack an organised sewage system. Studies indicate that untreated sewage equalling water from more than 12,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools flows into our water bodies every day! The Ganga is one of the many water bodies severely affected by such pollution. Deterioration in the quality of its water directly impacts the health and well-being of people who live around it. In some stretches, particularly during lean seasons, the river’s water becomes unfit even for bathing.
A large number of households in these areas lack toilets, which forces people in these areas to defecate near the river, thereby leading to pollution of the river. The numbers are stark!

District Percentage of Households without toilets
Samastipur 75.91%
Sahebganj 38.69%
Kanpur Nagar 60.56%
Fatehpur 64.28%
(*Source: MDWS)

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How Will These Funds Be Used by WaterAid India?

Your incredible support will help WaterAid India bring access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for communities living along the Ganga in the districts of Kanpur, Fatehpur, Samastipur and Sahebganj. The money raised will help:

  • 44,000 people get access to safe water
  • 1,06, 000 people get access to safe sanitation including toilets
  • 1,31, 000 children, lactating mothers, adolescent girls, anganwadi workers and ASHA workers get hygiene education to keep diseases at bay.

For every rupee you donate to WaterAid India, 85% is used for improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene and 15% goes towards programme support including administration.

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