Global Citizen Festival 2016

Our star supporters

WaterAid India in partnership with Global Citizen India and Ketto is running a fundraiser and asking people to support us for enabling access to water, sanitation and hygiene for people of four districts along the Ganga: Kanpur, Sahibganj, Fatehpur and Samastipur.

Three of our supporters Vijeta Rao, Shreevats Pandey and Suresh B have successfully raised Rs 50,000 for our projects along the Ganga.


If you’re the fastest to successfully raise funds for WaterAid India you can get free tickets to the Global Citizen Festival India and watch Coldplay and Jay Z live!

Photo: Global Citizen India
Photo: Global Citizen India

The first phase of tickets will be won by 125 people who raise Rs. 50,000 the quickest. The second phase of tickets will be won by 125 people who are the fastest to raise Rs. 75,000. The third phase of tickets will be for 125 people who are first in raising Rs. 90,000 and subsequently the tickets from the last phase will be won by 125 people who are the first to raise Rs. 1,00,000.

Photo: Ketto
Photo: Ketto

Support WaterAid India and our work. Click here to start your fundraiser for WaterAid India now.

Action Journeys supported by WaterAid India

As part of our larger commitment to reach everyone, everywhere with water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030 we are supporting a number of action journeys for Global Citizen Festival.

By signing petitions, sharing content on social media channels and sending emails you earn points. These points can then be redeemed to get tickets for the Festival on November 19, World Toilet Day at Mumbai.

Latest action journeys supported by WaterAid India

  • Congratulate Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) for leadership in making India Open Defecation Free!


Eradicating open defecation and improving access to sanitation are two keys to a sustainable future. India has the highest number of people defecating in the open in the world, amounting to nearly one third of our total population. Studies suggest that physical access to toilets is increasing by a whopping ten percent annually, but if the 2019 goal is to be attained, that rate must increase to 12 percent annually.


Together, we can take the first step towards an Open Defecation Free India by tweeting to the Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Narendra Tomar, and requesting that he help eliminate open defecation across districts. Let’s take the first step and set an example for the rest to follow.

To take part in the action journey click here.

  • Break the silence on Menstruation

Did you know that, on average, a woman will be on her period for a total of eight years of her life! There is nothing embarrassing about menstruation – it’s a healthy, natural cycle that over half the world experiences. Even so, an incredible amount of stigma still surrounds the issue. Our culture of silence about menstruation leads to health problems, indignity, shame, low self-esteem, and significant social and educational obstacles for millions of women every month. Global Citizens, let’s break this silence and encourage women and girls to feel proud of their bodies. Tweet to Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javdekar to ensure that everyone gets menstrual hygiene education in school, as well as sanitary menstrual products and disposal facilities!

To take part in the action journey click here.

Previous action journeys supported by WaterAid India

  • Support Kerala in its journey toward being ODF!:
Photo: Global Citizen India
Photo: Global Citizen India

Kerala is now 99% ODF. The remaining 1% is comprised largely of Kerala’s migrant labourer population, because these workers often lack access to adequate facilities. We as global citizens would now like to urge them to push forward and ensure safe and sustainable sanitation facilities to these migrant labourers. The movement to make India ODF must be inclusive and equitable to everyone.

  • Ask Chief Ministers to incorporate a budget for Fecal Sludge and Septage Management!
Photo: Global Citizen India
Photo: Global Citizen India

Fecal Sludge and Septage Management (it’s more exciting than it sounds, we promise!) can help eradicate the consequences of open defecation and help keep India’s people feeling good. Fecal Sludge and Septage Management, or FSSM, refers to the safe treatment and disposal of fecal waste. 70% of urban India’s sewage sits untreated! Tamil Nadu is the only state that has effectively adopted a formal FSSM program, thus improving their surroundings and preventing their water from being contaminated with dangerous waste. Since Tamil Nadu has paved the way for a more hygienic India, let’s urge the rest of our Chief Ministers to follow suit and dedicate a budget to manage their states’ sludge!


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