India's water and sanitation crisis

With a population of 1.38 billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world. More than 6% of this population lack access to safe water and about 15% of India’s population practices open defecation. A lack of household water connections and toilets contributes largely to water-borne illnesses, stunting, and death.

In India and around the world, millions are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic with the added challenge of living without access to safe water. Now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families in India.

These factors, combined with the current political push to end this crisis, has created unprecedented urgency to implement effective solutions to increase access to safe water and sanitation.

Water.org partnerships scale impact in India and around the world

Watch to learn how Water.org is helping empower families in India like Renuka's with more than taps and toilets.

  • Stories of Impact

    Investing in water is an investment in women

    Investing in water is investing in potential. With access to safe water at home, Sunita and her family spend less time collecting water and can spend more time pursuing income generating activities like raising her cattle.

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  • Stories of Impact

    Anita's family is safe

    Anita wanted to give her girls a safe, healthy place to go but, the thought of paying for a private toilet at home felt financially impossible. How could she save to build a toilet when the costs of living were already too high? Read about how a small loan helped Anita solve her family's sanitation crisis.

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  • Stories of Impact

    It's time for school

    Water makes time for school possible for kids in Rasulpur and around the world. When kids have access to safe water at home they can walk to school instead of walk to collect water.

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