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.
Our impact in India
Since 2005, Water.org has played a significant role in India’s progress toward improved water and sanitation, empowering more than 18 million people with access to safe water or sanitation.
By partnering with different types of organizations, including microfinance institutions, self-help group federations, state rural livelihoods missions, commercial banks, payment banks, social enterprises and the government of India, we are mobilizing resources and sharing knowledge to increase access to improved sanitation and safe water.
Together with our partners, we've changed the lives of more than 18 million people in India with access to safe water or 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.
Water.org is heavily invested in India and strategically positioned to catalyze the national push to end the country’s water crisis. We continue to coordinate and partner closely with key multilateral development finance institutions and government partners in India, such as the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation's Swachh Bharat Mission, UNICEF, the World Bank, WaterAid, and smaller local organizations.
Through these partnerships we are working to influence public policy and practice changes that make more funds available for water and sanitation solutions across the country.
The water crisis in India and Water.org's work to help solve it
With millions affected across the world, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to the global water crisis. Watch as Vedika Bhandarkar, Water.org's Chief Operating Officer, describes our work in India.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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