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Water Interventions

Compassion partners with thousands of local churches to bring safe water and improved sanitation to the children in our care. Our Water and Sanitation Fund provides access to safe water through boreholes, wells and rainwater catchment systems, safe and hygienic toilet facilities, and hygiene training to minimise health risks.

The reality...

  • 2.2 billion people have no access to safe drinking water 
  • 494 million people still use unimproved sanitation facilities, practicing open defecation
  • Between 2015 and 2020, 107 million people gained access to safely managed drinking water at home

With your help we can...

  • Build life saving wells and water tanks for Compassion-assisted children, their families and their communities.
  • Construct toilet blocks and give children, especially girls, the facilities and privacy they need.
  • Keep children in the classroom by removing the need for them to collect water.

You can give children like Disha safe water 

Eight-year-old Disha has little time for playing or studying. If she doesn’t collect clean water, her family can’t live.  

“I don’t like summer season,” says Disha. “It is the time when we have to make at least three trips to get water.” 

In summer, it would take Disha up to three hours a day to collect enough water for her family. Disha’s community in southern Bangladesh is known for its underwater mangrove forests, frequent flooding and threatening storms. But although there’s water everywhere, it isn’t safe to drink.  

That’s why Disha’s local Compassion project was determined to find a solution. Bringing clean, safe water closer to home improves health for everyone, but it’s life-changing for children like Disha. Now, thanks to the Water Purification Plant, made possible by Water Intervention funding, Disha doesn’t have to walk three hours for water every day.  

Those three hours have been given back to her so now Disha can spend time being a child, studying and playing with her friends. Whatever the season. 

Provide clean drinking water

Whether you give safe water to children in Africa, Asia or South America, you can bring help to those in critical need. Enable Compassion’s church partners to protect children from deadly diseases such as cholera, typhoid and hepatitis. 

I could spend three days without bathing because it was not easy for me to bathe outside and I used to wait until the night to bathe outside. Now, I bathe every day because we have a bathroom, ensuring my privacy.

Patrice (mother), Rwanda

Now this water is clear and does not provoke any skin itching. It is close to me at the centre. I have no more stomach aches.

Tomfaï (child), Togo

Discover the impact Tanzanian children experience when safe water and safe washrooms become accessible 

"Because of clean water, we’ve been able to prevent waterborne diseases. We have also reduced the amount of money used on hospitals."

Why choose Compassion as your water charity?

Compassion has been a trusted charity since 1952. Over the last five years, donations to our Water Fund have enabled us to construct61 safe water sources, to build 31 toilet blocks andto provide 443 household toilets. All our Water interventions are run in partnership with our church partners who know the needs of their communities inside out and are there to provide long-term support.

The results of this intervention are very positive. The centre staff are proving that cleanliness is not just a text-book theory but also needs effort to make it happen. This is why they have built a new facility and shown us that they are serious about physical health and cleanliness, especially now at times of COVID-19.

Rauli, Indonesia (teenager)

Make a difference

Donate to a water project today and together we can make a difference to children being denied their most basic needs.
Your donation of £25 could provide a child with access to a clean toilet.
Your donation of £25 could provide a child with access to a clean toilet.
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The difference you have made

Over the last five years UK donors have had a meaningful impact on the lives of more than 421,420 people.


Given to fund Interventions


Mosquito nets distributed


Babies given a better start


Safe water sources provided


Taught income – generating skills


Children and caregivers trained in child protection

Give with confidence

At Compassion, your donation is used wisely to the greatest benefit to children in poverty.

A minimum of 80 percent of donations to Compassion UK is used to directly support the development and delivery of interventions.

The remaining 20 percent is used to inform and update donors and facilitate support for their chosen intervention or fund Compassion UK activities to support more interventions and children.

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Compassion UK Christian Child Development, registered charity in England and Wales (1077216) and Scotland (SC045059). A company limited by guarantee, Registered in England and Wales company number 03719092. Registered address: Compassion House, Barley Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UT.