The national charity WaterAid has been supporting the UTC development from day 1. The UTC will provide a platform for WaterAid's work with schools across the south west. UTC students will undertake Challenge projects with WaterAid and get involved in fundraising activities.
WaterAid’s history stretches back to 1981, when on 21 July we were officially established as a charitable trust.
In the last 30 years, we have gone from strength to strength to become one of the most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues.
Donations and support has also helped us to influence policy and practice to ensure that the vital role of water, hygiene and sanitation in reducing poverty is recognised globally.
Between 2009 and 2015 our ambition is that a further 25 million people will have access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation as a direct result of our work; and that by influencing the policies and practices of governments and service providers we will have reached a further 100 million people.
Our four global aims are:
To promote and secure poor people’s rights and access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.
To support governments and service providers in developing their capacity to deliver safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.
To advocate for the essential role of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation in human development.
To further develop as an effective global organisation recognised as a leader in our field and for living our values.
There are over 200 full-time staff in the UK and more than 460 in country programmes. Investing in our people is vital to the success of our work. We are committed to being an inclusive organisation. Our volunteers also play a crucial role at WaterAid. Many have worked with us for a considerable period of time, contributing invaluable time and skills to the organisation.
Our work is carried out in partnership with hundreds of non-governmental organisations, government agencies, academic institutions, private companies, journalist networks and many more. By supporting around 400 local partners in the countries where we work, we invest in local organisations to build both their skills and capacity, ultimately making the projects sustainable over the longer-term.
Our local partners include non-governmental organisations, civil society groups, government agencies, academic institutions, private companies, journalist networks and many more. In addition, we have partnerships with institutions and companies that fund our work, and we follow our own ethical policy when selecting these relationships.