Simply washing your hands in India can save lives.

In New Zealand we take for granted that we can turn on a tap and get clean water, visit a doctor when we’re sick, and have easy access to state schooling. In the poorest parts of the world, it can be very difficult just to be healthy. 

We believe everyone has a right to the basics of life, and consider water, health and education to be fundamental for living well. Our goal is to provide impoverished communities with these basic rights, enabling them to flourish and realize their potential.

What we’re doing

Working through local organisations in poor communities, we're:

  • Improving access to water, education, and health services.
  • Providing sanitation and hygiene training.
  • Focussing on youth-skills development and vocational training so young people will have a positive future impact in their communities.

These actions give life opportunities to the most marginalised people and provide communities with long-term solutions

  • 1.8 billion

    The number of people world-wide who are estimated to drink water that is contaminated with faeces

  • 30,000 deaths

    occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions. 90% are children under five years old

  • 3.6%

    of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving access to clean water

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  • 99%

    Of the world's maternal deaths occur in developing countries.

  • 800

    The approximate number of women who die each day due to preventable issues related to pregnancy and childbirth.

  • 1 out of 5

    Deaths of children under 5 due to a water-related disease.

Anjela's Story

Anjela's Story

“My name is Anjela, and I am 29 years old. I have lived on Tanah Masa all my life. It’s not easy being a mother here. I have been pregnant many times, but my pregnancies have been followed by sadness instead of joy. When I lost my first child, I cried all the time.

When I lost my second child, I stopped going to church. When I lost my third child, I started praying again. I still ask God was it my fault that he did this to me?

When my fourth child got sick, I went to a nurse in the village, and even to a shaman, but my child didn’t get well. It wasn’t until Tearfund’s partner came to my village and took care of my child that my child got better.

A lack of health and nutrition awareness and reliance on sometimes unhelpful ancestral beliefs can increase the impact poverty has on vulnerable people. Isolation from the outside world due to geography and infrastructure (phone, internet access) means unhealthy superstitions and traditions such as feeding babies a mixture of water and rice instead of breast milk are not challenged, and mistaken beliefs become the foundation for whole communities’ understanding of health and self-care.

Our partners work alongside these vulnerable communities to educate and empower local people to take control of their own health, improve their access to formal healthcare, and open the door to a better future for their children.

How you can help

Today you can help a community. We need your support to help the poorest and most marginalised people have access to water, health and education.

Your donation will:

  • Provide nutrition for families in need
  • Improve maternal and child survival
  • Provide literacy and numeracy skills to women
  • Enable children to attend school
  • Improve access to basic healthcare

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Your donation will go to our Water, Health and Education work.


We need your on-going financial support to be able to fund our work through our partners. Click here to make a regular donation of $20 or more to where the need is greatest.

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Thank you so much for your interest in our Water, Health and Education work. Click here if you want to get more involved.