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.

Mitali's Story

Mitali's Story

In a little village in Rajasthan state there are twin babies that are alive right now because of donations from Kiwis like yourself.

When Mitali gave birth to twin baby girls that weighed less than two kilos each she honestly didn’t think they’d survive. Not in their context.

But Tearfund’s partner had been keeping an eye on this family and visited the house with support and health advice that kept these babies alive through simple, basic interventions.

Our partner counselled this young mother and her family by encouraging and educating her to exclusively breastfeed till 6 months and then continue with complementary feeding. Furthermore, our partner brokered meetings between this young family and their relatives to gain permission for the mother to stay at home (usually tradition demands the mother goes to work and the grandmother raises the child). Today these children are almost 2 years old, they’ve both reached normal weights, are meeting developmental milestones and are healthy.

Our partners work alongside vulnerable communities, like Mitali's, 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 $30 or more to Nourish.

Get Involved

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