WaterAid America transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. The organization works with partners and influences decision-makers to maximize its impact. WaterAid enables the world’s poorest to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with improved hygiene, these basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty. WaterAid works with community partners who understand local issues and provides them with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their needs. In addition, its staff works locally and internationally to change policy and practice and ensure that water, hygiene and sanitation’s vital role in reducing poverty is recognized.