We are determined to make clean water, reliable toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone

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What is WaterAid?

WaterAid is an international not-for-profit, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. Since we started in 1981, we’ve remained resolutely focused on tackling these three essentials that transform people’s lives. Without all three, people can’t live dignified, healthy lives. With all three, they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty, and change their lives for good. Children grow up healthy and strong, women and men get to earn a living, whole communities start to thrive.

Student Fundraising & Support

If you’re a student who has decided to not only sign up for an adventure with Choose a Challenge, but fundraise for WaterAid as well, we want to help! It’s our job to help you out in anyway we can during your fundraising journey. Some of the areas we can help you in include:

  • Creating a fundraising strategy plan and timeline

  • Provide new fundraiser ideas for you and your team

  • 1-on-1 support and advice along the way

As your selected charity, we’ve appointed one of our own team members here to provide that support.

How is the charity involved?

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Ellie  Community Engagement Officer  email: etillotson@wateraidamerica.org

Community Engagement Officer

email: etillotson@wateraidamerica.org

Meet Ellie

“My name is Ellie and I am the Community Engagement Officer at WaterAid! I work to support all students fundraising through Choose a Challenge and those who are eager to get more involved. I have traveled to over 35 countries and know how incredible it is to gain a global perspective and build relationships with like-minded college students while seeing the world. I am your go-to person for anything WaterAid related including fundraising ideas and support. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Fundraising Tools

Media Assets

 Viete Irakoze aged 7.
Juru Primary School. Juru Sector. Bugesera district. Rwanda.
24th August 2011.

© Zute Lightfoot / Water Aid

Charities can provide media assets to help students create flyers and promote their fundraising efforts on social media. These assets can include: logos, favorite blog posts to share, inspiring stories, links to videos, hi-res photos showcasing charity & efforts, etc

Student Fundraising Stories


A collection of blogs written by students who’ve been there before, fundraised for a Choose a Challenge trip before and have offered up their advice for future and current student trekkers

Fundraising Guide

An in-depth guide written by our staff, which includes students who have been Choose a Challenge Campus Leaders and have organized fundraisers with their team in the past. Here’s some of the best ideas we’ve seen over the past few years in one convenient guide

Speak with your charity representative

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Set up a time to chat on the phone, email or—if you’re close enough— meet face to face with your charity representative for fundraising support and advice for you and/or your team

Email: etillotson@wateraidamerica.org
Phone: (212) 683-0430


To learn more about this charity, please visit their official website by clicking here