Safe Water is Essential

Water is critical for survival, yet safe water remains out of reach for 2.1 billion people. Helvetas helps communities sustainably manage and equitably distribute this precious natural resource.

Where and How We Work

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Where We Work

Helvetas helps people in more than thirty countries, actively improve their living conditions. Find out more about our work in each of these countries here.

Working Principles

We strive for a fairer world in which everyone can fulfill their basic needs. We help people improve their own livelihoods in sustainable ways.

Advisory Services

Meet Helvetas’ multi-disciplinary team of development experts, who advise local governments, the private sector and civil society organizations.

Our Topics

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Rural Access

We’re helping people get better access to markets, schools and hospitals.

Education and Vocational Skills

Lack of education perpetuates inequality because poor countries cannot compete economically without a skilled workforce.

Voice, Inclusion & Cohesion

In many countries where we work, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes.
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Every year, we help 500,000 people gain access to drinking water and basic sanitation.

Private Sector Development

Youth need access to reliable, fairly paid jobs to break the cycle of poverty. Helvetas creates partnerships and promotes policies that build more inclusive economies.

Gender and Social Equity

Helvetas makes sure that our work actively and meaningfully includes and supports the most disadvantaged groups.

Climate & Disaster Resilience

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people in adapting to climate change, reducing the risks of disasters, sustainably managing natural resources, and conserving nature.

Selected Projects

Travel around the world with our stories

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Stateless – the Fate of the Rohingya

In a refugee camp in Bangladesh, Rabeya Begum and Mohamad do everything they can to enable their young son Mohamad Rizwan to live in dignity.

Where the Sun Pumps the Water

How the construction of a solar pump has made life easier for the people of a small village in Mali.

Hoping for a Better Life

Day after day, more than 1,500 mostly young people leave Nepal. One of them, Suraj Ghalan, wants to work in Saudi Arabia.
Helvetas - a partner for true change
Truly changing lives
Change takes place where people have decided to break new ground. Teófilo Caraballo is a prime example: He made it possible for his family to drink clean water from their own tap.