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.

Helvetas works to alleviate poverty and advance human rights in 30 countries.

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Where We Work

We work alongside local partners to fight poverty in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Learn more about how we support transitional and developing countries. 

Helvetas' New Strategy

International development requires a careful balance of agility and planning. Helvetas' Strategy 2021-2024 shares how we use 60 years of experience to navigate ever-changing environments and ensure our work is sustainable.

COVID-19 Study 

The pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities and created new ones. A survey we conducted with Alliance2015 in 25 countries reveals COVID-19's harsh impacts.

We reach 5.5 million people with vital services and information every year. 

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Bridges & Roads

We build critical transport infrastructure that helps rural populations get better access to markets, schools and hospitals.
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Helvetas connects vulnerable communities to safe drinking water and basic sanitation — the foundational elements of healthy lives.

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.

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.

Helvetas supports more than 250 projects working toward sustainable solutions. 

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.