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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Access to water and to basic sanitation is a human right. Caritas Switzerland recognises this and enables disadvantaged people to get access to drinking and service water as well as to sanitation. This involves building wells and sanitary installations, establishing usage rights and raising awareness. 


People need water to survive. We drink water, we use it for hygienic purposes, we give it to our livestock and use it to irrigate the fields, we use large quantities of it in industry, we produce energy with it and transport our goods on it. Because water is vital to human survival, access to sufficient and clean water is a human right. And yet,

  • more than two billion people still have no access to clean drinking water and more than 2.5 billion have no sanitary facilities at their disposal,
  • a quarter of all deaths in developing countries are due to contaminated water,
  • already, conflicts around this scarce resource are taking place across the globe,
  • due to climate change, rain no longer falls regularly and with the same intensity. Droughts and floods are becoming common occurrences.

Just as the use and availability of water varies, so the Caritas water projects also differ accordingly. Springs are tapped, wells drilled, dams and sanitary installations built. Caritas is involved in awareness-raising work on water use and hygiene, establishes rules for water utilisation rights and mitigates the worst impacts of disasters by building flood protection dams and taking protective measures against soil erosion. And true to its commitment to helping people to help themselves, Caritas brings together local government representatives, village water committees and craftsmen so they can solve their problems themselves.


Selected Water Projects


Further information

  • Flyer: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
    File format: pdf / 568 KB
    What we do in the field of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Download
  • Excerpt IC Programme 2020: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
    File format: pdf / 345 KB
  • Water Projects & Expertise
    File format: pdf / 758 KB
    Poster visualising the activities and expertise of Caritas Switerland with respect to water Download


  • CHAST, Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Training - A practical facilitation handbook
    File format: pdf / 5 MB
    A practical guide with step-by-step instructions on how to implement the hands-on tools developed for the Children’s Hygiene and Sanitation Training programme. The CHAST methodology was developed by Caritas in Somaliland between 2002 and 2003. The development of the methodology and first edition manual (2004) was supported by the European Union and the Government of Luxembourg. Download
  • The Integrity Management Toolbox for small water supply systems - Poster
    File format: pdf / 271 KB
    Overview. For detailed guidelines for coaches, please contact Lucie Leclert, Senior WASH Advisor, Download
  • The Integrity Management Toolbox for small water supply systems - Methodology outline
    File format: pdf / 736 KB
    Outline. For detailed guidelines for coaches, please contact Lucie Leclert, Senior WASH Advisor, Download
  • Blue School 2.0 - Concept brief
    File format: pdf / 504 KB
    This Concept Brief is part of the Blue School Kit, developed together with Terre des hommes, HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Research (Eawag) in the framework of the Swiss Water and Sanitation Consortium. Download

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