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

Specific information on our methods and tools


Blue Schools: Linking WASH in schools with environmental education and practice


CHAST: Children's Hygiene and Sanitation Training

The following documents may be used and distributed subject to the condition that both the author ‘Caritas Switzerland’ as well as the name of the product, ‘CHAST’, are mentioned. In case of adaptations to the original product we kindly ask you to contact Caritas Switzerland for copyright clarification. In case of copyright infringements, which includes the removing of Caritas Switzerland’s logo from the manuals and the kit, we ask you to refrain from using the name ‘CHAST’ for circulation.

  • CHAST – Methodology Outline
    File format: pdf / 2 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. The current manual is based on the original Somali CHAST manual (2004) and the adapted version that is used by the Caritas programme in Southern Sudan (first edition 2008, second edition 2010). Download
  • CHAST – Facilitator’s Guide
    File format: pdf / 9 MB
    Methodology Outline, Step-by-step instructions for implementing the CHAST method with a group of children Download
  • CHAST – Flipchart
    File format: pdf / 16 MB
    Instructions and materials for the exercises with upper primary school children as outlined in the Facilitator’s Guide. A full set of posters for different country contexts is available on request. Download
  • Informations CHAST (zip file)
    File format: zip / 19 MB
    CHAST Methodology Outline, Facilitator’s Guide, Flipchart Download
  • The Integrity Management Toolbox for small water supply systems - Poster
    File format: pdf / 271 KB
    Overview. Download
  • The Integrity Management Toolbox for small water supply systems - Methodology outline
    File format: pdf / 736 KB
    Outline. Download
  • Improving the integrity of community groups managing small water supply systems - Case studies (Overview)
    File format: pdf / 1 MB
    Five case studies about the Integrity Management toolbox in Kenya in an overview. Download
  • Creating a platform for accountability in the Dagahaley community - Case study
    File format: pdf / 584 KB
  • Moving towards formal water management in the Olchoro-Onyokie community - Case study
    File format: pdf / 566 KB
  • Learning from failures: the challenges in the Olmaroroi community - Case study
    File format: pdf / 468 KB
  • Building collective action and improving governance in the Sabuli community - Case study
    File format: pdf / 554 KB
  • Preventing integrity risks in a newly established community group in the Tabaita community - Case study
    File format: pdf / 514 KB
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