All projects are community owned and led, placing the household at the centre
We consider each family’s individual circumstances and design projects to meet these varying needs
We undertake longer projects with follow-on initiatives to build on successes, sustaining the benefits and impact of our work
Millions of people around the world don’t have access to safe water and basic toilets, and have little or no awareness of good hygiene practices. This can lead to poor health and increased risk of disease and death. To combat this, we deliver life-saving water and essential sanitation and hygiene facilities to communities that need it most.
We also support vulnerable communities to recover and develop communal WASH assets, manage water resources, irrigation and drainage systems and to improve sanitation and hygiene facilities and practices at schools and at household levels.
When a community has adequate water, we see families growing and selling food, healthy children attending school, clean hospitals treating patients safely… and the list goes on!
Globally, 767 million people live below the poverty line of less than US$1.90 a day and more than 200 million people remain unemployed. Our livelihood projects empower vulnerable families with the skills, knowledge and resources to generate a stable income, often from running their own businesses, so they can provide for themselves and break the cycle of poverty. We help through analysing local markets and identifying opportunities and then providing training, equipment, and other support to help vulnerable families secure a sustainable means of living.
When disasters strike and people are unable to practice their usual livelihoods, we provide opportunities for vulnerable families to substitute for their livelihoods through food or cash for work programs and projects that employ local people in disaster mitigation and reconstruction work. As conditions return to normal, we support communities to restore their existing livelihoods, and then strengthen and diversify their livelihoods as part of sustainable development.
Education is a crucial driver of development and a key factor in alleviating poverty and improving livelihoods, health outcomes, gender equality and stability. Currently, approximately 260 million children are out of school, and many are unable to read or write, despite attending school. Through our projects, which train teachers and build new and improve existing school facilities, we aim to ensure that the communities we work with have access to schools and basic education – helping to overcome poverty in the long term.
With war, disaster or poverty, comes unimaginable psychological trauma. That’s why we provide life-changing psychosocial first aid and longer term psychological support to people dealing with the effects of violence; disaster; displacement; loss of, or separation from, family members and friends; and poor living conditions.
We support the psychological recovery of vulnerable people experiencing the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions through the provision of safe spaces and psychosocial support services. Complementing our work on education, we also support children and youths with “life skills” training, social and sporting opportunities to promote personal resilience and social cohesion.