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Guatemala

Water is Life

In our project "GIGAM" we establish a better water infrastructure in the highlands of San Marcos and give priority to transparency in all our activities...
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Multimedia Story: Benin’s Urban Farmers

Find out how growing organic vegetables has changed day-to-day life for the better for many smallholders in Benin.

Multimedia Story: Women Inspiring Change in Guatemala

After a traditional upbringing, Irma is now the director of the women’s center in her community. She wants to empower women and give them a voice. Here is her story.

Multimedia stories from our partner countries

Where Tea Grows on Trees

In the mountainous hinterland of Laos, tea leaves are picked at high altitudes.

Yezina Overcomes Every Hurdle

Yezina won't let her handicap stop her. She wants to become a successful seamstress who decides her own life.

A Farmer’s Daughter Goes to College

Read how the Chakma family, with the support of Helvetas, has set up a tree nursery and thus freed themselves from poverty.

Skills Development and Education

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

Governance, Peace & Migration

In many countries where we work, men and women are unable to claim their rights and participate actively in decision-making processes.

Sustainable and Inclusive Economies

Economic growth does not always benefit the poor and poverty is bad for growth. We need to make a proactive effort to break this vicious cycle.
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Water

The most vulnerable communities of the world suffer from dirty water. Every year, we support up to 500,000 people in getting access to clean drinking water and sanitary facilities.
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Rural Access

Lack of transport infrastructure makes it impossible for the poor to escape the poverty trap. We help people get better access to markets, schools and hospitals.

Environment and Climate Change

Every year, we support over 1,000,000 people adapt to climate change, reduce the risks of disasters, sustainably manage natural resources, and conserve nature.

Gender and Social Equity

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

About us

Helvetas Germany is an independent development organization that is building capacity in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We bring about real change in the lives of disadvantaged people every day. The organization promotes people´s fair access to vital resources and champions the protection of social, economic, political, ecological and cultural rights and duties. In Germany, Helvetas pushes for demonstrating solidarity and instituting policies towards developing countries which are geared to the needs of the people in these countries. Helvetas is politically and denominationally neutral.

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Helvetas - a partner for true change
Family Chakma experiences true change
Thanks to their tree nursery, a family in Bangladesh has left poverty and deprivation behind. Surjaa Rani Chakma, the eldest daughter, is going to college – something her grandmother and parents would never have dreamed of for themselves.
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