© Helvetas / Patrick Rohr
Ethiopia

Developing Skills for Young Tradespeople

Helvetas supports vocational training for young people in Ethiopia, by preparing primarily private educational institutions to teach young people occupational skills that are in high demand. Training fees are not paid in full until young trainees begin to earn steady incomes.
© Helvetas / Patrick Rohr

Selected Projects

Travel around the world with our stories

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Stateless – the Fate of the Rohingya

In the refugee camp in Bangladesh, Rabeya Begum and Mohamad try everything to enable their little son Mohamad Rizwan to live in dignity.

Where the Sun Pumps the Water

How the construction of a solar pump has made life easier for the people of a small village in Mali.

Hoping for a Better Life

Day after day over 1500 mostly young people leave Nepal. One of them is Suraj Ghalan, who wants to work in Saudi Arabia.

Where and How We Work

© Helvetas / Hanspeter Bundi

Where we work

Helvetas helps people in some thirty different countries to actively improve their living conditions. Find out more about our work in each of these countries.

Our Working Principles and Approaches

We strive for a fairer world in which everyone can fulfill their basic needs. We support people in taking charge of improving their livelihoods sustainably.

Our Advisory Services

Meet Helvetas’ multi-disciplinary team of development experts advising the private sector, civil society and other organizations.

Our Topics

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.
© Helvetas / Christian Bobst

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.
© Helvetas / Simon B. Opladen

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.

Gender and Social Equity

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

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.

About Helvetas USA

Helvetas USA is part of a network of independent development organizations. With head offices in Switzerland, Germany and the USA, Helvetas is working in 29 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. We bring about real change in the lives of over three million disadvantaged people every year. We implement development projects in the areas of water and sanitation, agriculture and nutrition, education, economic development, democracy and peace, and climate and the environment. Helvetas also provides emergency response after disasters.

Support our efforts with a donation

Such as our efforts to ensure that families have access to clean drinking water, children can go to school and young people receive vocational training.