About WASH for Emergencies
WHAT WE DO
In emergency situations, access to clean water and a functioning sanitation infrastructure enables people to stay healthy while they cope during these stressful periods. Our work emphasizes protection of lives and livelihoods. We help to stabilize and restore the health and well-being of communities that are unable to cope with natural or man-made disasters.
HOW WE DO IT
Unique approach: CRS carries out its emergency water and sanitation services in accordance with established standards. What makes CRS stand out is that the organization responds to all three emergency phases: rapid response, stabilization and recovery and rehabilitation.
Strict governance: Each level of emergency response is governed by a needs assessment and an analysis of both the CRS country program and the partner’s capacity to act quickly.
Balancing act: Since many countries are at some stage of emergency programming, it is essential to balance a development and emergency response to ensure that support is provided to the most vulnerable populations, while progress is made in meeting specific program goals and targets.
Research & Publications
A Review of Shelter/WASH Delivery Methods in Post-disaster Recovery Interventions
Pintakasi (the Waray Waray word for “community action”) is an in‑depth study to assess the efficiency, effectiveness and appropriateness of the modalities chosen by CRS for delivering shelter and WASH assistance in its Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Program. This study aims to contribute valuable lessons learned and More
Best Practices in Water and Sanitation
This document is intended to provide guidance to nontechnical CRS program managers and decision makers—as well as field workers—in developing, designing and implementing water, sanitation and hygiene projects. More