Peace Corps - Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Welcome to the Peace Corps Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Peace Toolkit, your one-stop source for reliable and relevant WASH information. We welcome and encourage use of the toolkit by Peace Corps Volunteers and staff globally. We have designed this toolkit so we can share Peace Corps developed resources both globally and regionally. Furthermore, we have selected, and will continue to expand our selection of resources from partner agencies that we think are appropriate. 

Improved hygiene behaviors and improved access to water and sanitation are high priority community needs in the majority of Volunteer communities, with significant health implications, particularly for children. The resources in this toolkit are intended for all Volunteers engaged in water and sanitation activities, a large proportion of whom may have other primary assignment activities, and whose water and sanitation activities are part of their community service (“secondary”) activities.


Volunteers generally assist communities to address water, sanitation and hygiene needs by:


1.    Promoting hygiene behavior change; Volunteer often train outreach workers or teachers. Note that improved handwashing behavior can reduce child diarrheal deaths by more than 40% (IYS Advocacy Kit, UN-Water 2008, Talking Points).


2.    Engaging in technical training and community organizational strengthening;Volunteers may provide communities with information, training and organizational strengthening support so that they better operate and maintain their existing water and sanitation technologies.


3.    Facilitating design and management of small-scale projects; Volunteers might help facilitate pilot projects of new technologies, projects for schools, or community access to resources.


For more information on Volunteer activities in water and sanitation in 2009, open this document.


Technical resource materials are sub-divided into the following categories:


Information Category

Resources Description

General information

Facts and lessons learned related to water, sanitation, and diarrheal diseases in developing countries. Also a summary of Peace Corps work in water and sanitation in 2009.

Hygiene promotion (resources for training community outreach workers)

Studies concerning outcomes of behavior change studies and outreach methodologies. Also graphic aids, and tracking sheets for hygiene behavior change outreach workers.

WASH in schools

Information and tools for setting up programs to integrate WASH in primary school programs: tip sheets, a description of a healthy schools project, lesson plans, and activities.

Household water treatment

Short documents describing and comparing various options for household water treatment. Peace Corps-generated summary comparisons of household water treatment methods.

Water supply

Information on wells, hand pumps, and rainwater harvesting as well as Peace Corps-generated resources concerning well-cap repair, work with water committees, and low-cost well drilling.


Watershed protection

Resources for watershed management and a watershed management checklist.

Latrines, soak-away pits and grey water reuse

Guidelines for onsite sanitation and latrine construction and maintenance. A Peace Corps-generated summary of sanitation options, latrine use checklist, and resources for ecological latrine construction.

Financing water and sanitation infrastructure projects

Peace Corps guidance and resources for financing small-scale infrastructure projects.

Addresses the particular needs and interventions related to WASH for people living with HIV/AIDS in order to prepare participants to integrate WASH practices in HIV programming.

WASH and Nutrition

Covers the conceptual and practical linkages between nutrition and WASH interventions in order to prepare participants to integrate WASH practices in nutrition activities and vice versa. 

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Toolkit last updated: January 20, 2015