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Name of Organization

CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology)

Focus Areas

  • Training in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Development of WASH Education and Training Materials
  • Follow-up technical support
  • Household Water Treatment (Point of use)


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CAWST, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, is a Canadian charity that provides education, training and technical consulting in water and sanitation to organizations working with the poor in developing countries.

To date CAWST has provided professional services to organizations in 66 countries, catalyzing independent projects that have impacted 3.6 million people with access to improved water and sanitation. CAWST also actively engages Canadian youth and communities to get involved in the cause, encouraging grassroots actions to conserve water and raise awareness locally and globally.

CAWST was recently acknowledged by the Suez Water for All Foundation as an innovation and by the Donner Awards as one of Canada’s 20 best managed non-profits.

CAWST also actively engages youth and communities to get involved in the cause, encouraging grassroots actions to conserve water and raise awareness locally and globally.

Our vision is a world where people have the opportunity to succeed because their basic water and sanitation needs have been met.

Our mission is to provide technical training and consulting, and to act as a centre of expertise in water and sanitation for the poor in developing countries.

CAWST values equitable opportunities, sustainable solutions and collaborative and inclusive processes. CAWST recognizes and accepts differences in cultural, religious and political processes.

CAWST believes...

  1. As a fundamental necessity for life, all persons have the right to a safe and secure supply of water.
  2. Recognizing the universal right to clean water, all members of the global community have a responsibility to create or support institutions, economic systems, and social structures that can fulfill this necessity.
  3. Developing the capacity of local populations to meet their own needs is the only sustainable solution for provision of basic services.
  4. Not-For-Profit agencies provide leadership in improving the living conditions of the poor and development of civil society worldwide.
  5. Democratic governing processes and systems are an essential component of organizational success.
  6. Leadership by example is essential.

Charitable Registration Number: 863751616RR0001 (Canada)

Key Resources

See also complete list of WaterWiki-documented CAWST-Publications

CAWST Resources and Publications

Work on the Ground

See also complete list of WaterWiki-documented CAWST-Projects

Facts & Testimonials

Fast Facts

  • Founded in 2001 by Camille Dow Baker and Dr. David Manz
  • Head office in Calgary , Alberta, Canada
  • 20 staff members including two full-time volunteers
  • 1,300+ members around the globe
  • 3,070,000 people impacted to date in 58 countries
  • $5.27 million (CAD) invested to date
  • Growing recognition in Canada and internationally
  • Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

"I would recommend the workshop to anyone thinking of international work. CAWST employees impressed me with their passion and dedication. I feel much more confident in my ability to implement a program now that I've taken the workshop." - Workshop participant, Canada

"I have become fully convinced that CAWST can play a master role to save lives of millions of people in this world who are suffering from contaminated water, poor hygiene and sanitation." - Dr. Roshan Raj Shrestha, Chief Technical Advisor, UN-HABITAT, Nepal

"We have always been impressed by the manner in which CAWST plans and executes its projects with a strong focus on social and financial sustainability. CAWST has found just the right combination of technology, sustainability and replication capability." - Garry Mann, General Manager, Safety, Environment & Social Responsibility Nexen Inc.

We have been wanting for years to come up with a way of getting clean water to the slum-dwellers but we never knew how. The technologies CAWST presents would be perfect solutions to the problem. Clean water! Yeah!" - Diana Seales, client, Brazil

"The reason I was willing to join [CAWST’s] Project BRAVO is because the project and the workshop, just like everything else related to CAWST, was very well organized and impressive." - Dr. Bill Duke, University of Victoria

"There is definitely a clear sense that household water treatment is gaining momentum globally - driven forward to a large extent by people and organizations in the Network like yourself [Camille Dow Baker, CAWST President & CEO] and CAWST." - Bruce Gordon, WHO Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage

"I believe this [CAWST] approach and technology is relevant for every Rotary club seeking to provide clean water in countries with unsafe water. I was introduced to this concept in Kenya and am a firm believer in its efficacy." - Ron Denham, Rotary International


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