Health hazards commonly occur in most parts of the country due to polluted water, poor sanitation and hygiene practices. Particularly, women and girls are facing reproductive health problems. Despite safe water and sanitation facilities being fundamental human rights, a large majority of the population in rural areas do not have access to them. Behavioural change, enabling environment, WASH services are very important for an effective and sustainable WASH program.
Our WASH program supports to improve the condition of drinking water and sanitation at schools and in communities. It has been providing personal hygiene materials and training to students including communities and supporting in installation of taps and hand pumps, construction of toilets and management of waste. In addition, we have been supporting to manage Open Defecation Free (ODF) and Post ODF. Open Defecation Free (ODF) is one of the major activities of the WASH program whose key goal is to reduce the incidence of water borne diseases. It helps a community to become aware about safe and clean toilet, water treatment and improved hygiene practices for creating a clean and healthy surrounding.
GNI Nepal has been implementing WASH related activities to improve condition of drinking water and sanitation in the schools and communities. To support in making access to improved WASH services and facilities equitable; water filter and bio-sand filter support, drinking water scheme construction and maintenance, distribution of sanitation materials and toilet construction/maintenance will be carried out. To enhance knowledge of and attitude towards safe hygiene and sanitation practices in community; WASH education and trainings and adapt/development of IEC/BCC materials will be carried out. In addition, GNI will be supporting to declare and manage Open Defecation Free (ODF) VDCs and continue ODF status to reduce incidence of water borne diseases.
The main objective of our WASH program is to enhance safe hygiene and sanitation practice in target communities.