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WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

Our WASH program supports to improve the condition of drinking water and sanitation at schools and in communities. Open Defecation Free (ODF) is one of the major activities under the WASH program. The key goal is to reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases.

Health hazards in Nepal occur due to polluted water and poor sanitation and hygiene practices. Particularly, women and girls face reproductive health problems. Safe water and sanitation facilities are fundamental human rights, but sadly, a large majority of the population in rural areas of Nepal do not have access to them. Behavioral change, creating an enabling environment, and WASH services are at the heart of our WASH program.

We support to improve the condition of drinking water and sanitation at schools and in communities. We provide personal hygiene materials and training to students including communities and support in the 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 status. We help communities to become aware of and adopt safe and clean toilets, water treatment and hygienic practices for creating clean and healthy surroundings.

GNI Nepal has also been assisting schools and communities to have safe drinking water and sanitation. 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 are carried out.

To enhance knowledge of and instill the right attitude towards safe hygiene and sanitation practices in communities, GNI Nepal undertakes WASH education and training programs and adaptation/development of IEC/BCC materials. In addition, support to declare and manage Open Defecation Free (ODF) zones is also supported.

The main objective of our WASH program is to enhance safe hygiene and sanitation practices in target communities.

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