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February 8, 2013

Wheelchair accessible public toilet in Kathmandu?

In my first post, I talked about Sita Maya’s difficulty in going to the toilet, which was at a distance from her house in Baglung. But a lack of access to toilet is something urbanites with disabilities such as me face too – all the time.

I am a wheelchair user in Kathmandu. I try to travel around Kathmandu as much as I can. But it is difficult for me to find a wheelchair accessible toilet in the city. Most cinema halls, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, banks, private organisations, NGOs, INGOs and even government offices do not have toilets that provide access to a wheelchair user.

The blogger - Sagar Prasai

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Such a difficult journey to the toilet

Sita Maya, 46, of Devisthan in Baglung district in central Nepal is a physically- challenged single woman.

Her legs are shrunken due to polio. She cannot walk. Because of the hilly nature of her village, she cannot use a wheelchair to move around her neighborhood. Polio affected her right hand too. She crawls with the help of her left hand.

In Nepal, in rural areas, a toilet that’s built inside or adjacent to a house is considered, for cultural and religious reasons, to have polluting effects. In Sita’s case, her family built a toilet, but at a distance from the house.

Sita Maya at her house

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November 24, 2010

Highlights on sanitation and child rights by Commissioner and Spokesman, National Human Rights Commission in Nepal

Filed under: Human rights — Tags: — Anita Pradhan @ 11:12 am

Child rights issue has miles to go

The issue of child rights has seen progress and at the same setbacks over the past few years. There has been improvement in child education and health, but on sanitation, nutrition and security of sectors, the situation hasn’t changed much. (more…)

November 11, 2010

Empowering children to claim their rights to WASH

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are basic human rights but what if you’re too young to recognise or voice these rights? WaterAid and Save the Children Finland are giving children a voice in addressing their rights to WASH facilities in a pilot project in Rauta VDC of Udayapur district, a first of its kind for WaterAid in Nepal.

The joint initiative combines WaterAid’s expertise in WASH projects with Save the Children Finland’s experience in working with children’s rights. Implementing partners Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) and Jalpa Yuwa Samuha (JYS) are also providing essential local knowledge to the project, which was launched in April 2009. By focusing on children’s rights to clean water and a healthy environment, the project aims to provide drinking water services and promote improved sanitation and hygiene practices to 3,600 people within 20 communities (listed below) within Rauta Village Development Committee by March 2012.

A focus on children’s rights means creating child friendly approaches to policy development, planning and implementation of WASH facilities. The children have a critical role and are key players in promoting sanitation and hygiene practices within their communities. They are empowered to participate in decisions made about WASH services such as where a water-point should be located for example.

Udayapur, situated in the Sagarmatha Zone in Eastern Nepal was selected for the pilot project as it has one of the poorest water and sanitation coverage levels in Nepal. Rauta’s geographical location certainly doesn’t help. A 25km stretch of rough and bumpy road separates Udayapur from Gaighat, the nearest large town. The difficult journey along the road to Merkucche, the closest road point to Rauta, must then be followed by a four hour trek on foot!

The programme still has over a year to go but there’s already been very encouraging progress. The project has been completed in eight communities, all of which have been declared ‘open defecation free’ (‘ODF’). A further three communities have already been declared ‘ODF’ while the project is ongoing in these, and the project has yet to be launched in the remaining nine communities, six of which are already ‘ODF’.

I’d be very interested in any of our readers’ views on this new approach, and on the Rauta VDC programme. Please feel free to comment below.

Project completed communities (All the communities listed are declared open defection free)
i) Chhintang  ii) Jhirudanda iii)  Khanitar (See photo of social map) iv)  Kopche v)  Namanta iv) Panbu vii)  Shikhardanda (See photo of social map) viii) Yamutar

Project ongoing communities (All the communities listed are declared open defection free though project to be completed yet)
i) Dillibar ii) Guranse iii) Tallo jarange

Project going to be launch communities (** communities declared open defecation free)
i) Dumrithumka Teltele**  ii) Hattitar and Ratmate** iii) Khyatung** iv) Mathillo jarange** v) Murkuchi bazaar vi) Pallo shikhar** vii) Puware dahar** viii ) Rajabas dangre 9) Ranibas

Written by Anita Pradhan, Documentation Manager, WaterAid in Nepal

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