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May 2, 2014

WaterAid Nepal office inaugurates its first disabled friendly toilet

Filed under: Amrita Gyawali's Post,Gender,Women — nepalwash @ 4:02 pm

WaterAid Nepal office inaugurates its first disabled friendly toilet

On 2nd May 2014; WaterAid’s Head of South Asia Region, Mr. Tom Palakudiyil together with Ms. Amrita Gyawali, E & I consultant for WaterAid Nepal inaugurated the disabled friendly toilet at WaterAid Nepal office. Construction began around 3 months ago and has finally been completed, the toilet is now ready to use.

Addressing the inaugural programme, Mr. Palakudiyil said “we need to walk the talk and this initiative of WaterAid Nepal (WAN) office is really a remarkable one.” In addition, he congratulated the WaterAid Nepal team for being the first WaterAid office in South Asia to construct a disabled friendly toilet.

Similarly, Ms. Gyawali remarked “I am very happy that our office has built this disabled friendly toilet. Now, I can use the toilet without any discomfort as easily as my colleagues.” She further added with a smile that “This is the first toilet where I can see myself in the mirror and use basin for hand-washing without any struggle.”

WaterAid Nepal is working in providing Water Sanitation and Hygiene services to the most marginalized and vulnerable groups since the past 27 years.  Equity and Inclusion (E and I) is central to all of WaterAid’s projects and activities.

This post is written by Ms. Kamala K.C , Consultant –  WaterAid Nepal

June 24, 2013

A woman with disability speaks up for sanitation

I was one of the key presenters in the closing ceremony of the National Sanitation Action Week, held on 11 June in Kathmandu. The event was really informative for me. As a wheelchair user I am challenged on a daily basis when trying to access toilets. As a woman, it’s even harder.  It’s depressing that there’s not a single toilet that I can access.  This meant I had to stop going to school, college and many places I wanted to be. I missed my lessons at school and had to stay at home for self study. In a way, I was deprived of my fundamental human rights.

This post is written by Amrita Gyawali

June 18, 2013

Photo of the week – 18 June 2013

Filed under: Advocacy,Gender,Menstrual hygiene,Photo of the week — nepalwash @ 9:00 am

Ms Nanda Kala B.K. (15 years old) is forced to stay in open hut (Chaupadi) during menstruation. She has to spend her seven days in every month in the hut. She studies in grade eight at a community school in Ghatgaun VDC, Surkhet district in mid western region. She misses her lessons at schools during the menstrual period as her family does not allow going to the school during the period. This practice is common and taboo topic in some of the districts in mid and far western regions of country. WaterAid Nepal is working together with its partner NGO Nepal Water for Health in this location in providing drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education services. Young girls are taught what not to dos during the period than what to dos. We need to work more addressing inequality that is stopping the girls accessing to education.

September 29, 2011

Dropping in on development: an exhibition

Filed under: Advocacy,Anita Pradhan's Post,Campaigns,Gender,Menstrual hygiene,Women — Anita Pradhan @ 9:00 am

In a major exhibition held by WaterAid in Nepal, ten Nepalese artists will examine the effect of menstruation and menstrual hygiene on women’s health, girl’s education and gender equality.

The installation and visual performance, Dropping in on development, will be held on Thursday 29 September, 6pm at Hotel Himalaya, Kupondole, Lalitpur, Nepal. A live stream of the exhibition will be available to watch via the website (see below), Facebook and Ustream (6pm NPT/12.15pm BST).


August 17, 2011

School sanitation campaign in Nepal

WaterAid in Nepal marked the launch of its school sanitation campaign, with the opening of a photo exhibition, School Sanitation: The Neglected Development Link. The exhibition features striking images by press photographers in Nepal, illustrating the effect of sanitation on the lives of school children across Kathmandu valley. It is inagurated by four years old Bunu Nepal at 3pm on 11 August at the Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal, Kathmandu.

According to Nepal government policy, schools must ensure one toilet for every 50 students. However WaterAid’s analysis shows that the average school toilet serves 127 students, nearly three times as many as the government recommends.  Of Nepal’s 28,000 community schools, only 18,000 have toilets – with only 5580 providing separate toilets for girls.

Every year in Nepal, 10,500 children under the age of five die due to sanitation and drinking water related diseases – more than half of which are girls. Every month teenage girls risk missing several days of class during their menstrual period or, worse, dropping out of school altogether because of a lack of toilet facilities, further entrenching the barriers caused by gender inequality.  It is estimated that nearly two million female students have no access to toilets in school.

WaterAid called on immediate action to be taken to provide separate toilets for girls and boys in schools which are also accessible for disabled students and include facilities to enable girls to hygienically manage their menstruation.

Related links:

News on WaterAid’s Nepal web site

Multimedia presentation on youtube

Media coverage
The Rising Nepal (TRN-7.pdf)
The Himalayan Times

Republica photo feature – 19 August 2011 (please view middle pages 8 – 9)

Republica – public comment on the photo feature – 20 August 2011 (please view page number 6)

August 11, 2011

A photo exhibition – school sanitation: the neglected development link

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