Nepal WASH Blog Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) & Development in Nepal

March 25, 2014

Photo of the Week

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Walk for Water — Tags: — nepalwash @ 10:49 am

World Walks for Water on World Water Day (22nd March 2014)

Deputy Speaker of the Constituent Assembly Onsari Gharti Magar and five other CA members of major political parties participating in the “Walk for Water” event organised by WaterAid Nepal and 22 other organisations to mark the ‘World Water Day 2014’ on 22nd March 2014

Photo Credit: WaterAid/Mani Karmacharya

March 22, 2012

WaterAid in Nepal calls for water for all within a generation

Press release – 22 March 2012

KATHMANDU: WaterAid is marking Nepal National Water Week 2012 by supporting The World Walks for Water and Sanitation global campaign. Walks are taking place in fourteen districts in the country, with 8,000 people walking country-wide and over 300,000 globally.

The campaign is running ahead of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership high level meeting, on 20th of April 2012, bringing together Government Ministers from around the world. WaterAid will be calling on them to act with urgency to end the water and sanitation crisis.

An art competition is being organised by Federation of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users Nepal (FEDWASUN) in Makwanpur district today. Tomorrow (23 March) the Nepal Academy of Science & Technology (NAST) is organising a walk in Kathmandu. This will be followed by a seminar on water and food security at NAST Auditorium in Lalitpur, where papers on water and food security will be presented by academicians and experts. (more…)

March 21, 2012

Nepal marking World Water Day 2012!

Across Nepal various initiatives are taking place, from walks for water and sanitation, rallies, interactions, seminar and media activities on this World Water Day. All of this will help to support to the Sanitation and Water for All high level meeting in Washington on 20 April.

Nepal is also marking “The World Walks for Water and Sanitation” global campaign, which kicked off on 17 March and has currently over 340,000 people registered! Walks are happening in fourteen districts namely Chitwan (25 March), Makwanpur (22 March), Gorkha (21 March), Doti (22 March), Baglung (22 March), Dolakha (22 March), Siraha (22 March), Bardiya (22 March), Khotang (22 March), Pyuthan (22 March), Mugu (22 March), Dhading (25 March), Ilam (23 March) and including Kathmandu (23 March), the capital of Nepal. Around 8,000 people will be walking countrywide. The walks in the thirteen districts are organising by Federation of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users Nepal (FEDWASUN). The walks will be followed by interactions in the district headquarters. Art competition will also be organised in the Makwanpur district which FEDWASUN district branch is leading.

In the capital Kathmandu, Nepal Academy of Science & Technology (NAST) is organising the walk which will be followed by the seminar on water and food security at NAST Auditorium in Lalitpur on Friday the 23 March. Water and food security related seven papers will be presented by academicians and experts in the seminar.

The walks, interactions and the seminar are organised in coordination with WaterAid in Nepal. (more…)

May 19, 2011

Link of the week – 19 to 26 May 2011

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Link of the week,Walk for Water — Anita Pradhan @ 5:29 pm

Watch new video for an update on thousands of anti water and sanitation poverty campaigners in Nepal demanded for water.  The video is produced by WaterAid in Nepal and lengths 09:53 minute. Please feel free to tweet about it, post it on your websites and share on any networks you have.

The video can view in here as our link of the week – 19 to 26  May 2011

May 12, 2011

Link of the week – 12 to 18 May 2011

Filed under: Campaigns,Link of the week,Walk for Water,poverty — Anita Pradhan @ 9:00 am

End Water Poverty Campaigners developed special version of the World Walk for Water video for the Least Developing Countries (LDC) Conference.

The video can view it here as our link of the week – 12 to 18 May 2011

Please feel free to tweet about it, post it on your websites and share on any networks you have. It will be shown at the LDC Conference in Istanbul. We hope you like it!

April 20, 2011

Rural campaigning to end water and sanitation scarcity

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Rural,Walk for Water — Shikha Shrestha @ 9:00 am

Campaigning for water scarcity is not a new phenomenon in Nepal. The presence of active members of End Water Poverty Nepal, Freshwater Action Network Nepal and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Nepal – WSSCC Nepal chapter together with organizations including WaterAid in Nepal, NEWAH, NGOFUWS, FEDWASUN, Guthi and private partners like Standard Chartered Bank, Rotary Club and so the list goes on.  If I’ve missed any organization that has been a strong supporter then please do not be offended, all your contribution is highly appreciated.

Nepal Walk for Water campaign aims to raise awareness of the water and sanitation crisis and demand concrete action from national political leadership. The walk emphasizes the need for solidarity to ensure equal access to safe water and sanitation recognizing the crisis as prioritized national development agenda. It calls for water and sanitation to be a political priority, for investments to reach communities in need, and that water and sanitation is not ignored anymore.

Federation of Water and Sanitation Users in Nepal (FEDWASUN) mobilized their members in various districts. The walk in Dhading district was led by Honorable Minister Ganga Lal Tuladhar, Ministry of Education along with the Chief District Officer, Local Development Officer and Chief of Water District Division.  Political party leaders, district based water supply and sanitation related bureaucrats, concerned civil society organizations were present in all these walks.

Photo: Honorable Minister leading the walk at Dhading

Uniqueness of the walk was showcased by carrying of water vessels in the walks organized by FEDWASUN. The photographs were publicized by National Daily that hyped up the coverage of water scarcity in the country. The symbolic representation of water vessel is found to be successful in capturing media attention. The challenge for the future however is how to maintain the creativity of the campaigns without duplicating the same symbol? The captivating rally of Dang with Tharu women carrying vessels on their head showcased their rich culture. Rallies with traditional music (“Painche Bajha”) were another attraction for walks in Gulmi and Pyuthan.

Photo: Overwhelming participation of women with water vessels

The media coverage of the campaign complains of organizing these events only on global events. On contrary, how these events help raise awareness in remotest parts should be analyzed. In a remote district like Doti , in  presence of small children political leader Mr. Ank Bhadhar Khadkha commented “We understand the importance of water, and promote the use of fresh and waste water in vegetable garden” . These campaigns not only raise awareness but also support local government agencies and political leaders to be accountable to the issues of people at the ground.

The success of these awareness campaigns is overwhelming. However, I agree with the critique that there should be sustained momentum of this campaigning energy so that real change in accountability and responsibility pattern of local leaders and citizens are evidenced with increased coverage of water and sanitation access.

Older Posts »

This blog was created by WaterAid under the creative commons licence