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June 27, 2013

Link of the week – 27 June

Filed under: Advocacy,Link of the week,Media,Nepal,Open defecation free,Sanitation — nepalwash @ 4:39 pm

Kathmandu behind remote districts in meeting ODF target

While the geographically challenged underdeveloped districts have done far better, the Kathmandu District Development Committee has managed to declare only five of its VDCs as ODF till date.

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June 26, 2013

You have the power to change our world!!

Most of the times, Nepali media present the persons with disabilities as someone who are weak, ill-fated and fragile. This portrayal has often influenced common people to think that- providing basic needs to people with disability is a noble deed, a social welfare. What is never discussed is that- people with disabilities have equal rights as others to basic needs and services. Every development sector should consider these rights while providing its services to the general people. Water and sanitation sector is no different.

We all know that, of all disadvantaged groups of people, persons with disability are most vulnerable. They are among the poorest and untreated groups. It is very common that they may be left out in many development programmes including water and sanitation. But it shouldn’t be concluded that- all disabled persons are weak and fragile based on the above facts.

A person’s disability is the result of different barriers around him/her rather than his/her impairment. For example, if a disabled person is provided with accessible infrastructure around his/ her house and community then s/he her/ himself can lead own life with ease. These accessible infrastructures would include- ramps instead of stairs, wide doors, toilets with commode and support bars, wash basins at low heights, shower chairs, kitchen utensils and accessories at low heights etc. On the contrary, a person with some physical impairment, if not provided with accessible facilities, will suffer from severe disabilities. In that case, he would need support for everything- to get inside a home, use toilet, bathing or even to move. (more…)

June 25, 2013

Photo of the week – 25 June 2013

Filed under: Drinking water,Photo of the week — nepalwash @ 9:00 am

Putali Tamang (66 years old) lives in Lama Tole – 4, Ngarkot VDC in Bhaktapur District. She is compelled to drink water from unprotected source. She finds difficulty in transporting even a bucket of water to home from the source due to her old age. During rainy season there is enough water at the source but the water gets muddy and hazy, while in dry season, volume of water flow gets low and takes hours even to fill up a small water bucket. It took half an hour to fill the mug seen in the picture to her at the source. She lives alone and doesn’t get support from her son in collecting drinking water though he lives next to her home. WaterAid/ Mani Karmacharya

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 19, 2013

I do not need a separate toilet

One of the reasons that the organisations working in the sanitation sector do not give much interest in building disabled friendly toilets is – they think it requires more additional costs. They believe that the inclusion of people with disability in the sanitation means building a separate toilet for disabled people and this would certainly hike up their budget. Therefore, even the issue of accessibility comes up in the planning and discussion phase, very few people actually build one. Thus it is very important to make everybody understand- the actual meaning of inclusion.

Inclusion process does not require building a separate toilet for people with disability. Instead, it is a process of making the sanitation facilities accessible and suitable for every member of the community- whether they are disabled persons or not. Also, an inclusive toilet doesn’t increase one’s budget.  Some cases opened up by the different organisations have shown that if planned from initial phase, accessible toilets would cost only 2-3% more of the actual budget. (more…)

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.

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