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July 10, 2013

Nagarkot VDC declared “Open Defecation Free”

Filed under: Advocacy,Open defecation free,Sanitation — nepalwash @ 4:14 pm

On Friday, 5 July 2013, I headed to Nagarkot in Bhaktapur district, which is about an hour’s drive away from Kathmandu, with the WaterAid team to participate in the declaration of Nagarkot VDC as “Open Defecation Free” (ODF).  I did not know what to expect as this was the first time I was going to such an event.

When I got there, I was amazed.

I felt as though I was attending an extravagant wedding ceremony; with more than a hundred people present, the traditional music band playing in the backdrop, people in their finest traditional attires singing and dancing to the music. Proud faces beaming with joy, everybody had come together to celebrate the success of the hard work they had put in for the last four months.

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July 9, 2013

Photo of the week – 9 July 2013

Filed under: Advocacy,Open defecation free,Photo of the week,Sanitation — nepalwash @ 4:24 pm

July 8, 2013

Bringing persons with and without disabilities together

I believe the main reason for exclusion of persons with disabilities from any basic services including water and sanitation is the lack of proper awareness in general people about disability. I have experienced that, most of the non-disabled people don’t know what the exact requirements of disabled people are. In many cases, they are even unaware that- the toilets in their houses or business places are not suitable for disabled people. It is because they haven’t got any chance to mix up with the people who have disabilities- in any occasions.

Our society has craved two different paths for disabled people and non-disabled people from the early childhood. Children who have some kind of disabilities are sent to a different school than their non-disabled counterparts. Only these “special” schools have accessible facilities required by the children having disabilities. Thus they can’t go to common schools. Due to this constraint, they can’t grow up with non-disabled children and be friends with them. The only persons around them are disabled persons like them. This segregation of disabled children prevents the development of an emotional relation between non-disable person and disabled persons. (more…)

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