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July 16, 2013

Photo of the week – 16 July 2013

Filed under: Drinking water,Photo of the week,Urban — nepalwash @ 3:29 pm

Ms Dil Kumari Tamang (23 years) resident of Lama Tole – 4 Nagarkot VDC. Dil Kumari has to spend more than half hour to collect a bucket of drinking water from the water source and has to spend around two and half hours every day.

July 15, 2013

Film on Nagarkot VDC ODF declaration held on 5 July 13

Filed under: Advocacy,Campaigns,Open defecation free,Sanitation — nepalwash @ 12:22 pm

Click here to watch  a film on Nagarkot VDC ODF declaration held on 5 July 13

Nagarkot Village Development Committee (VDC) is declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF) VDC at Nagarkot in Bhaktapur District on 5 July 2013. The declaration was made by Mr Hem Natha Duwadi, Central Development Officer in Bhaktapur District among hundreds of local resident, government official, WASH sector stakeholder, development partner, people’s representative, media and student. Nagarkot is sixth VDC out of 16 VDCs that declared ODF in the district. Yet 37% of the VDCs in Bhaktapur have to declare ODF. This declaration is one of the stepping stone to declare Bhaktapur as an ODF district. This declaration is taken as motivating factor for the remaining ten VDCs and the Bhaktapur District Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee itself in expediting their actions towards declaration of the district ODF. Two hundred and forty-nine additional toilets were constructed within four months period that was instrumental declaring the Nagarkot VDC as ODF. There are 825 household in the VDC and rest others have toilets already. Total population of the VDC is 4429 (female 2254, male 2275). Three public latrines were also constructed in Home stay area, Tourism Development Board and Health Post with in the VDC. So as all the school within the VDC also have access to latrine. VDC is planning to construct an additional latrine at Bus Park. WaterAid – HSBC Water Programme supported for awareness campaign and implemented by Village Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee together with our NGO partner Environment and Public Health Organisation (ENPHO) for ODF declaration process.

July 11, 2013

Link of the week – 11 July

Filed under: Advocacy,Link of the week,Media,Open defecation free,Sanitation — nepalwash @ 3:07 pm

BHAKTAPUR: Nagarkot was declared as the sixth ‘Open Defecation Free’ VDC in Bhaktapur today. Hundreds of locals, government officials, NGO/INGO partners and media personnel celebrated the event. Chief District Officer Hem Nath Duwadi inaugurated the programme, which was chaired by VDC Secretary and Village Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee chair Krishna Prasad Guragain.

More – Click here for our link of the week – 11 July

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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