For the overall
sustainability of the water supply and sanitation services, appropriate
knowledge and skills are necessary among the stakeholders. Therefore, NEWAH
prioritizes transferring knowledge and skills to local stakeholders through
various capacity-building activities. Consequently, it organizes skill-based
training, facilitation, and orientation for the following committees and
individuals playing crucial roles in a sustainable WASH system (“Clean and Healthy
Sanitation Users’ Committee (WSUC) on various issues related to the
pre-construction, construction and post-construction stages of a water supply
system such that they are able to plan, co-finance, manage, monitor, and
sustainably operate and maintain the systems.
Coordination Committee (W-WASH-CC) on design, implementation, and monitoring
and evaluation of WASH activities at ward level, and the Sanitation and Hygiene
Master Plan and the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach for ODF and
Health and Sanitation Volunteer (CHSV) on community-level hygiene and
sanitation promotion and ‘clean and healthy community.’
female caretakers on operation and maintenance of the constructed water supply
systems. The skill-based training focuses on technical aspects of O&M such
as HDPE pipe joining, preparing fittings, threading GI pipes and joining
fittings with other pipes. They are also trained in collecting tariffs based on
water usage and keeping the tariff and expenses in a financial ledger.
WASH Committee on promotion and management of hygiene and sanitation activities
within the school. Additionally, teachers trained to teach the best hygiene and
sanitation practices using fun and interactive techniques.
Child Health Group (CCHG) on various hygiene and sanitation-related issues with
an aim to spread awareness among children of a similar age group and adults in
their home and community.
Health Awareness Committee (CHAC) on health and hygiene-related issues to bring
about sustainable health and hygiene-related behavioral changes among students,
primarily girl students in their teens and pre-teens.
mobilization and awareness-raising are equally key components of NEWAH’s
capacity-building programs. It organizes cluster-based education and WASH
campaigns to create public awareness and bring sustainable behavior change,
particularly in areas related to latrine use, handwashing at critical times and
household waste management. Triggering campaigns are also regularly organized
in the project areas to generate awareness as well as celebrate different
national and international WASH events. NEWAH’s project staff provide regular
backstopping to the community in all matters related to WASH and project
Using its rich
experience within the sector, NEWAH has also been providing advisory services
to both Governmental and non-Governmental agencies on matters related to
management and technical aspects of WASH project planning, implementation, and
monitoring and evaluation.