Established in 1992, Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) is a non political, non profit, national level non governmental organisation affiliated to the Social Welfare Council. NEWAH was established with a vision of improving the quality of life of all Nepali people through increasing access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. NEWAH supports local communities to implement integrated WASH projects following a gender and social inclusive approach. NEWAH’s core focus areas include WASH service delivery, capacity building and advocating for good governance in WASH. Please see About Us for more information.
NEWAH's headquarters is located in Lohasal, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal. There are four regional offices. Details can be found on the Office Locations page.
NEWAH focuses its support to the poor, excluded and marginalised groups in the rural areas across the country. NEWAH works through its regional offices in Biratnagar, Chitwan, Nepalgunj and in Doti with policy guidance and facilitation of its Headquarters based in Kathmandu. You can see more on the Current Working Districts page.
In 2011, 768 million people across the globe still did not have access to improved drinking water sources. Even worse, by the end of 2011, 2.5 billion people still did not use an improved basic sanitation facility (WHO/UNICEF, JMP 2013). This crisis in water and sanitation has predominately been a concern for the poor, excluded, voiceless, women, children, elderly and disabled. This is especially true for people in Nepal, particularly in the rural areas, where there is still a large populace without access to these services. Find out more about The Need for water, sanitation and hygiene programs in Nepal.
NEWAH works in close coordination with government organizations including the Village Development Committee (VDC), District Development Committee (DDC), Department of Water Supply and Sanitation Division Office (DWSSDO), District Education Office (DEO) and District Public Health Office (DPHO). NEWAH is a member of the Sector Stakeholders Group, Steering Committee for National Sanitation Action, the District Water Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Committee (D-WASH CC) and the Regional Water Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Committee (R-WASH CC).
NEWAH offers financial and technical assistance to implement the integrated water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion projects in the rural communities. Such support is offered only after the fulfilment of the selection and appraisal criteria and policy guidelines. NEWAH does not provide any financial assistance or grants to individuals.
NEWAH receives funding support from WaterAid, AusAID, Simavi, charity:water, Plan Nepal, Rain Foundation, Save the Children/USAID and individual donors for delivering programs to rural communities. In the past, NEWAH has also received support from a number of other donors. All of this information can be found on the Donors page.
Since its establishment in 1992, NEWAH has been able to support over 1.8 million people across the country to access drinking water sanitation and hygiene services through 2077 projects (as of June 2015). As a key member of several national level committees, NEWAH has also contributed to sector policy influencing and improvement through sharing its learning gained from good practices. Find our more about NEWAH's Achievements.
NEWAH’s name and logo can be used for increasing awareness of water, sanitation and hygiene issues. However, before using NEWAH's name and logo, please seek approval from NEWAH by contacting us.
Interested users can reprint and use NEWAH’s resources for social causes only, however they must be acknowledged as NEWAH publications. They may not be copied or reproduced. For more information, contact the Knowledge Management team at NEWAH.
NEWAH welcomes donations to continue their work in the WASH sector. Please follow the instructions on the Donate Now page.