We endeavor to provide access to safe water especially to hard-to-reach communities. Our projects intend to improve the living standard of the most vulnerable through access to water, improved health and a better sanitation status of the community. Community WASH projects need a relatively high budget, hence coordination with local government and community people along with financial support of funding agencies is crucial.
The availability of proper WASH facilities in local institutions such as schools and health institutions makes life easier for students and visitors of health services. In schools it decreases the number of absenteeism of girls during menstruation and decreases the risk of disease. In health institutions it enables health workers to keep an adequate hygienic status and protects vulnerable patients from the spread of infectious diseases. NEWAH has worked in more than 600 schools for construction of child, gender and disabled friendly toilets with proper menstrual hygiene management facilities and therefore improved the WASH status drastically.
NEWAH carries out numerous activities throughout the year. Research on the impact of our activities and the documentation of lessons learnt deliver important contributions to the WASH sector’s knowledge base. As there is lack of up-to-date information in the sector and many research gaps in the context of Nepal this work needs to be addressed and funded more effectively.