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NEWAH is one of the country's leading NGO in the water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion (WASH) sector. Established in 1992, NEWAH is dedicated to helping poor, underserved communities obtain access to WASH facilities irrespective of gender, caste, class, and belief. Its vision is that of a prosperous and harmonious Nepal where every citizen is able to realize their right to safe drinking water, basic hygiene, and sanitation. In the past 28 years, it has served about 2.2 million people through 2,463 projects (by July 2020) ranging from safe and affordable drinking water supply to community-led total sanitation (CLTS), health and nutrition, menstrual hygiene management, 3R (recharge, retention, and re-use of groundwater and rainwater), climate change adaptation, and disaster response and rehabilitation.

Apart from implementing WASH related projects, NEWAH is also actively involved in research, awareness, and advocacy to secure people's right to WASH. It has strongly adhered to the principle of inclusion and equality at both management and operational level. Its outstanding work in the sector has been recognized with numerous awards and accolades including the 2001 Environmental Prize from the Ministry of Population and Environment and the 2013 Stars Impact Award from Stars Foundation UK. It’s vision, mission, goal, and objective are as follows:

Vision:

·        NEWAH envisions of a prosperous and healthy Nepal where every citizen is entitled an improved quality of life and are also able to access their right to improved and safe drinking water, sanitation, hygiene and health.

 

Mission:

·   To improve the living standard of the people in the greatest need through equitable and sustainable access to safe drinking water and encourage behavioral changes in sanitation and hygiene in Nepal.

 

Goal:

·         To ensure all communities have access to improved and safe water, provide hygiene and health education and promote total sanitation through collaborative projects.

 

 

Objectives:

- Provide technical and financial support to assist the development and improvement of WASH services in the unserved areas of the country.

 

- Enhance capacity of individuals and institutions involved in WASH sector to manage sustainable WASH system.

 

- Engage in research and development to enrich sectoral knowledge base and promote innovations in WASH sector.

 

- Collaborate and coordinate with governmental, non-governmental and private sector stakeholders to leverage equitable and sustainable access to improved WASH services; and to advocate for policy reforms aimed at the sustainable and inclusive pro-poor WASH governance.