NEWAH mostly works in rural areas of Nepal. The main part of our work is to carry out community projects to provide access to safe water to people in need. However, besides community projects, we also carry out projects in local institutions such as health facilities and schools to improve the WASH status there. Additionally, NEWAH regularly carries out research to expand the sectorial knowledge and optimize working approaches.
i. Community WASH projects
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.
ii. WASH in local institutions
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.
iii. Research activities
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.