Water and Sanitation for All: Updates from Nepal

Water and Sanitation for All: Updates from Nepal

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File photo – Russell Work (left) and Dale Cory (right) of the Oliver Rotary Club present a cheque to Laurena Rhebein and Dale Dodge of World Neighbours Canada. (Photo Vanessa Broadbent)

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The work of local activists who are taking on extreme poverty has been bearing fruit in Nepal for nearly 30 years. And they’ll be sharing a progress update in Oliver later this month.

World Neighbours Canada Society (WNCS) was formed in Oliver in the late 1980’s to help alleviate poverty and to improve lives of people in selected areas of the world.  We have worked in Nepal, in the region of Ramechhap, since 1990, with our partner NGO, Tamakoshi Sewa Sameti (TSS), and in that period, have facilitated the installation of over 200 water systems and over 20,000 toilets.

TSS works tirelessly to ensure that community members have access to potable drinking water and to technology to reduce open defecation. The ultimate goal is to ensure individuals can live healthier lives. In 2015, TSS and WNCS committed to working on a Global Affairs Canada funded project (2015-2020) to decrease child and maternal mortality. To this end, over the last 4 years, TSS has worked with communities to install over 4,000 latrines and 9 gravity-fed water system across the region.

TSS has also worked closely with the National Open Defecation Free (ODF) Zone campaign in Nepal and is proud to announce that Ramechhap is now an ODF zone, which literally means that every home in the region has a toilet.  This is a remarkable achievement for a region where, 20 years ago, only 20 per cent of homes had one.  The TSS/WNC partnership has made this happen.

The success of TSS’s work is largely due to their unique community development model, where community members are partners in the planning, implementation, and follow-up of the infrastructure development. Community members lead all elements of the program and TSS provides the facilitation and support to do so. Of course, like all development projects, the team also faces unique challenges that include geographical barriers, natural disasters, poverty, and limited human resources. Since TSS team members are all from the Ramechhap district, solutions are driven by local culture and understandings, and tend to be long lasting.

Two TSS representatives are visiting BC this month! Join us at a public event near you to hear firsthand the impact of water and sanitation on community health in Nepal:

  • Cawston BC March 24, 2019, 1 to 2:30 p.m. @ Cawston Community Hall
  • Oliver BC March 25, 2019 7 to 8:30 p.m. @ Christ the King Church
  • Vernon BC March 27, 2019 7 to 8:30 p.m. @ Heritage Hall Okanagan Science Centre
  • Vancouver BC March 30, 2019 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. @ HiVE Vancouver
  • Coquitlam BC March 30, 2019 4 to 4:45 p.m. @ Coquitlam City Centre Library

The Water User Committee in Bhandaripol.  Note that five of the nine members are women – quite appropriate as the women and girls carry 99 per cent of the water.

A new hygienic, sealed and odor free toilet in Dimiphokari.

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