GUTHI, understanding the need to meet the water demand, initiated mission to assess the situation and developed the Emergency Rain Project in partnership with International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA). The project has been supported by the Republic and State of Geneva and the City of Geneva.The main objective of this initiative is to ensure safe Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) through the regular supply of water and improved sanitation services.
The project covers two sites: Viswa Niketan Higher Secondary School located at Tripureshwor, Kathmandu and Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp located at Liwali, Bhaktpur; both the communities are in high demand of water.
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When the world is marching towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal through universal access to water, hygiene and sanitation along with women empowerment, it is very crucial to recognize the interlink of water accessibility and gender employment. And considering the progress till now, this goal seems like unachievable since gender, water and job are viewed as estranged issue rather than the integrated one.Read more: No one’s Business is a women Responsibility
Established in 2003 B. S., Viswa Niketan Higher Secondary School (VNHSS) comprises of mostly old structures including buildings and toilets. The earthquake of 2015 completely destroyed the main school building. Besides, the toilets were poorly maintained. Being a public school, VNHSS did not have enough funds for new constructions and maintenance. Therefore, students and staffs were compelled to use the old toilets.Read more: Restoring sanitation
Sanitation is directly associated with health and life style of people. Access to sanitation is considered as one of the basic rights of human. However, statistics of Water Aid shows only 27% of the total population in Nepal has access to sanitation. According to the report of UNICEF, 40 children die of diarrhea and water borne diseases every day because of unhygienic habits, inadequate facilities and lack of awareness.Read more: Sanitation and hygiene for better education
Lack of access to drinking water women in Liwali IDP Camp face hardships in their daily lives
Water scarcity is no new problem to the valley denizens. Every now and then, they struggle to fetch water staying in a long queue or walking long distance. Water woes are even subtle for people who are living in temporary shelters after the 2015 massive earthquake.Read more: Hitch to fetch water
With the beginning of Earthquake Response Phase, GUTHI in partnership with International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) and with the support from Republic and State of Geneva initiated Emergency Rain Project. The project is supporting Viswa Niketan Higher Secondary School (VNHSS) and Liwali IDP Camp, build resilience in terms of water and sanitation. Among the two project sites, the project instigated the formation of Rain Club at Viswa Niketan Higher Secondary School. The club consists of 12 students including a teacher as their mentor. The objective of the club is to monitor the maintenance of sanitation and hygiene in the school. Besides, the club also works on promotion of WASH status of the school.Read more: Sanitation and hygiene is our concerns