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Celebrating Nepal

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Celebrating Nepal

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Nepal's sanitation & hygiene heroes

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I supported the ODF campaign by offering to cover the complete cost (in kind) of toilet construction of three houses.  Additionally, I gave bricks worth NRS 2.5 million for toilet construction, of which I was not able to recover NRS 1 million. Despite losses, these did not make me unhappy. I understand that the poorest households are not able to pay back.


Dhanik Lal Shah, Brick Clinic Owner, Surunga Municipality, Ward-7 (Testimony from the terai)

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I initially had misgivings about achieving ODF status without government subsidies. But with perseverance, constant community feedback, implementing district sanitation and hygiene plan, and BCC (campaigns) that communicated the importance of sanitation using religious and cultural traditions, 52 wards became ODF. Shortly after, the entire district of Siraha in Province 2 became ODF; and 15 communities have now achieved towards total sanitation status. On 30 September we’re celebrating countrywide sanitation achievements. All these make me proud. Happy Sanitation!


Raj De Yadav, Chairperson of the  Nepal Red Cross District Chapter,  Siraha (Testimony from the terai)

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The links between sanitation and health are obvious: 80-90% of all illnesses in the district were being caused by open defecation. Women and children were the most vulnerable. Due to the urgency of this topic, I decided to participate in the sanitation campaign, One Home, One Toilet. I mainly mobilised women’s support for the sanitation cause during women’s meetings. I did this, non-stop, for 6 months. I am deeply happy about the success of this initiative. A success that has been achieved thanks to the support and engagement of all stakeholders. SNV Nepal and its implementing partner JJYC Bara helped achieve ODF in a timely manner.

Babita Jaiswal, Chair of the Women’s Network & Member of District Water Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Committee (D-WASHCC), Bara district (Testimony from the terai)

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Achieving ODF is the first step in ensuring that the district and the country are kept clean, and its populations, healthy. If a district is not declared ODF we become unhealthy. This is what I tried to make the district people aware of. At the end of the campaign, we supported those who could not make a toilet. Various government agencies and I visited all rural municipalities and coordinated with local governments to achieve ODF. There were days when we worked without food and late in the night. We felt that even though we had been lagging behind (in the sanitation campaign as compared with other districts), we could get in the lead. And so, we were able to make the whole district ODF.  

Nawalkisor Singh, Chair of D-WASHCC, Bara district (Testimony from the terai)

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SNV's key donor partners that have contributed to the Government of Nepal's sanitation campaign. 

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A pledge to higher levels of sanitation

WASH Nepal stakeholders all agree that the scope of sanitation goes beyond a focus on open defecation. Together we're embarking on the long road towards:
  • 'Total Sanitation';
  • meeting SDG targets of safely managed sanitation;
  • leaving no one behind; and
  • enhancing resilience. 
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