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Monday, April 3, 2017

“Golden Jubilee of WASH Forum”
50th WASH Forum on theme “Wastewater”

Paschim Paaila in collaboration with Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) successfully conducted 50th series of WASH Forum during the month of March. This monthly forum, is held on every last Friday of English month, celebrated it’s Golden Jubilee on 31st March, 2017 at ENPHO Hall, Thapagaun, New-Baneshwor from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. The program was commenced with introduction of Paschim Paaila, concept and objectives of WASH Forum and participants at program. The main objective of WASH Forum is to provide the opportunity for social interaction and knowledge sharing on different environmental Health Issues with WASH and Disasters and to critically analyze the issues. Mr. Buddha Bajracharya, Executive Board Member of Paschim Paaila, welcomed resource persons and participants with a welcome note. March Series of forum was conducted with objectives to know about current status of wastewater in Kathmandu Valley and Nepal, to know about possible techniques for treatment and reuse of wastewater, to set light on role play of youth to overcome current situation and tackle this status.

Ms. Anita Bhuju, Assistant Network Coordinator at Paschim Paaila, facilitated the program. Mr. Bipin Dangol (Executive Director of ENPHO), Mr. Robert Dangol (Associate Professor and iWRM Program Coordinator at nec) and Ms. Isha Dhakal (Project Officer) resided as Resource person on Golden Jubilee of WASH Forum and shared knowledge based on the theme wastewater. This forum highlighted basically on wastewater, its status and linkage with SDGs, wastewater reuse on irrigation and water security, types of wastewater, its characterization and management and role of youth in reduction of wastewater and improved use of reuse of wastewater.

Collectively, forum was attended by 30 participants with 19 females and 11 males. The forum was interactive as many participants actively engaged in the discussion following the presentation carried on by resource persons. Participants outstretched few queries in relation to presented topics. Mr. Robert Dangol dealt with queries regarding impacts on health of using wastewater direct to agriculture. According to the review of feedback, the presentation and information and program as a whole on theme wastewater was useful to participants.

Friday, March 24, 2017

WASH Mela 2017: “Wastewater”
On the Occasion of World Water Day 2017
Paschim Paaila in collaboration with Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) organized WASH Mela on 22nd March, 2017 at Patan Durbar Square, Mangal Bazaar, Patan to celebrate World Water Day 2017. The main objective of WASH Mela was to aware people about waste water management, educate people about dealing water scarcity and demonstrate idea on urban and rural waste water management techniques. Also, the program held to sensitize general public on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and aware general public on World Water Day and share knowledge on slogan of World Water Day 2017, “wastewater”.

WASH Mela, the semi-formal program, started with welcoming of Chief Guest, Mr. Bhusan Tuladhar, Regional Technical Advisor South Asia at UN-Habitat and Guests, Mr. Bipin Dangol, Executive Director at ENPHO and Mr. Ekaram Maharjan, Senior Artist. Chief Guest and Guest inaugurated program formally by washing hands and pouring it into flower pot as symbolization of reuse of wastewater. Winner of Drawing Competition, held on 16th of March, 2017 on theme wastewater, was announced during formal program and prizes were distributed. Kushal Dhakal and Roshani Matang were first and third position holder respectively, from Everest English School. David Prajapati from Vidhya Bikash Secondary Boarding School held second postion from drawing competition. Prize was handed over to David Prajapati’s mother on behalf of him and prize of Kushal Dhakal and Roshani Matang was handed to representative since students were unable to be present at program due to their final examination.

More than five hundred people visited WASH Mela. Visitors were sensitized through drama show that spread information on rainwater harvesting, reuse of wastewater and status and reason of pollution in Bagmati River. Flash Mob, drama and games worked as mass attracting tool. Informative games provided information as well as fun to public. Face painting at WASH Mela also helped share information about WASH through paints in face and hands. Apart from stalls of organizer, SmartPaani also had its stall which shared knowledge on rainwater harvesting and filters produced by them.

People were sensitized exhibition of drawings and photo exhibition. Visitor groups included from young to old people, general public, school and college students and professional. WASH Mela was successfully conducted from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm that marked World Water Day 2017.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Youth WASH Concern Workshop: XI Series

Youth WASH Concern Workshop is an empowerment and capacity building program for youth on WASH, organized jointly by Paschim Paaila and ENPHO. Youth WASH Concern Workshop is regular event of Paschim Paaila organized every year. Youth WASH Concern Workshop XI series was successfully conducted from 10th February to 12th February, 2017 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm at Seminar Hall of Nobel College. The main objective of workshop is to enhance the capacity and knowledge on WASH, to empower youths on WASH initiatives as social issues to motivate youths as Youth WASH ambassador and to sensitize youth on importance of WASH to create environmentally healthy community.

Participants making action plan
This three day workshop was conducted with presence of total 24 participants. Participants were selected from various institution and educational background on the basis of their application. Online application was opened 15 days prior to workshop. Workshop was facilitated by Paschim Paaila team and, 7 resource persons from different organizations took sessions on varied topics of WASH. Sessions of workshop basically focused on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), disaster, behavior change, SDGs, wastewater and its management and motivation for youth all linked with WASH.

Presentations from resource persons who were young yet experienced professionals in the sector of WASH and group activities grabbed interest of participants. Participatory approach on workshop made workshop even more productive. Creativity of participants was explored during group work and activities in workshop.  Participants reviewed their knowledge during group work by dance, song, drama and presentation on different topics based on sessions taken during workshop. Each group made their action plan which will be implemented in coming days marked successful completion of three day workshop.