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Monday, August 7, 2017

8th Annual Sharing of Paschim Paaila



Paschim Paaila, on the occasion of its 8th Anniversary, conducted 8th Annual Sharing Program on 6 August, 2017 at ENPHO Hall from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Altogether 76 participants attended the program including guests, executive members, former active paailas and member of Paschim Paaila. Mr. Bipin Dangol, Executive director of ENPHO, Mr. Bhushan Tuladahr, Regional Technical Advisor South Asia at UN-HABITAT, Mr. Murali Gopal Ranjitkar, HoD(Research and Development) at National Open College, Ms. Biju Dangol, Team Leader at Oxfam, Mr. Manjeet Dhakal, Climate Analytics and Mr. Giri Raj Khatri, Past President of Paschim Paaila were guests and Ms. Sasmita Poudel, Treasurer and Acting President of Paschim Paaila was Chairperson for the program.

Program formally started with National Anthem and Badge distribution to guests. Inauguration of the program was done by preparing and drinking ORS (Oral Rehydration Salt)/ Jeevan Jal. The program was hosted by Ms. Sabuna Gamal, Executive Board member and Ms. Urmila Lama, Executive Board member, welcomed all guests and participants with welcome speech. Guests for 8th Annual Sharing Program launched and disseminated 8th Annual Report 2016-2017 of Paschim Paaila. Ms. Kamala KC, Past Executive Board Member, presented brief history and governance mechanism of Paschim Paaila followed by sharing of FY 2016/17 by Ms. Anita Bhuju, Network Coordinator.

During the program, guests shared notes of congratulations and growth of Paschim Paaila. They expressed gladness for maintaining formality even being an informal network and motivated youth mass present in the program.





 
Active paailas involved in awareness raising activities were appreciated with certificate during the program. Apart from appreciating active Paaila, innovative, creative and committed members were appreciated with an award of Paaila of the year. Ms. Pramila Timalsina was Paaila of the Year whereas Mr. Aashish Maharjan and Ms. Merina Rana Magar was 1st and 2nd Runner Paaila for the year 2016/17. Ms. Sasmita Poudel formally closed program following cake cutting ceremony and lunch. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

8th Anniversary Celebration of Paschim Paaila

Paschim Paaila, an informal youth network celebrated its 8th anniversary amidst a celebration program organized on 17 July 2017 at Patan Durbar Square, Lalitpur. The executive board members, former president and general members of Paschim Paaila including ENPHO staff members and locals, actively joined the celebration program. More than 300 participants attended the program. The program was organized to raise awareness among general public about epidemic in Nepal.

The flash mob and drama performed by the Paschim Paaila volunteers gathered the public attention. The drama which provided information about the causes of cholera was well observed by the public. The participants then also joined the diyo lightening program which was conducted in memory of those who lost their lives in epidemic.

Ms. Rosy Singh, Resource Center Manager read out the note of congratulations from Executive Director of ENPHO Mr. Bipin Dangol who could not attend the program this time. The note mentioned “Paschim Paaila is close to my heart and my thoughts, best wishes and solidarity are always with Paschim Paaila- the youth movement in making “Epidemic Free Nepal”. I sincerely thank and congratulate Paschim Paaila team for their sincerity, commitments, dynamism and contributions to the sector.” Furthermore, Mr. Dangol also highlighted on the message to upscale the services and reach the unreached and highly vulnerable communities through the formulation of appropriate strategies and plan.    

Ms. Kamala K.C., Executive Board Member of Paschim Paaila congratulated the team and appreciated the effort of all Paailas (volunteers) continued from 2009 till date and wished for further success in coming days to make epidemic free Nepal. Celebration ended sharing words of congratulations with each other.

Paschim Paaila is an informal youth network striving towards creating epidemic free Nepal since 2009. The youth volunteers are actively engaged and dedicated to prepare, respond and mitigate disasters and epidemic through education, awareness campaigns, research and advocacy on water, sanitation and hygiene.

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

WASH Forum on “Trend of Urbanization and Its Impact on Environment in Kathmandu Valley”

Paschim Paaila in collaboration with Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) successfully conducted 52nd series of WASH Forum during the month of June on topic “Trend of Urbanization and Its Impact on Environment in Kathmandu Valley” for time period from 2 pm - 4:00 pm at ENPHO hall, New Baneshwor. The program was commenced with introduction of WASH forum, Paschim Paaila, resource person and  praticipants at program. June series of forum was facilitated by Mr. Aashish Maharjan, Working Circle member of Paschim Paaila. Mr. Ramji Bogati, Program Director at Community Support Association of Nepal (COSAN) resided as Resource Person for this forum.

This Forum was conducted with the main objective to highlight the current issue in sector of WASH due to Urbanization and to encourage youths for their involvement toward uplifting WASH Status. Presentation on forum focused on urbanization trend in global, national and Kathmandu valley, WASH status in Kathmandu Valley, major issues and impact of urbanization in WASH, some initiatives, role of open and green space in WASH and further activities to be carried out.


Collectively the forum was attended by 26 participants. The forum was interactive as many participants actively engaged in the discussion following the presentation carried on by Mr. Ramji Bogati. Participants outstretched few queries in relation to presented topic which was addressed by Resource Person.  WASH Forum is a monthly program held on last Friday of every English Month. Further information on forthcoming WASH Forum will be shared via Facebook of Paschim Paaila.

Monday, June 12, 2017

WASH Forum on "Menstruation, Education and Change

Paschim Paaila in collaboration with ENPHO successfully completed 51st series of WASH Forum entitled “Education, Menstruation and Change” on 26 May, 2017 at ENPHO Hall, New Baneshwor. The program commenced with the introduction of Paschim Paaila, concepts and objectives of WASH forum and an introduction of the program attendees. Ms. Anita Bhuju, Network Coordinator at Paschim Paaila, facilitated the program. Ms. Pema Lhaki, Executive Director at Nepal Fertility Care Centre (NFCC) resided as resource persons for the forum. The Forum highlighted on current condition of menstruation in Nepal, reality based practices, and universal truth about menstruation. Furthermore, Ms. Lhaki added ‘menstruation is the basic discrimination on gender and women violence’ and role of youth to minimize the discrimination due to menstruation.

WASH Forum is a monthly program held on last Friday of every English Month. To coincide the Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017, this series forum was directed towards menstrual hygiene management issues. The theme of Menstrual Hygiene day of this year was ‘Education about menstruation changes everything’. The main objectives of WASH Forum has always been to provide an opportunity for social interaction and knowledge sharing on different environmental and health issues in relation to WASH and disasters and to critically analyze the role of the youth in correlation with aforementioned issues.

Collectively, forum was attended by 15 participants (12 females and 3 males). The Forum was interactive with participants actively engaged in the discussion following the presentation by the resource person. Participants avidly put forward their queries in relation to presented topic.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Youth WASH Concern Workshop-XII Series, 2017



Youth WASH Concern Workshop-XII Series, 2017

Paschim Paaila, a youth network, and Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) have been jointly organizing Youth WASH Concern Workshop with a motive to empower youth on WASH and enhance their capacity to serve in the sector of WASH. On May 6th and 7th, 2017 Youth WASH Concern Workshop XII Series was successfully conducted which is regular workshop program of Paschim Paaila. This program was held on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. The main objective of workshop is to enhance the capacity and knowledge on basic 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.

A total of 24 Youth participants from diverse educational background and different institution gathered at ENPHO Hall for this workshop. Youths with educational background of environmental science, public health, social work, agriculture, forestry and microbiology participated in this two day workshop. Workshop was facilitated by Paschim Paaila team and, 3 resource persons, also initiator and senior paailas took sessions on varied topics of WASH. Sessions of workshop focused on basic level information on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Sharing from senior Paailas and initiator motivated youths to step forward in their life.

Workshop included presentations from resource person and involvement of participants in group activities. Active participation made workshop even more interesting and fruitful. 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 with different approach of presentation that would be useful in practical and field level to sensitize community people and layman. On second day of workshop, participants were given task to make their action plan for different activities based on two day workshop which will be implemented with initiation of participants.

Monday, April 3, 2017

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

“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”



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.