Open Defecation Free Gulariya Municipality by 2015

Country: Nepal
Locations: Bardiya district of Gulariya
Date: July 2014 - April 2016
Project Manager: Shirish Singh

In some rural areas of Nepal, people defecate in fields, rivers and other open spaces instead of using a toilet which can lead to diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea and worms. This happens either because they don't have access to a toilet or because they lack understanding about sanitation. We have implemented a project in Gulariya to ensure significant improvement in the lives of residents with better access to improved environmental sanitation. This includes increased coverage of sanitation facilities, enhanced capacity of local stakeholders, piloting innovative solutions in sanitation, and promoting inclusive planning and good governance.

We are working to promote improved sanitation with construction of toilets and other sanitation infrastructures by providing different training to local change agents on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). These trained volunteers are effectively engaged for community mobilisation focusing on improved sanitation, promoting "one house one toilet".  Apart from this, orientations on WASH are provided to community people and local stakeholders to raise awareness about the issue. Various awareness and behaviour change campaigns such as street drama shows, clean-up campaigns, door to door visits, sanitation exhibition in local fair, mass rallies, radio broadcasts, print media campaigns, musical campaigns and poster campaigns are conducted to raise awareness on WASH.

The Gulariya Municipality has already been declared as an Open Defecation Free (ODF) zone after the project intervention and construction and use of toilets in each and every household of the community.

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