Nepal - Piloting school-led water supply and gender sensitive sanitation in Kapilvastu

Updated - Monday 30 October 2006

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is implementing a US$ 50,000 (EUR 41,400) pilot and demonstration activity to pilot test school-led gender sensitive sanitation and hygiene practices in Kapilvastu District through School Management Committees. Kapilvastu is one of the districts covered by the bank’s Community Based Water Supply and Sanitation (CBWSS) project in Nepal. Its sanitation situation is poor - only 11.6% of the population has latrines in their households (lower than the national average of 33%) and the majority of schools lack water and sanitation facilities, resulting in low enrolment of girls and high student absentee rates due to frequent illnesses. Knowledge and practice of personal hygiene among both children and adults in this district is also poor, for example, only 14% wash their hands with soap after defecation.

Expected outcomes include: at least 10 schools with safe sanitation and drinking water facilities; at least 3,000 students in 10 schools with improved hygiene and sanitation behaviour; students' awareness of risks due to unsafe water and inadequate sanitation; and extension of safe sanitation and hygiene practices to students' families and community.

The Inception Report has now been published.

- Download:
Inception-Report-Kapilvastu.pdf (1.2 MB)


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