Our Project ‘Pani Padhero’ was carried out in Kathmandu district of Province -3 also known as Bagmati Province. Within the capital city Kathmandu there are many slum residents who reside under precarious conditions in squatter settlements along the bank of Bagmati river. Among many high-risk communities to COVID-19 infection, Thapathali slum community is one of the heavily concentrated slum squatters of Kathmandu with each cluster having made up of 50 to 300 families living together. So, to increase the capacity of slum community of Thapathali in fighting against water-borne diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene and to instill healthy wash behavior among the targeted groups, project ‘Pani Padhero’ worked with 100 slum families of Thapathali by establishing two hand washing stations and provided awareness to the community members from these families targeting issues of lack of knowledge of proper sanitation and hygiene among slum communities.
In the first phase of the project ‘We’ were able to sensitize 50 families of Thapathali Slum Areas about growing communicable water borne diseases, proper WASH techniques, COVID-19 awareness/proper use of mask and sanitizers and the usage of hand washing stations to combat the rate of transmission.
In the second phase of the project ‘We’ were able to sensitize another 50 families of Thapathali Slum Areas about growing communicable water borne diseases, proper WASH techniques, COVID-19 awareness/proper use of mask and we were successfully able to install two hand-washing station to combat the rate of transmission of COVID-19 and other water borne diseases.
Project ‘Pani Padhero’ was successfully implemented with the support of Japan Water Forum and in collaboration with Thapathali Slum Association.
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