Nepal Sanitation

A village based sanitation program

For 20 years the villagers of Bhattedande, trying to improve the sanitation in their village and their living standards, had experienced raised hopes and then disappointment from broken promises – by Government agencies, NGOs and others who said they would provide programs but delivered nothing.

After TT established a dental program in the school and improved the sanitation there, the village sanitation program in Bhattedande was developed in partnership with the village development committee, Community Health Development Society Nepal (CHDS), Paul Pholeros from Healthabitat, and Rotary Australia (Rotary Club of Dee Why Warringah and RAWCS).

The toilet systems are either septic or biogas systems, one per household.  A biogas system is installed where the house has enough land to accommodate the underground gas digester dome, and the owner has at least one large animal such as a cow or buffalo to help generate the minimum 25-30 kg waste required to produce 2 hours of cooking gas in the house.  If not then a 2-chamber septic treatment system is installed.

Each toilet building is equipped with a 500 litre rainwater collection tank to enable rainwater harvesting in the monsoon times, and to improve water storage in the drier months.

Householders receive training in the management and maintenance of the systems, and local teams are trained to inspect and monitor the functioning of  the units.  Formal education sessions are provided on hand washing and hygiene, and toothbrushing.

All the work is managed and done by local village teams and the program has now been completed in two more villages, Arubot and Dandagaun.

Examples of the sanitation reports provided to donors:

Nepal Sanitation Gallery

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First world problem.... flight departure delayed while engineers fix the plane’s blocked toilet.... the day after World Toilet Day.
Update...toilet not fixable, replacement aircraft organised. First world solution.

World Toilet Day 2019. TT in 2007, the beginning of matching dental programs in Nepal with improved access to clean water and toilets. Still the work continues.

TT celebrates 20 years of working with Bishnu, project manager in Nepal. The first few years our dental programs, then adding sanitation with PP/HH, then adding earthquake reconstruction. We salute this hard working, passionate and compassionate local champion. Many thanks Bishnu Ji, dherai dherai dhanyabad mero sathi. Namaskar! ...