ENPHO RC is involved in various advocacy efforts on pertinent WASH issues via dynamic campaigns, dramas, wall paintings, mass orientations, WASH Forums, research, information dissemination and exhibitions. ENPHO avidly celebrated various internationally and nationally recognized days of environmental significance including World Water Day, Global Hand Washing Day, World Toilet Day, World Environment Day, National Sanitation Action Week, etc. Below are the specifics for the year fiscal year 2015-2016.
ENPHO Paschim Paaila Youth Network
ENPHO provides the secretariat and apt assistance when required for Paschim Paaila, an informal youth network striving for an epidemic free Nepal. Paschim Paaila’s involvement is significant in ENPHO’s advocacy work. Below are the highlights of Paschim Paaila’s efforts.
- Campaign Events: Deusi Vailo, Candle Lighting, WASH Leadership Hiking, School WASH Campaign, WASH Campaign, Water Quality Testing, Documentary Show and Street Drama. These campaigns involved over 200 volunteers and benefited over 6000 individuals.
- WASH Forum: Paschim Paaila conducted six WASH Forum events pertaining to WASH related issues linked with emergency response, water supply functionality, ground water issues, menstrual hygiene and water quality assessments. Collectively, over 200 youths participated in the forums.
- Youth WASH Concern Workshop: The workshop held between February 27 and 28, 2016, featured Mr. Rajendra Shretha and Mr. Buddha Bajracharya from ENPHO, Mr. Phurba Sange Moktan (UN-Habitat), Ms. Kamala K.C. (ACF), Mr. Rajesh Shrestha (UNICEF), and Mr. Saunak Bhatta (We Inspire Nepal). Collectively 27 youths participated during the event.
ENPHO Annual Celebrations
As per ENPHO’s commitments towards meaningfully celebrating internationally and nationally recognized days of environmental significance, ENPHO conducted various activities. Below are the highlights of such celebrations.
- Global Hand Washing Day (15 October, 2015): Over 500 individuals benefited from the event organized by ENPHO.
- World Toilet Day (19 November, 2015): A program was held in Bhaktapur Durbar Square and benefited over 500 individuals.
- World Water Day (22 March, 2016): Awareness campaign regarding proper hygiene was conducted at various street vendor stations throughout the Kathmandu Valley.
- Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May, 2016): An in-house sanitary pad wearing experience for ENPHO’s male staff members and a collective menstruation related sharing event was held at ENPHO Office. Male staff members reported to have been further sensitize regarding menstrual issues. Additionally, a youth survey spanning 101 females and 79 males was conducted which revealed that none of the male participants and 91% of female participants were unaware of Menstrual Hygiene Day.
- World Environment Day and National Sanitation Action Week (5-11 June, 2016): A water quality assessment of Manahora River was conducted revealing a general trend of decreasing water quality when moving away from the source of the river. This tread prompts further research.
ENPHO avidly participated in various exhibitions events for apt information dissemination. Below are the highlights of ENPHO’s participation in exhibitions.
- Earthquake Resistant Home for Reconstruction, Kirtipur, 23-24 January, 2016
- Asia Pacific Peace and Development Alliance Exhibition, Local Development Training Center, Lalitpur, 23-24 April, 2016
- World Environment Day Exhibition, Kathamandu University, Dhulikhel, 4-5 June, 2016
ENPHO Cholera Outbreak Response
Immediately after receiving news of a cholera incidence in Bafal (Kathmandu-13), ENPHO mobilized Paschim Paaila volunteers and provided technical assistance for immediate containment efforts in coordination with DPHO-Kathmandu, UNICEF, EDCD, John Hopkins University and GTA, during the second week of July. Initially, 10 Paschim Paaila volunteers were mobilized for an awareness campaign on 8 July, 2016, to disseminate information regarding appropriate WASH practices, preventive measures for water borne diseases, water treatment options, via the Information Education Communication materials developed by ENPHO, in 50 of the households that were at relatively high risk and proximal to the cholera incident. Furthermore, the volunteers collected water source information, data regarding the types of water treatment options currently utilized in the area, and tested the water quality status via Presence/Absence vials for coliform and Free Residual Chlorine tests. Additionally, volunteers distributed Piyush and Piyush Plus, after demonstrating their proper usage.