Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) is a non-political and nonprofit national non-governmental organization (NGO) that specializes in safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) promotion. Established in 1992, it is affiliated with the Social Welfare Council (SWC) - the governing body of the NGO sector in Nepal - and is registered with the District Administration Office (DAO) Kathmandu. It has an executive committee comprising seven members that are elected every two years by its General Assembly. It currently operates through the two Provincial offices located in Sindhuli (Province No. 3) and Baglung (Province No. 4) Districts and maintains over 90 professional regular staffs.
NEWAH is committed to developing and strengthening WASH infrastructures in rural and municipal areas by working directly with the beneficiaries and the local government, building their capacities to take ownership of their development, and providing them opportunities for socio-economic empowerment. It collaborates actively with the Government at all levels and sectoral partners and develops projects and implements activities in the field. NEWAH is also regularly involved in awareness creation, research and advocacy to secure the needs of water and sanitation of the underserved population.
NEWAH ensures to make Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) a key priority across all its policy and implementation work. Although most of its work is carried out in rural areas, it is gradually trying to extend WASH services to the rapidly expanding peri-urban areas of the country. It continually strives towards contributing to the realization of the national Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets for water, sanitation and hygiene.
Improved quality of life of all Nepali people through water, sanitation and hygiene services.
Improve the living standard of the people in greatest need through equitable and sustainable access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene services.
To bring clean water to the doorstep of the people, provide extensive health and hygiene education, and promote sanitation in communities through collaborative development programs.
The specific objectives of NEWAH are as follows:
- Provide technical knowledge and financial support for the construction/improvement of WASH services directly or in collaboration with local government and other development partners
- Develop the capacity of individuals and institutions involved in the sector to manage WASH programs
- Engage in research and studies to enhance the sectoral knowledge and advocacy for policy reform
- Collaborate with government and other agencies to leverage equitable and sustainable access to WASH services
- Support the state’s policies and stakeholders’ programs to increase equitable and sustainable access to WASH services