Q. Who is NEWAH, and what do they do?

Established in 1992, Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) is a non-political, nonprofit, national-level non-governmental organization affiliated to the Social Welfare Council. NEWAH was established with a vision of improving the quality of life of all Nepali people through increasing access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. NEWAH supports local communities to implement integrated WASH projects following gender and socially inclusive approach. NEWAH’s core focus areas include WASH service delivery, capacity building and advocating for good governance in WASH. Please see About Us for more information.


Q. Where is NEWAH located?

NEWAH's headquarters is located in Lohasal, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal. There are currently two provincial offices, one each in Sindhuli District (Province No. 3) and Baglung District (Province No. 4).  


Q. Where does NEWAH work?

NEWAH focuses its support to the poor, excluded and marginalized groups in the rural areas across the country. Currently, NEWAH works in selected Municipalities/Rural Municipalities of Baglung and Sindhuli Districts through the provincial offices with policy guidance and facilitation from its Headquarters based in Kathmandu.


Q. Why does NEWAH work in the WASH sector?

785 million people across the globe still do not have access to safe drinking water. Even worse, two billion people lack access to basic sanitation and 673 million people still practice open defecation. Living without these essential services negatively affects health, education, dignity, and means of living, especially of the poor, excluded, voiceless, women, children, elderly and disabled. This is particularly true for the rural areas of Nepal, where there is still a large populace without access to these services. Find out more about The Need for water, sanitation and hygiene programs in Nepal.


Q. Does NEWAH carry out work with government organizations?

NEWAH works in close coordination with government organizations including the Municipality/Rural Municipality, District Development Committee (DDC), Department of Water Supply and Sanitation Division Office (DWSSDO), District Education Office (DEO) and District Public Health Office (DPHO). NEWAH is a member of the Sector Stakeholders Group, Steering Committee for National Sanitation Action, the District Water Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Committee (D-WASH CC) and the Regional Water Sanitation and Hygiene Coordination Committee (R-WASH CC).


Q. Does NEWAH offer financial assistance or grants?

NEWAH offers financial and technical assistance to implement the integrated water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion projects in rural communities. Such support is offered only after the fulfillment of the selection and appraisal criteria and policy guidelines. NEWAH does not provide any financial assistance or grants to individuals.


Q. Who supports NEWAH?

NEWAH currently receives funding support from charity: water, a US-based is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 that provides drinking water to people in developing nations. In the past, NEWAH has received support from a number of other donors including WaterAid, AusAID, Simavi, Plan Nepal, Rain Foundation, Save the Children/USAID and several individual donors. More information can be found on the Our Partners page.


Q. What are the NEWAH’s achievements to date?

Since its establishment in 1992, NEWAH has been able to support over two million people across the country to access drinking water sanitation and hygiene services through 2,412 projects (as of July 2019). As a key member of several national-level committees, NEWAH has also contributed to sector policy influencing and improvement through sharing its learning gained from good practices. Find out more about NEWAH's Achievements.


Q. Can I use the NEWAH name and logo to raise awareness of your work?

NEWAH’s name and logo can be used for increasing awareness about water, sanitation and hygiene issues. However, before using NEWAH's name and logo, please seek approval from NEWAH by contacting us.


Q. How do I get permission to reprint NEWAH stories, reports, or videos?

Interested users can reprint and use NEWAH’s resources for social causes only. However they must be rightly acknowledged. They may not be copied or reproduced. For more information, please contact NEWAH.


Q. How can I work for NEWAH?

Job opportunities can be found on our Career page.


Q. How can I support NEWAH?

Sponsor a Project

NEWAH is only able to carry on the good work through the generosity of individuals and institutions like you. Sponsoring a whole project is a great way to provide safe drinking water and sanitation services for an entire community, village, health center or school. By supporting NEWAH, you will become part of a solution that reaches the underserved population, faster and reliably.

Each $ you donate will create $6.6 in impact. Take your time to donate today.


Corporate Social Responsibility

Your company can be a part of the ongoing effort to provide safe drinking water and sanitation services to all Nepali people by supporting NEWAH as part of your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. Any form of support is of great help, be it financial or in-kind. NEWAH will be happy to explore ways with you to on how to achieve this.

For more information, please visit the Get Involved page.