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Profile - Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH)

About us

Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) is a national level non-governmental organisation (NGO) that specialises in drinking water, health promotion and sanitation. Established in 1992, it has been working actively in partnership with local NGOs to serve poor communities secure basic services of water and sanitation, strengthening the capacity of these partners to undertake further development activities. It has an executive body comprising of 7 members and is affiliated with the Social Welfare council - the governing body of NGO sector in Nepal and is registered with the District Administration Office. NEWAH operates in selective districts of Nepal from the East to the Far West through its three regional offices located in three development regions (Eastern, Central and Mid Western region) of the country with the support of 87 professional regular staff.
Each year NEWAH supports around 60 community based self-help water supply, health promotion and sanitation projects. The community receives financial, technical and capacity building support from NEWAH. So far, NEWAH has worked in 51 districts of the country serving over one million people (estimated to be 3% of the national population) through 1,153 projects working in partnership with 465 local partners.
Social inclusion and equity is promoted all across NEWAH (both at programme and organisational level) by adopting an approach of Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI). Although most of its work is carried out in rural areas, it is gradually trying to extend the services for the rapidly expanding semi urban poor. NEWAH perceives itself as a 'Learning Organisation' and continues to increase its focus on innovative and low cost alternative technologies, approaches as well as learning around water and sanitation such as Fog Water Collection, Rain Water Harvesting,
Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS), SaniMart, Integrated Water Resource Management etc. to contribute in improving sector performance.

Vision

Improved Quality of Life (Socio-economic Status) of all Nepali people through Water, Health and Sanitation Services

Mission

NEWAH is committed to improve quality of life of Nepali people by contributing towards safe water, health and sanitation services to those in greatest need.

Objectives

Newah's objective is to bring substantial positive changes in the lives of Nepali people in the
greatest need (poor, marginalised, remote, conflict affected or in crisis) by: 

  • Providing technical and financial support in water, health and sanitation activities/services directly or through other non profit making agencies (NGOs, CBOs, other development partners)
  • Developing capacity of the individual and institutions in the sector to manage water, health and sanitation programmes
  • Engaging in research and studies to enhance sectoral knowledge base and involving in research based deliberations and advocacy for policy reforms
  • Collaborating with other agencies to leverage equitable and sustainable access to safe water, health and sanitation services
  • Supporting the state's policies and other stakeholders programs to increase equitable and sustainable access to safe water, health and sanitation services

Values and Principles

  • Poverty and gender sensitivity
  • Promotion of social inclusion and justice
  • Promotion of democratic values
  • Political neutrality
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Faith in people's capacity for positive change and community empowerment
 
 
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