Where we work

We focus on the disadvantaged Dalit groups, the lowest caste in the Sunsari district. This minority group’s infant mortality rate is higher than the national average. Drinking water supply is very limited and there is a lack of knowledge about hygiene. In rural Nepal, 38% of people practice open defecation, three times the global average. We began working in Nepal in 2016 through our local partner Karuna Foundation. Our Bangladesh office manages the programme and provides technical assistance.

What we do

Combining our knowledge and resources with local experience, we help Nepali communities achieve a healthier future. This is despite the challenges that COVID-19 has brought, impacting our work and the communities we serve. To enable long-lasting behaviour change, we raise awareness of the benefits of improved sanitation, hygiene, safe drinking water and healthy mothers and children. We develop leadership within the communities and invite local people to take initiative for healthier and more prosperous villages. This programme, adapted to the partner’s experience and local context, wove livelihoods and empowerment into awareness building efforts.

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Engagement and advocacy

We also involve the local government for long-lasting results. Duhabi Municipality has appointed six Community Health Volunteers to conduct regular growth monitoring and feed that data into the national health system, which will be used for planning on nutrition and child health interventions.

 

Our partners

Karuna Foundation, FEMI