Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
UEMS has been supporting to increase access to safe drinking water through the construction and rehabilitation of traditional water schemes or construction of new water supply systems and water points along with implementation of water safety plans. This FY 9,032 people have benefitted from the construction and rehabilitation of water points and 8,982 people have been benefited from sanitation while 9,955 from hygiene promotion sessions.
Solid waste management
UEMS continued to promote household based solid waste management in Lalitpur Metropolitan City through Sa:Pucha. This year, UEMS distributed 300 compost bins to the community for the proper management of household level waste along with the solid waste management training. Waste segregation baskets were also provided with the support of Lalitpur Metropolitan City.
Climate change adaption and disaster risk management
With the vision to make people and communities capable of adapting in the disaster risk situation, UEMS started integrating Disaster Risk Reduction in its project after the mega earthquake in April 2015. UEMS has also been engaged in distributing relief materials to 450 flood affected people in Siraha and Bara districts of Nepal and has disinfected 1900 tubewells drowned by the 2016 flood in Siraha District.
UEMS has been incorporating health and hygiene as an integral part in water and sanitation program. UEMS is focusing on Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Menstrual Hygiene as well. A total of 26 people have benefitted from MCH and Menstrual Hygiene.
UEMS focused on working to identify vulnerable children and take necessary measures to curb risk depending upon the nature of risk. UEMS has taken an initiative for eradication of child labour from brick kilns and protect vulnerable children by conducting various programs thereby supporting school going children and early childhood development supports.
Livelihoods remained as an integral part of various projects of UEMS. The rooftop and kitchen/terrace gardening has been included in the composting project thereby promoting use of healthy organic food as well as reducing the expenses. The excess composts produced have been marketed which supports the women towards income from waste. Terrace kitchen gardening is included in water supply system development using excess/waste water.
UEMS has organized various capacity building activities on WASH in the communities to capacitate them. UEMS have carried out several trainings on water and sanitation, conducted hygiene promotion sessions, maternal and child health, waste management, operation and maintenance trainings, care taker trainings, water quality test trainings etc. benefitting 2,311 people. Community capacity is enhanced in disaster risk management and livelihood improvement as well. Similarly, UEMS was also engaged in capacity building of brick kiln entrepreneurs for managing labour and running brick kiln free of child labour.
Lobby and advocacy
UEMS advocacy has supported to maximize the positive results to rolling out local voices at national level. By advancing women and children friendly water and sanitation schemes, child labor free brick kilns, proper waste management accessible water and sanitation, conservation of traditional water sources and resilient livelihoods helped the government to ensure the local governance prioritizes local level issues. UEMS has been regularly engaged to influence policy making and implementation of the existing policies relating to child health, water and sanitation, hygiene, empowerment, disaster risk reduction and resilient livelihood.