Rotary's Own Charity/ NEWAH

Nepal Water for Health

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The Rotary Club of Elgin has been involved with many projects in Nepal where there is poor provision of sanitation and water and has, working with another organisation NEWAH, changed the lives of local communities in some of the most remote areas of this country.

Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) is a national level non-governmental organization (NGO) that specializes in drinking water, health promotion and sanitation. Established in 1992, it had worked actively in partnership with local NGOs. Since 2011 after the roll-out of National Sanitation and Hygiene Master Plan it has been working actively in partnership with local government to serve poor communities securing basic needs 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 District Administration Office Kathmandu.

Most importantly these projects also provide vital training to ensure that the projects are sustainable so that the benefits are there for future generations. These projects are funded through monies raised by the Club, from other Clubs in the District and match funding from The Rotary Foundation.  Members of the Elgin club are again visiting Nepal in February 2018 to revisit how the development work is progressing in that country after the devastating earthquake disaster.