MTOT on Water Safety Plan
UNICEF Nepal is currently implementing its country Progrmame Action Plan (CPAP) 2013 – 2017 in collaboration with the Government of Nepal and Civil Society Organizations to contribute to the national goal of water and sanitation for all by 2017. While UNICEF focuses its direct programme interventions in 15 priority districts of Nepal, support is also provided to other districts which are off-track in the water and sanitation target including the eight Terai districts which are far behind the national coverage. The progrmame aims to work at three levels: 1) Policy support for sector harmonization and coherence; 2) System strengthening for increased water supply and sanitation coverage at the household and institutional level including schools and improved functionality and sustainability of water supply services with the introduction of water safety planning at the scheme/community level and; 3) Addressing social norms to ensure improved hygiene behavior including hand washing with soap at critical times.
Federation of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users Nepal (FEDWASUN) also has been working in order to ensure the water supply services meet the water quality standards and are fully functional to cater to users need as recommended by the second WASH JSR, with partnership UNICEF in eight districts including Panchthar, Dang, Salyan, Doti, Bajhang, Dadeldhura, Jumla and Bajura. One of the outputs of this partnership is "At least 100 water supply schemes in program districts have water safety plan developed and are fully functional moving from the status of “minor repair” to “fully functional” with improved quality of water supply benefitting 300,000 populations (male 145,500 and female 154,500 and children 135,000)." On the basis of this output, 100 water supply schemes in program districts will develop water safety plan during the project period.
So in order to enhance the capacity of the users to develop Water Safety Plans for improving the water quality, a National ToT had conducted to develop Trainers to provide technical support and assistance to the users on WSP at local level in different program districts.
The objectives of this training are as follows:
- To make common understanding about WSP among programme staffs and the user groups,
- To provide theoretical and practical knowledge on steps of water safety planning and process at the community and scheme level,
- To enhance the capacity of the UNICEF and WSSDO staff, district staff of FEDWASUN and district chapter members of programme districts on WSP so that they can facilitate users for WSP preparation and execution.
- 5 days residential training was conducted in Bardiya Tiger Resort P. Ltd., Thakurdwara, Bardiya
- Theoretical classes were conducted in earlier 2 days by different experts in water safety plan as well as related issues
- One day field visit to Chepang Village to observe the water schemes from sources to household level i.e. consumers level.
- Group-wise discussion and presentation about the observations of field of Chepang Village water schemes
- Practical section on water quality test was conducted with help of water quality test kit and PA viles
- Different sessions on climate change, GESI and other related issues were conducted
- Participants achieved knowledge for supporting the WSUCs in preparation of WSP in the schemes
- Participants were acknowledged the components of GESI and CCA/DRR for advocacy on these issues at district and VDC level.
- Experiences sharing of with different organization about water safety plan other activities related to water functionality and safety
- Participants learned details about water safety plan with observing the water schemes at field level
- Good cooperation with different organization working in the field of water safety plan and WASH
- Need to add functionality and business plan to link with WSP for basic concepts
- More applicable if chose WSP implemented water schemes to field observation
- Nice sharing of experiences and ideas of different organization and individual as well as community in terms of water safety and functionality
6. Participants: A total of 45(7 female and 38 male) people were participated in the National ToT including the participants from UNICEF Zonal and Central office, DE/Engineer from selected WSSDOs, FEDWASUN head Office and programme district officers, Finnish supported bi-lateral project RVWRMP-II staffs.
7. Date: 18 – 22 August, 2014.
8. Venue: Bardiya Tiger Resort P. Ltd., Thakurdwara, Bardiya
9. Duration of training: 5 days
10. Type of training: Residential
11. Total Budget: NRS 1262044.97( In words Twelve Lakh sixty two thousands forty four rupees ninety seven Paisa Only)
12. Facilitation – The training was coordinated by the DWSS/RMSO and facilitated by the trained Resource Persons and government officials who are accredited with WSP training. UNICEF had provided all the logistic and financial aspects along with FEDWASUN's management.