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Nepal’s mountainous landscape makes it particularly hard for people to access clean water.
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15 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Nepal.

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People in Nepal don't have access to safe water.

1,500

1,500 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation in Nepal.

After two devastating earthquakes the situation is worse. Many people must make long, dangerous journeys to reach water sources and just 37% of the population has somewhere safe to go to the toilet.

The crisis

3.3 million people in Nepal don't have access to clean water – more than one in ten. In the rural lowlands and the mountains, the distance to water sources is great, and water supplies are often polluted with naturally occurring arsenic.

Over 17 million people don't have access to adequate sanitation in Nepal – over half of the population. Open defecation is common, helping diseases to spread fast. As a result, 1,555 children die every year from diarrhea.

In urban areas, the water supply cannot keep up with growing demand – natural sources are drying up and water levels are becoming dangerously low. The two 2015 earthquakes have left many people homeless and ruined infrastructure, making the situation even worse.

Our approach

Even before the fatal earthquakes, accessing clean water was difficult. Many people had to make long, dangerous journeys to reach water sources and just 37% of the population has somewhere safe to go to the toilet. Now things are even more challenging.

WaterAid uses technologies that are appropriate to Nepal’s mountainous landscape, such as gravity flow systems to bring water directly from the source to people’s homes, helping them to avoid long and treacherous journeys.

Since the earthquakes, we have been focusing on promoting good hygiene practices and providing supplies to keep people healthy in difficult circumstances. This is part of longer-term hygiene work, such as supporting schools programs to share information about hand washing and menstrual hygiene to children and teachers.

Our impact

In Nepal last year we reached:

  • 81,000 people with safe water
  • 105,000 people with improved sanitation
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