SuWASH: a sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene project in Nepal

Community members digging the trench to lay the main pipeline in Birtadeurali, Chaurideurali Rural Municipality, Kavre, Nepal, May 2019.
Image: WaterAid/ Mani Karmacharya

SuWASH was a three-year initiative funded by HSBC, implemented in the hard-to-reach areas of Kalikot and Jumla, and the earthquake-affected areas of Kavre in Nepal, from June 2017 to December 2019.

Guided by the principles of human rights, the project’s main objective was to reach unreached and vulnerable people with resilient water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services that would be sustainable during and after natural disasters, to fulfil their human rights to water and sanitation, as enshrined in the Constitution of Nepal 2015.

We aimed to achieve this by empowering people as holders of these rights, and sensitising duty bearers to their responsibility to fulfil their obligations to meet people's rights. Read more about how we embedded a human rights based approach in the project in this blog.

Explore the below publications for details of the changes SuWASH has made to people's lives, lessons we learned and a case study on social accountability mechanisms.