Community Based Water Supply and Sanitation Project, Rukum (Completed June 2010)

Start Date: June 2006

End Date: June 2010

Location: Rukum

Donor(s): Community Water Supply & Sanitation Office, Rukum District Development Committee (DDC), Asian Development Bank

Budget: NRs. 1,926,702.83 (US$ 27,136.66)

The goal of this project was poverty alleviation through improved health and quality of life of the people living in the 1200 rural communities. The project provided water supply and sanitation facilities, as well as capacity building training in selected communities. This project was implemented using a community-based, demand-driven procedure that ensured full participation of the local users in the formulation, implementation and operation and maintenance of the town projects.

The five subproject areas include Kholagaun, Nuwakot, Mankot, Simly, and Sahare. With the facilitation of IDS Nepal, five rural water supply schemes were implemented in the subproject areas, five Community-Based Organizations were formed, 128 pipeline taps and 21 RVT were assembled, and 471 toilets were constructed.

With a focus on community empowerment, the project also included an institutional strengthening component, wherein IDS Nepal trained the Water User and Sanitation Committee (WUSC) and local community to be equipped for the planning, implementation, operation and maintenance of Community Water Supply and Sanitation Project. The training sessions paid a special focus to gender equity and the involvement and participation of women and other disadvantaged groups. A total of 846 households and 4777 people benefitted from the project.