Clean water and sanitation for children in Nepal

Children and parents with their new water filters in Nepal
Children and parents with their new water filters in Nepal

Staff of the Nepal Jesuit Social Institute (NJSI), which is supported by Jesuit Missions, have organised training on hygiene and sanitation and have distributed water filters to the parents of children with special needs in Sindupalchowk district in Nepal.

Sindhupalchok was one of the worst-affected districts when a devastating earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April 2015. While the initial epicentre of the earthquake was in Gorkha district, the highest magnitude aftershock (6.7) took place in Sindupolchok district.

Along with personnel from Amici Dei Bambini, the NJSI has been able to supply the local population with a high capacity water filter for the hostel where the children are cared for, which gives them access to safe water drinking.

Behavioural needsSources of clean water for children with special needs in Nepal

The main objective of the recent training was to make the parents aware of the special care that their children need. It was led by local Jesuit, Fr Arulanandam SJ, who heads the NJSI's response in the region, with Mrs Tulsa Kharel, Miss Francesca Giovannini and Miss Mina Raut. Teachers of the local school also participated in the programme.

The parents of the children with special needs were reminded about ways they could address the physical disability of each child, as well as understanding their different behavioural needs. Emphasis was placed on offering them love and care, on the cleanliness of the children and on government policy for children with special needs. After training on hygiene and sanitation, water filters were distributed to the families.