Kaski District is declared as first ever ODF district of Nepal

Three years after announcing its commitment, Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal declared Kaski the first Open Defecation Free district of Nepal.

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29 Jun 2011 | Nepal

Kaski District is declared as first ever Open Defecation Free (ODF) district of Nepal on 24 June in Pokhara.

Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal on Friday announced Kaski as the country’s first ODF district. He hoisted a green flag to announce the first ODF district amidst a function. He also stressed the need for a strong mechanism to ensure that Kaski remains ODF forever.

Three years ago, the district council of Kaski had proposed to make all village development committees (VDCs) as well as Pokhara sub-metropolis and Lekhnath municipality free of open defecation. The District Development Committee has spent more than Rs 330 million to help households without toilets build their own toilets.

Of the total 88,612 households in Kaski, altogether 18,035 households, which did not have toilets until the beginning of the ODF campaign, have constructed their own toilets with financial support from the DDC. Other government offices have also provided financial assistance for the campaign. It is also those - student, mother’s group, local NGO working on WASH, UN agency, business person, tourism entrepreneurs, even individuals at personal level of the district who made contribution to declare the district ODF.

"It is better late than never," said Guru Prasad Subedi, the local development officer (LDO) of Kaski. "Although we took a little long time, we are happy that we gave the country the first ODF district."

Four types of toilets have been built under the ODF campaign. Not only households, but also schools have built toilets under the campaign. Altogether 634 schools (Community 435 and Institutional 289) have built toilets now. School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS) approach has adopted in 203 schools. So as 212 schools have drinking water access and child friendly latrines. Moreover 289 schools implemented school sanitation programme.

Ghachok was declared as the first ODF VDC in Kaski on May 13, 2007. With Ghandruk joining the league of ODF villages, the campaign against open defecation became successful.

WaterAid supported projects in Kaski District:

  1. Bayeswori Primary School
  2. Bal Jyoti Primary School
  3. Akala Primary School
  4. Hanumantole
  5. Septic Tank Study
  6. Public Latrine Study
  7. Nava Prabhat School Sanitation
  8. Sukraraj Balbhadra School Sanitation
  9. Shanti Udaya School
  10. Hanuman Tole II
  11. BhadrakaliUSS
  12. Dhrmasthali LSS
  13. Thadakhor
  14. Mahendra School Rain Water Harvesting

Representatives from WaterAid in Nepal also be present on the ODF declaration programme in Pokhara.