Nepal Tunza Youth Environment Network (NTYEN) in collaboration with The Small Earth Nepal (SEN) and UNICEF Nepal organized three series of National Water Café 2013 in Kathmandu valley as a pre activity of Nepal National Water Week (NNWW) 2013. The theme for the café was “Water is a source of life; Sanitation is the way of life”.
The event was designed to strengthen knowledge of school children about water, sanitation and hygiene. It aimed to make them aware about water issues and to make them conscious about their behaviors for the conservation of the water. Moreover, it was a workshop where they learned about the health hazards of drinking contaminated water and how to make their drinking water safe.
The first series was organized on 8 March 2013 in Siddhartha Vanasthali Institute of Kathmandu District. The second series was organized on 11 March 2013 in Everest English School of Bhaktapur District and similarly the third series was organized on 15 March 2013 in AIMS Academy of Lalitpur District.
With an introduction of the participants, Ms. Kabita Gautam, Mentor of NTYEN and Program Assistant at SEN, gave an overview of the program. She also highlighted on the history of World Water Day and NNWW.
During the event the chief guest of the event, Er. Mahendra Bahadur Gurung, Co-chair of NNWW 2013 officially inaugurated the opening of National Water Café 2013 and expressed his warm welcome to the participants. Er. Gurung further highlighted on the importance of water and shared different motivational stories with the children.
Then there were Water Quizzes for the children which were moderated by Mr. Nammy Hang Kirat. It was a great opportunity for the children to learn and share their knowledge. All the children with the correct answers were provided with a gift from UNICEF Nepal.
Mr. Jeeban Panthi, Research Coordinator of SEN in his short presentation shared the information about the importance of fresh water and proper sanitation. He also elaborated the linkages between water, sanitation and health with further explanation on the four simple methods of water purification.
Then the participants were divided into five groups in a café model provided with four questions. With the facilitation of Ms. Kabita Gautam, the children had group discussion and presentation. All the views and the answers from the children collected from the group work will be compiled and documented to produce 6-pager note which will be published and distributed soon.
During the events, some of the books were also handed over to the school representatives. Finally, There were batch exchange program in which the children pinned up the batches to the Chief guest, Principal and Teacher respectively in first, second and third series and vice verse It gave a message: “No matter how long is the gap in the generations, there is a need of information exchange and leadership transformation to bring the change.”