Water, sanitation and hygiene for all
WASH is an acronym that stands for “water, sanitation and hygiene”. Water services is a key issue within international development. Water is essential to population welfare from health and food security to social well-being and livelihoods.
Globally, 2.3 billion people are without sanitation facilities and 844 million people are without access to safe and clean drinking water. Preventable related diseases claim tens of thousands of lives in the developing world. Lack of water and sanitation facilities prevent students from attending school, and reduce later achievements and work productivity.
DWC’s W.A.S.H. program provides sustainable interventions aimed at improving health, food security, student learning, gender equality and other issues that affect poverty reduction through access to healthy and safe water, better sanitation, and improved hygiene behaviours.
The construction of wells, watergates, irrigation and rainwater systems provides collection and storage of safe water for family homes and community facilities, particularly in areas where there has been highly irregular and declining precipitation.
Latrine construction in remote communities aims to eradicate open defecation by providing affordable and sufficient sanitation. This benefits health, safety, and livelihoods, and offers cleaner soil, air and water supplies.
Nepal is a country with much beauty and much poverty. Many families here bring in little income and circumstances leave them trying to eke out a living. Volunteer in Nepal and improve sanitation health in rural communities.
Our goal is to build latrines for the poorest families in need who have been identified by our in-country partner. Creating Possibilities Nepal (CP), is a non-political, non-religious, non-profit social organization. The group envisions a democratic society and believes in the universal realization of human rights and in transparent and good governance.
CP’s achievements include an educational fund for the underprivileged children and women of Nepal; launching income-generating programs for parents; helping women and children improve their quality of leadership; and initiating local, regional and international alliances to combat labour exploitation and sexual violation of children and women.
By working on this latrine project, families’ health, safety, security and convenience will improve through more hygienic waste disposal practices. You’ll work alongside like-minded volunteers who are also passionate about travel and giving others a hand up, not a hand out.
Read day-to-day experiences from our volunteers on the Nepal Blog »
Expect warm and sunny days with daytime temperature generally hovering around a pleasant 26°C. Temperatures can vary, depending on how high up in the mountains you’re working, so it’s a good idea to prepare for a little of everything.
Nepal is a Mecca for trekkers and weekend time will offer lots of chance to hit the trails or take in some of the many cultural experiences that the country offers.
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Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?
You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.
What are meals and accommodations like?
The team will stay at a local hotel that is comfortable and clean. The food is prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.
How much does it cost?
The cost of each trip varies for each country, and the approximate cost of this trip is displayed at the top of the page. All costs will be finalized closer to the departure date. This cost is the in-country cost, including accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs and a donation to our Host Partner in their respective country. It does not include airfare. The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through DWC.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet. You’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it, too.
Marty is a retired US Air Force officer and university engineering professor with extensive international experience, having served in Europe and travelled to 67 countries, including many in East and West Africa and throughout Southeast Asia. He’s a former Fulbright Scholar who taught at Singapore’s top science and engineering university. Marty coordinated his first service trip with DWC in 2014 when he led a team of students working with Equitable Cambodia to build sanitary latrines in villages and then did the same in Nepal in 2019. He currently lives in Colorado with his wife of 38 years, two sons, and three grandsons and enjoys hiking, cycling, photography, and helping at his son’s craft brewery.