It is estimated that half a million people die each year from diarrhea or acute respiratory infections which could have been prevented with timely and thorough hand hygiene. (WHO/UNICEF 2021). With PIWAAI’s intervention to provide Sanitation and Hygiene Training, the two days training which comprised of the meaningful participation of women and men, has stimulated improvement of sanitation and hygienic behaviors individually, and through them to their households and communities.
Through triggering activities and interactive discussions, the participants have taken away the notion of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene as crucial component to human health, and well-being. The training has promoted the understanding among the participants or water users that in addition to sufficient WASH facilities, it is also necessary to have true behavior change in the use of toilets, hygiene practices, and management of water supply schemes.
A good provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is also a prerequisite for improved health, longer life expectancy, gender equality, and several important indicators of development. As a part of Project for Improving Water Access and Agriculture Income (PIWAAI) project, Sanitation and Hygiene Training began today with participants from 8 Water User Committees (WUC) of Balefi Rural Municipality and Melamchi Municipality. The training was facilitated by Ms. Pratigya Kattel.
Three days of the Repair and Maintenance Worker Training finally concludes today. The participants walk away as certified Repair and Maintenance Workers, and pledge to take ownership and responsibility to ensure smooth supply of water to each household and promote the sustainability of the WASH infrastructures built in the community. The participants were also awarded with tools and equipment.
Here are few glimpses of the final day of the training and certification by Ms. Apekshya Bhusal, Executive Director, Er. Basanta Pradhan, WASH Expert, and Er. Sushil Adhikari, District WASH Coordinator.
To complement the theoretical knowledge, the participants were familiarized with the tools and equipment used in cutting HDPE pipes, pipe fittings, repairing taps, flow regulation and among others with a practical session which was facilitated by Er. Sushil Adhikari, Er. Saugat Sharma Paudel, Mr. Ramsharan Parajuli, and Mr. Suman Jonchhe, WASH team of the PIWAAI project.
Few glimpses of both men and women participants actively engaging in the whole process.
Construction as a process eventually reaches its completion stage, but maintenance is a forever process. As an initiative from the project to ensure sustainability of the Water Supply Schemes; PIWAAI has organized a three-day Repair and Maintenance Training for community appointed representatives from each Water Users' Committee. Today's sessions were facilitated by Er. Sushil Adhikari, District WASH coordinator, Er. Saugat Sharma Paudel, Project Coordinator, Mr. Ramsharan Parajuli, Sub-Engineer, and Mr. Gopi Krishna Dangal, Social Coordinator which focused on equipping the VMWs with the skills and knowledge required to ensure efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of the Water Supply Systems built in the community. The participants are eager to learn and become competent to contribute to repairing and maintaining the water supply schemes of their communities.
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Plant Clinic, an agricultural extension program under the PIWAAI project was successfully conducted in Balefi, Sunkoshi and Melamchi. With an aim to provide timely diagnostic and management strategies to combat yield losses due to pests and diseases, the plant clinic had Mr. Ram Krishna Subedi, Senior Plant Protection Officer, and Mr. Tej Prasad Subedi, Chief from Agriculture Knowledge Center, Dhulikhel as plant doctors.
Balefi, Sunkoshi and Melamchi Plant Clinic served almost 50, 75, and 89 farmers respectively. Majorly discovered from samples brought in by farmers had Fusarium wilt in pepper, and Fall armyworm in maize. Nutrient deficiencies, downy mildew, and powdery mildew in many cucurbit samples were also observed. In addition, club roots and stem borer and fusarium were also discovered majorly.
Three days of plant clinic has supported in providing early diagnosis of pests and diseases, and solved farmer’s technical problems, and pest management to minimize the crop losses.
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The six days Agrovet Retailers Training has finally come to an end. After six days of hard work and effort, the participants finally sat down for the certification examination.
After the two-hour examinations, on behalf of the participants, two of them spoke to thank the organization, appreciated all the trainers and experts, and acknowledged the fellow participants and project team members. They both spoke about how important this training was for them, and how it is going to help them very much in the future.
Mr. Madhav Bhatta, Plant Protection Officer, PQPMC also thanked the organization for inviting PQPMC to collaborate and provide such an insightful training to fellow participants. Dr. Ram Chandra Bhusal, Team Leader of PIWAAI also acknowledged firstly the participants who came in for 6 days in the training. He thanked PQPMC for their valuable time to provide training for the participants. He also mentioned his appreciation to the staff members of the project, and the hospitality partner, Pension Vasana Guest House for wonderful six days experience. He wished the participants good luck and encouraged them to follow proper guidelines while operating their agrovets and requested them to support the farmers in every way possible.
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Today was the second last day of the 6 days Agrovet Retailers Training. For tomorrow’s license examination, the participants focused on practice examinations, revisions, and discussions. The participants also gave their presentation on yesterdays agrovet retailers store visit and spoke about their learning.
Mr. Madhab Bhatta, Plant Protection Officer, PQPMC, covered the remaining topic on how pesticide retailers should maintain safety, conduct safe sale, and proper distribution, use and storage of pesticides. He also spoke about the impact of pesticides on health and environment. Mr. Sahadev Prasad Humagain, Chief of PQPMC also conducted a revision and discussion session to prepare the participants.
All the participants are working hard and excited for the exam tomorrow.