Improving WASH access in the communities
Lumanti has been implementing its various projects on WASH service delivery, capacity building and awareness focusing for the poor and marginalized communities in different urban centers. WASH advocacy is also an integral part of the programme; Citizens Forums are established for local level advocacy on WASH rights.
The exemplary initiations are the support to Tokha water and sanitation user committees in providing pipe water supply connections to 800 households and management of this system, promotion of rain water harvesting system in Dallu Awas (Housing) area of Kathmandu, decentralization of bio sand filter for waste water management in Khadipakha of Kathmandu, construction of flood resistant toilets in Inaruwa, construction of overhead water tank for the supply of water in informal settlement of Butwal, Kapilvastu and various types of WASH service delivery programmes in Biratnagar, Bharatpur, Itahari, Nepalgunj, Kohalpur, Inaruwa, Bharatpur, Dharan and so on.
Lumanti has been engaged in these cities supporting in formulating policy and strategy and attainment of MDG goal and SDG goal in providing improved water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and its sustenance. For the same purpose, declaration of ODF zone has been one of the major priorities. Lumanti has successfully intervened in the communities through its integrated program with CLTS (Community Led Total Sanitation), SLTS(School Led Total Sanitation) and MFI (Micro Finance Institutions) approach. CLTS has been an integral part of Lumanti supporting communities through local users groups, existing stakeholders and municipality including through partnership with stakeholders on various WASH related issues for smooth conduction of program activities thereby attaining the overall objective as per plan. Community initiatives including discussions, interactions and suggestions were regularly updated through meetings, workshops and interventions were made accordingly. Lumanti has also supported the formation of grassroots women's network, Maitree, to advocate on WASH issues, which has formed local committees in a number of municipalities.
Lumanti's work on improving access to water and sanitation facilities in the cities has created a new kind of partnership with the local governments to increase investment in the sector and be sensitive and responsive to the needs and WASH issues of the poor people.
Besides Lumanti has been a part of Freshwater Action Network South Asia. The EC of Lumanti represent CSOs in the Kathmandu Valley Water Supply Management Board and she also represent South Asian CSOs in Sanitation and Water for All Global Platform. Through these platforms, lumanti has been contributing for the poor people's right and access to sustainable WASH facilities.