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Strengthening of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services in selected areas of SAARC countries. (2014-2018)


The Project, Strengthening Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) was funded by SAARC Development Fund (SDF) and implemented by RSPN in collaboration with Samtse Dzongkhag Administration. The project supports the construction of RWSS in Phuntshopelri Gewog and rehabilitation of RWSS in Yoeseltse gewog under Samtse Dzongkhag.


Goal is to improve the quality of life of rural populace by providing safe, convenient and sustainable water, sanitation   services and better hygiene.

Specific Objectives:

  1. To provide equitable access to safe drinking / household / livelihood water;
  2. To promote appropriate  sustainable water resource management  mechanisms;
  3. To promote hygiene and sanitation practices in schools, Non-formal education centers   in the targeted communities as model;
  4. To capacitate Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in management of water and sanitation facilities and promotion of hygiene;
  5. To showcase as a pilot project that can be replicated in rest of the country; and To initiate experience and knowledge sharing on good practices in SAARC countries.


Phuntshopelri and Yoeseltse Gewogs, Samtse Dzongkhag



  1. Established comprehensive Baseline Information on WASH of the two Gewogs of Phuntshopelri and Yoeseltse is in place since 2015 and submitted to the SDF and PHED, MoH.
  2. Conducted consultation meetings with key stakeholders, Samtse District and beneficiary communities of two Gewogs of WASH Project.
  3. Conducted awareness on Rural Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (RSAHP) to communities of tow Gewogs.
  4. Conducted awareness on Behavior Change Communication (BCC) with students, teachers and monks under two Gewogs.
  5. Conducted awareness and training on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) with adolescent girls and teachers under two Gewogs.
  6. Conducted Masonry and carpentry training on construction of improved toilets to interested individuals from two Gewogs to promote the standard construction of sanitation and hygiene infrastructures.
  7. Installed a Mass Hand-washing Station in Yoeseltse school to promote hand washing practices.
  8. Conducted Community Participation & Management of Water (CPMW) users for efficient management and construction of quality water supply systems.
  9. Conducted training on Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of Rural Water Supply System to water caretakers for sustainable operation and maintenance of water supply systems.
  10. Installed a Roof Rain Water Harvesting System in Yoeseltse School to solve the water shortage.
  11. Constructed Water Supply System through Pumping Technology in Phuntshopelri Gewog and Water Supply System through Gravitational Technology in Yoelseltse Gewog with the total cost of little more than Nu. 21 Million.
  12. Formed two Water Users Group and developed a Management Guideline in two Gewogs for management at the local level.
  13. Establish Blued Fund/Matching Fund for two Water Users in two Gewogs amounting to Nu. 738,000.00

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