Baseri VDC is situated in a remote part of Dhading district. COSOC, a UMN partner organisation, has been working in the community for more than three years.
According to the census data of 2011, there are 859 households in Baseri VDC. Katike is one of the settlements in Ward 2, with 22 households. Before the Rural Development Project started in Baseri, only seven of the Katike households had constructed toilets. Human faeces was everywhere, and it was difficult to walk on the trail. Other organisations had been working there, but it was hard to see any changes in the area.
When UMN and COSOC started to work in Baseri in 2008, besides bio-gas and improved cooking stove installation, health and sanitation was a major focus to reduce health-related disasters. Health and sanitation campaigns by child clubs, the installation of bio-gas units with attached toilets, and help to construct toilets at household level were some activities implemented to reduce health-related disasters in the target community.
As a result of these interventions from the VDC, UMN and COSOC, a total of 817 toilets have been constructed in the whole VDC. In Katike, all 22 households have now constructed toilets. The health and sanitation campaign conducted by the child club helped to construct a significant number of the toilets. Kamal Ghale from Katike said: “COSOC Nepal has done a lot to change our lives in our ethnic community and we hope they will continue this development work in the future”.
The target communities plan to declare Baseri an Open Defecation-Free VDC. All the criteria have already been met. To achieve the final result, co-ordination among major stakeholders has started, and the declaration programme will be conducted by October 2013.