Baseline Survey

25th November 2016

From an Action Research perspective, one of our biggest achievements to date has been successfully completing the WASH and Livelihoods Baseline Survey. As the second Cycle in Kiteni, and with limited information to go on, interviewing all the 63 houses in the village seemed the most appropriate way to identify how Raleigh ICS and our project partner Women, Children, and Environment Development Center (WOCHEND) could help create positive change in Kiteni.

Over the course of a week, splitting off into pairs, we spoke to every house in the community, with one pair doing nearly 20 interviews. The interviews took anything from half an hour, to nearly two hours, depending on how verbose the villagers were. Everyone welcomed us into their homes, and was happy to openly discuss the challenges in Kiteni. Some families spoke about how they had to walk for twenty minutes to fetch water, or how they didn’t have a toilet due to the damage the earthquake caused – things we too easily take for granted back home.

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After we finished going around the houses, we gave the completed forms to our UK team leader Hugh and our resident Data Analyst, Rishta (a UK volunteer, who is originally from Nepal). They produced what can only be described as one of the most impressive Excel spreadsheet’s any of us have ever seen. Indeed, it is capable of telling you in graph form answers to almost any question you might have about the people that live in Kiteni.

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This analysis allowed us to do some baseline feedback to the villagers of Kiteni. We decided it was best to go door to door in pairs around the village, giving the results out. This way, we could ensure that all villagers knew the results, rather than only limiting it to a few that may have had enough time to come to an event.

From a WASH perspective, the main findings of the Baseline Survey revealed that over 50% of the village find it difficult to access water due to a variety of reasons, including the water source running dry. One of our WASH project outcomes has been constructing handwashing stations for families across the village. Another has been constructing a new toilet, next to one of the two houses that do not have their own toilet. We have been working closely with our project partner WOCHEND to fix the water source as soon as possible.

A handwashing station made by our volunteers
A handwashing station made by our volunteers

From a Livelihoods point of view, the community raised concerns about agriculture being the only source of income for the majority of families. They voiced that they would like training on alternative income generators, in addition to agricultural training on different crops and goat farming. In response to the feedback, we have planned to organise a Mushroom Farming Lecture and training Event, and an information session on goat farming.

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-Written by November Charlie 4


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Youth Economic Empowerment Nepal