Increase livelihoods for disadvantaged families and establish safe water, sanitation and hygiene awareness and facilities in schools

What is WALI?

WALI is a name combined from two INA projects that assist the poor and vulnerable. The first is WASH, which stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. The second is Livelihoods.

The goal of WALI is to increase livelihoods for disadvantaged families and establish safe water, sanitation and hygiene awareness and facilities in schools. The ultimate aim is to see more girls attend primary school in the Western Rukum district.

In the last year, WALI has been operating as a pilot project. It has been successful and shown growth potential, so INA is now in a position to expand WALI into more schools and communities over the next 3 years.

Improving Livelihoods in Nepal

Unemployment in Nepal is around 40%. Earning an income, particularly in Western Rukum – the most food insecure area, where about half the population is poor – is difficult for many people.

Around 1,600 men and women leave Nepal every day in search of jobs abroad to support their families. Having only one parent in a home leaves families with little to no income, and children vulnerable to exploitation or forced child labour.

With your support, INA’s Livelihoods project works with selected women who are the poorest, from a marginalised caste, have a disability, or do not have a husband at home. It aims to equip these disadvantaged households with skills and training, so that parents can earn an income, provide for their children’s basic needs and keep children, especially girls, in school to receive an education.

Help WASH Away the Problem

While observing the initial WASH program in three Western Rukum schools, each one showed a dire lack of toilets, washing facilities, private spaces for girls, and for one school, clean water sources.

This meant that…

  • Up to 349 students and school staff were using one toilet at their school,
  • Boys and girls used the same toilet, leaving girls no privacy or ability to maintain cleanliness when menstruating, and
  • Students could not wash their hands properly after toileting or before eating, due to the lack of clean water, water sources or soap.

These schools, and many others in Western Rukum, need more. More clean water sources, more infrastructure for water to serve the whole school community, more resources for handwashing and more toilet blocks.

These things will keep children safer, healthier and in school. Your support will help build vital structures to help thousands of children!


When you support INA by 30 June, your gift will be leveraged by ANCP* funding at a rate of 1 to 5, up to the value of the grant. That means that for every $1 you give, the Australian Government will give $5.

But that’s not all… a generous group of INA’s key supporters have also contributed to a Givers Fund… so that they can MATCH your donation… up to $40,000!

For example, your $100 doubles to $200, and ANCP will give up to $500!

Please give by 30 June so your gift will go even further!

* The Australian Government, through its Australian-NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP), has supported the WALI pilot project in the last year, and is likely to commit funding for the next year and beyond. If more money is raised than required for this project, funds will be allocated to similar projects. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

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