RWSSP-WN was privileged to welcome the Ambassador of Finland, Mr. Jorma Suvanto, to Terai between the 7th and the 9th of November. The visiting team included the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) representatives Senior Adviser Ms. Sanna Takala and Program Officer Ms. Jetta Kuivalainen, and the Embassy of Finland representatives including Development Counsellor Mr. Jukka Ilomäki and Development Cooperation Adviser Dr. Chudamani Joshi.
The team visited the rehabilitated Damar Water Supply Scheme in Ratanpur VDC, Nawalparasi district, and explored the sanitation efforts in Baluhawa VDC, Kapilvastu district. The program also included visits to schemes in Amarapuri and Devchuli municipalities that were constructed during the earlier Finnish supported project in what is largely remembered in Nepal as the Lumbini project or as the Finnida project. These schemes are now involved in the Nawalparasi and Palpa Districts Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Project (NAPA WASH).
NAPA WASH is an NGO-based project funded by MFA and implemented through Waterfinns and Centre for Appropriate Technology Nepal. The project aims to strengthen the management, operation and maintenance of selected water and sanitation schemes in Nawalparasi and Palpa and contribute to enhanced knowledge in water supply functionality challenges in Nepal.
During the visit, the Ambassador discussed with numerous stakeholders such as Water and Sanitation User Committee members, District WASH Advisers, service users and DDC representatives. In addition to the information sharing, the visit enabled the Ambassador and the MFA representatives to explore in real life the environment and realities, in which RWSSP-WN operates in.