“Success will be bigger if we work together”, said Vessela Monta, executive director to International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA), at a meeting held on 28 November 2013. Representatives of different organizations with a sole motive to establish Nepal Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (NeRHA) were present in the meeting. The alliance aims to suppress the feeling of competition among those participating organizations and bring them together for better outcomes in Rainwater Harvesting aspects of Nepal.
As the alliance is in starting phase, agendas on network criteria and necessities were discussed and prioritized. After the discussion among the participants, a scoping team of 5 members has been formed. Meeting to be held once in every two months is also decided and agreed. The profiling of all the activities related to rainwater harvesting practices by the member organizations was decided by the meeting. Along with this advocacy through newsletters and information dissemination in the website will be initiated.
As it is going to take time for binding and shaping up the other functions of the alliance, Lumanti will act as Secretariat of the alliance until the alliance is registered according to the NGO’s rules and regulations of Nepal.
Government shall be invited as an advisor rather than being involved in the networking aspect of the alliance. The meeting adjourned to be held on 31 January 2014 and a work plan shall be discussed next.
By Bimala Gurung