Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

1. ECCA will be a Model Professional Volunteer Organization (PVO) dedicated towards natural resources management 2. ECCA will organize programs so as to secure children's sound ecological future 3. ECCA will support the development of conservation related entrepreneurship
Dec 23, 2014

Flood Early Warning System as DRR Prevention - Learn Climate Change-Project Update - Dec 14

Training children on Flood Early Warning System
Training children on Flood Early Warning System

For a mountainous country like Nepal, natural disasters related with landslide and floods are inevitable in any time period of the year. Hence, in order to prevent human catastrophe from various types of disaster, adoption of preventive measures is a must. This could be done through various types of social awareness activities to sensitize people and through installing hardware that will inform about the disaster that is about to happen.

Recently, ECCA in collaboration with other partner organization (SEE, Li-Bird/MSFP, ICIMOD) installed a wireless flood early warning system for the first time in Nepal. This is a low-cost and user friendly technology installed in Kaligandaki River located in Bhurung, Myagdi District in western region of Nepal. With the installation of the technology, training programs were organized from 9th to 19th December for relevant stakeholders and school students located in the periphery of the system installed.

The main aim of this training was to provide basic knowledge about causes & consequences of flood, advantages of ESW and to develop strong communication among the participation. During the training program, participants were shared about basic of Disaster Risk Reduction terminologies, Early Warning System components, equipment to be installed and EWS mechanism. Practical sessions with briefing about equipment (transmitter unit and receiver unit), methodology to install, assemble and disassemble system together with precaution measures in days to come were also share with the participants.

20 students from four different schools located in the periphery of the river were also trained about the system and its functioning. ECCA staffs facilitated the training through giving them presentation about the EWS, nature club formation & school environment. All students were exited by knowing about the EWS. The group discussion, paper presentation & different interaction program was done among the students. Students from each school also made the wall magazine & art competition was also done among the participants during the training program.

The students were exited to learn about the EWS as it was a first training of its kind that they had received in their school. They agreed that the flood early warning system is really an important technology for the community to save from disaster like flood.

We thank you for your support and believing in us. Updates of our activities are also regularly posted in our Facebook page, Blog and on Twitter. We look forward towards your valuable response, suggestions and comments regarding our work.

Thank you.

Angel Chitrakar

briefing visit for children on how technology work
briefing visit for children on how technology work
Explaining the linkage of Flood Early Warning Sys
Explaining the linkage of Flood Early Warning Sys
Training local youth and other stakeholders
Training local youth and other stakeholders
Dec 16, 2014

Girls Friendly Toilet Updates- Dec14

Toilet Condition in Schools of Rural Nepal.
Toilet Condition in Schools of Rural Nepal.

Schools are the places where students/children spend most of their day time during school days. Hence, availability of safe sanitation facilities in school plays a vital role towards their attendance and retention of students in school during school hours. In case of teenage girl students, the bond between sanitation facilities and attendance is found to be direct and much stronger. In the schools where proper sanitation facilities are available, the numbers of enrolment and attendance of girl students in school are found to be in consistent. However, the cases and stories in schools operating in rural areas are much different.

In many rural areas of Nepal, schools do not have proper sanitation facilities. It is observed that the attendance rate of girl students fluctuates from grade 6 and above. One of the reasons for this problem is the availability of sanitation facilities in schools as girl students at this age undergo various biological changes and requires safe sanitary practices. Schools where proper sanitation facilities are maintained face the challenges on proper disposal of sanitary napkins used by girls. It affects the proper functioning of the toilets when disposed in the toilet and if not managed properly on time, the waste could create a serious hazard to health, if thrown out in garbage dumps or in the open.

Hence, in order to support girls education, proper sanitation facilities with proper waste disposal system needs to be developed in the school. This could be done through a simple technology for composite waste disposal for schools through installing an incineration system.

Towards the implementation of this project in rural schools, so far, studies and request from three different locations of rural Nepal has been undertaken and received. Schools located in Sagma VDC, Morang District (Eastern Region), Dalchoki VDC, Lalitpur District (Central Region), Punma VDC, Jajarkot District (Mid Western Region) were observed and discussed towards the possibility of integration of girls friendly toilet in their school. Through the consultation with experts a cost effective and simple design for composite waste disposal system is developed. The incinerator designed to incinerate wastes like soiled cloth, cotton waste, sanitary napkins, paper towels etc and gets converted into ash and other non-hazardous residues. The incinerator designed is user friendly and manually operated.

As an initial phase, the schools located in Dalchoki VDC, Lalitpur District is under piloting and initiation towards the construction of hardware facilities is being preceded. The results after the completion of hardware installation will soon be updated through another report.

We thank you all for believing in us and supporting our initiation towards providing better education for the students of rural Nepal. Please help us spreading the words in your friends and families network. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments on our work. Frequent updates are also posted in our Facebook, Twitter and Blog related to our programs and activities.

Thanks & Regards

Angel Chitrakar

Current Incineration Management Practice in School
Current Incineration Management Practice in School
Incinerator Model to be installed in toilets
Incinerator Model to be installed in toilets
Dec 9, 2014

Child Club's Initiations: Mirge School - Dec 2014

Door to Door Campaign for Safe Water Promotion
Door to Door Campaign for Safe Water Promotion

The month of September and October has been busy organizing programs related with safe drinking water and herbal garden in school and community by the nature club members of Kali Devi LSS, Kalidhunga HSS, Majhgau LSS and Laligurans Bright Future Boarding School. During this period, the students actively participated in training programs in school, door to door programs in community and activities related with herbal garden in school.

Mr. Bipin and Mr. Sobhit (both from ECCA office), facilitated two days training on Safe Drinking water for the nature club members of schools on 2nd & 3rd September. The program targeted the nature club members and teachers of respective school to use and produce chlorine solution in their daily life as well as strengthen the management of Nature Club activities in school and community. 48 participants including teachers and students benefited through the training program towards proper management and implementation of chlorine and the chlorination technology in their school and community. During the training program, all the students were actively involved towards the development of six month action plan focusing on uses of chlorine in drinking water and in school environment of school through strengthening activities in their school and communities.

As a part of several activities to be implemented within the six month planning, the participants came up with brilliant ideas like cultural program to conserve Nepali culture, herbal gardening to make the school environment green, school cleaning activities to make school environment neat, clean and free of diseases, wall magazine to increase the writing capacity of students, door to door activity to aware the locals about clean drinking water.

Since 2010, after the implementation of Mirge School Environment Improvement Program in various schools, we are feeling very proud that students on their own are now capable of initiating and implementing programs and activities on their own in their schools and community through nature club. Appointment of Ms. Manamaya as ECCA staff has also played a supportive role towards monitoring and guiding activities of child club at field level.

On various dates of October, the nature club members were busy organizing door to door activities in their community. Achieving the objectives to aware the community members on safe drinking water, the nature club members were also able to create a harmonious relationship between community members along with some income through selling WATASOL (chlorine solution) in the community.

Reviewing our involvement of our project in Mirge till date, we have found the nature club members are more active in schools, the teachers more responsible towards their activities in school and parents more supportive towards the schools initiation. We Thank You for all of this changes, achievements and accomplishment in the school and community. Without your support we would not have made any difference in the community.

We are also very happy and proud to share that ECCA has been awarded with “Nature Conservation Award” from National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Nepal.

We’d like to thank YOU for your continuous support to us. Updates on our activities are also regularly posted in our Facebook page, Blog Posts and twiter. Please subscribe and share our activities. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions on our activities. Please help us promoting our activities through your social networking sites as well.

Thanks & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

Sr. Program Officer

ECCA

Safe Water & Nature Club Management Participants
Safe Water & Nature Club Management Participants
Ms. Manamaya Facilitating Nature Club Planning
Ms. Manamaya Facilitating Nature Club Planning

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