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
Nov 14, 2014

Combating Technological Barrier

Grade 8 Students Trying to learn using computer.
Grade 8 Students Trying to learn using computer.

It is an accepted fact that these days people totally rely on computer technologies for communication and acquiring information. It is often heard from the gossips of people around that printed materials usage are diminishing everyday due to advancement in information technology through computers. Also, students all around the world are found well equipped with individual laptops, personal computers and advanced gadgets. Even a decade ago, in the context of Nepal, technology had not taken its pace the way we are experiencing now.  On one side, there is a remarkable improvement in information technology, for instance, the students of private boarding school, they are familiarized with English language and computer education right from the early age whereas the situation in government supported schools are not up to the level when compared with each other.

Without any biasness, the situation of education and the use of information technology is same as mentioned above in one of the government supported urban school - Shree Minnath Aadarsha Shikshya Sadan Lower Secondary School in Lalitpur District. But, through 'Support-A-Child” campaign being initiated by ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness), this situation of school is being facilitated to bring some positive changes. International Volunteer, Ms Anna Waters from England, initiated to create a microproject titled “Provide Six Computers for Nepali School Students” in order to overcome the technological barrier being created between the students and technology. The support being initiated in the school is believed to provide knowledge and skills on information technology education and computer education for the students of grade six, seven and eight. The computer distribution program in the school is going to be organized in 21st November 2014.

We strongly believe that this activity will definitely help the students in order to raise their computer skills and english education in the long run and eventually make them competitive to face any challenges not only in the national level but also in the international level which otherwise would be really very difficult in the world of technology and english speaking environment in today's context.

We would like to thank you for the help and support towards our initiatives. Further updates on our activities could also be received through our Facebook page and on Twitter. Also do not forget to subscribe to our Blog for reports and articles on similar issues. Looking forward towards receiving your feedbacks and suggestions regarding our works.

Thank you.

Students practicing English learning in Classroom
Students practicing English learning in Classroom
Oct 28, 2014

Donning the Cape of Awareness: For Safe Water

The sick is taken to the Shaman.
The sick is taken to the Shaman.

 

On an afternoon at Kitini Higher Secondary School at Godawari, students of the Kitini Nature Club put on costumes and carried props to their school gate. It was neither Halloween, nor was it any special occasion. Yet, the group marched, followed by their classmates and other students, where they had earlier cleaned and set up some furniture.

An active member of the nature club, Sanju, along with her friends, were those dressed in costumes. Their out of place apparel brought giggles from the onlookers, but they just called on more of the students. Teachers, students and community members were called to see what was about to happen. Some were curious, and others, genuinely interested, while others still were beckoned by the costumes and the settings.

The nature club members were going to put on a show about the importance of safe drinking water. The street drama was going to show how people should adopt measures to ensure the water they were drinking were safe.

A housewife, her husband, his sister, the shaman, the doctor, her friends and a few other characters. When the housewife falls sick due to unsafe water, the husband and her sister-in-law are worried. But it could have been prevented after all. The drama was a gentle reminder to the people to be safe when it came to drinking water.

Although the students spread awareness via door-to-door campaign talking about WATASOL to the community members and encouraging them to be careful, the drama was an even bigger success. The members of Kitini Nature Club got a pat in the back for their attempt to reach out to their peers regarding a deep subject matter. This feat encourages them to keep at this path of awareness and practice.

Encourage these students to keep up their good work. Your donation means the world to us and this project. We will keep on posting about such events to you via our Facebook page, Blog, Twitter and Website. We are very grateful for the help you’ve provided us.

Thank you.

Before the drama, welcoming the actors on stage.
Before the drama, welcoming the actors on stage.
Students and locals gather to watch the drama.
Students and locals gather to watch the drama.
The actors, requesting the use of WATASOL.
The actors, requesting the use of WATASOL.
Oct 13, 2014

Fighting All The Odds: Raising Hope

School girls with
School girls with 'tuki' on their way.

Technological advances has the human race reaching new heights. There’s nothing that we don’t know of. Developments in the sector of technology, banking, fashion and ideas are changing the way we live. We want it all, and we want it more. Like our developments, there is no limit to what we want.

Far away from all of this in the Glauthok and Wakran villages in Chitwan where road, electricity and health posts haven’t yet found its way, residents are living an almost nomadic life. Comparatively. Small traditional houses, maximum of two stories, minuscule windows that barely let the light pass in the room, and an attached animal shed. Here, animals are as important as your meals as they are the only source of income of some families. When ECCA went there for its ‘Light For All’ Campaign, staffs were appalled at the situation. No one had attempted to spare a glance outside the window into the infinite opportunities.

One of the main enemies of development is illiteracy. To fight this problem, government has established a fair number of schools in the area. Its accessibility is another story, but students venture to walk even a couple of hours to go to their schools and be educated. By the end of the day, the students would be exhausted and for the effort they put, no good result is harvested. There is no light at night to study with. Parents, too, hesitate sending an extra pair of hands to two-hour worth of exhausting walk away to get education that will not be useful. So what could’ve been done?

The objective of distributing solar ‘tuki’ in this area was not to bring drastic changes. This was to merely fuel the fire that the residents had in them. As per the strategy, students were given a solar ‘tuki’, stationing the mass charging device in the school. So students, obliged by the ‘tuki’ and their studies, would attend the school. This is not the first place this idea was implemented. But the results were heartwarming. Then, tattered clothes and lack of facilities barely mattered. Light a match, light the kindle – the residents of this forlorn place only needed someone to tell them that they can do it. It’s only a matter of time, before they will accomplish what had seemed impossible.

Your support means a lot to these people. Wakran and Glauthok aren’t the first place where our project has brought hope to, neither will it be the last. And please, let us not stop here. We express our sincere gratitude for your help and look forward to your suggestions regarding our works. For more updates, visit our Facebook page, Twitter, Blog and YouTube Channel, along with our Website.

Thank you!

A woman with
A woman with 'tukis'.
A boy charges his
A boy charges his 'tuki' at his school.

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