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
Apr 8, 2015

Solar Tuki - Changing Life-Style

Students Expressing their Gratitude.
Students Expressing their Gratitude.

“I felt a lot of difference in our living condition without light and with light, especially during evening hours and dark night. Our economy is based in barter system of commodities that we have, due to which we do not have enough money to purchase and install light in our houses. Hence, all the houses in our community do not have light. But, now after using Solar Tuki, it really changed our life and way of living in our community. I also feel good that our children also regularly do their homework in evening hours and their study is in progress.” – Ms. Kamala (farmer & housewife of Syamrang village, Chitwan).

Chepang community, living in Symarang and Sarling village of Chitwan District, are among deprived community from development. They have very low level of education and requires various activities to empower and educate them. People in this community, still today do not have any source of clean lighting option during evening hours. Hence, ECCA in coordination with Unica Foundation, distributed 55 and 85 sets of solar tuki in Sarling and Symarang village. Along with the distribution of Solar Tuki, repair and maintenance; children training camp; youth training camp were also organized to aware the community and make themselves trained to maintain solar lights.

Balpa (student) shared that because of solar lights, it is so easy to read and complete homework at night also. Before he and his friends used to get scolded by their teachers as they were not being able to complete their home work.

The principal of Dhrungbang Primary School shared his words towards us is before it is always a huge problem to take a sick person to hospital at night because of light but now the role can played by the provided solar lights. The solar tuki maintenance training helps them to solve if any problems occur in solar lights.

Solar Tuki is bringing change in lifestyle of Chepang community. It is made possible due to your help and support. Thank you for your help and support. Please share the news in your network so that together we can bring greater impact in our community. Do support us through visiting our Facebook Page, Twitter, Blog and Youtube Channel along with our website.

Thanks & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

Orienting on using solar tuki before distribution
Orienting on using solar tuki before distribution
Ms. Kamala Sharing her experience.
Ms. Kamala Sharing her experience.
Chepang Student under solar tuki light
Chepang Student under solar tuki light

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Mar 27, 2015

Herbal garden at Aims Academy

Aims Academy (which has grade 1 to 12) located in Lagankhel, Lalitpur, Nepal had initiated the herbal garden program in the year 2010. Though the available open space inside the school premises is quite limited, the students have well managed the garden. Student groups have been formed to work in the garden according to daily routine. Being interested, even the watchman is putting his efforts towards gardening. Around 15 species of herbal plants are preserved in this garden; some of them are Sarpagandha (Rauvolfia spilanthus), Alovera, kapur, lemon grass, etc. This school was awarded for having the best herbal garden in the year 2011.

Water scarcity is the major problem that people in Kathmandu are facing today. It is so, in this school as well. Despite the need to buy water, the school is watering the garden ….. whenever it rains, the school and students feel very happy that their herbal plants gets nourished. To put in the garden, the students themselves also prepare organic manure from the leaves and weeds.

Ms. Sunita Maharjan teacher and in-charge for herbal garden informs that all the students (those who spend time in tending the plants as well as other students) have benefitted. She adds, “The herbal garden helps the students to recognize and learn about the herbal plants. Students enjoy observing the plants grow, and also the greenery of the school is maintained.”

Though there are many difficulties in gardening in such a congested place, the school has made a great effort to maintain the herbal garden.

We express our sincere gratitude for your help and look forward to your suggestions regarding our works. For more updates, visit our Facebook, Twitter, BlogYouTube Channel, as well as website.

Mar 24, 2015

UNESCO-GLOBE Learning Expedition program organized

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) Kathmandu in collaboration with UNESCO New Delhi and The GLOBE Regional Coordination Office for Asia and Pacific joined with The Indian Environmental Society (IES) to organize a five-day UNESCO - GLOBE Learning Expedition in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal. The purpose of the event was to understand the effects of climate change in the region, to engage in field studies, and to explore the various UNESCO World Heritage sites located in Kathmandu.

The program welcomed 28 participants, from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal to Kathmandu and Pokhara from 8-13 January 2015.

From Kathmandu, the group traveled by bus to Pokhara, stopping enroute at the small town of Maleku where they initiated field studies using hydrology protocols on the Trishuli River. They collected data concerning the pH of the river water, as well as temperature, turbidity and conductivity. Participants discussed the importance of these protocols and the impact on the local environment. Biotic life and environmental conditions near the river’s periphery were also observed and discussed. While traveling, participants were also able to observe and learn about topographical variation and the type of vegetation in hilly areas and to observe the impact of the landscape on lifestyles of the villagers living there. The group arrived in Pokhara by early evening.

The following morning the group made an early ascent to Sarangkot to view the breathtaking view of the Pokhara Valley and the grand Himalayan Mountains. From this spectacular vantage point they discussed the geology of the region. Later that morning, the group visited Mahendra Cave, to see firsthand how water carves its way deep into the Earth, and to understand the geology and morphology of soil structure.

At Lake Phewa, the group took three hydrological parameters of water samples: temperature, turbidity and pH. The group also visited David’s Fall – where the water cascades from Lake Phewa to Gupteshwor Cave – where the water subsides into the Earth. At the cave, the participants also studied the geology of the cave and discussed how caves are formed through hydrological activity

While in Pokhara, the group also visited the International Mountaineering Museum, which provides firsthand information on the changing climate of the Himalayas and its impact on the lives of people living in the region. Viewing the documentary in the museum about life of the Sherpas (a tribal community living in Himalayas) helped the group to understand the culture of Himalayan people living in the harsh climate of the high hills. Information and insights about biodiversity and climate change of Nepal was an important take-away of this expedition.

Upon returning to Kathmandu, the group visited the Natural History Museum, where specimens of various insects and animals are preserved. Visiting the museum helped the participants to increase their knowledge and understanding of Nepal.  Dr. Dharma Dangol (Professor of Tribhuvan University) shared his insights about the local environment and the urgency of preserving wildlife diversity.

Visits to four UNESCO world heritage sites: Swayambhunath temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, provided a glimpse of the unique history and culture of the Katmandu Valley.

On the afternoon of the final day, a closing ceremony brought all participants together for final summing up of lessons learned; distribution of certificates by the Director of ECCA Mr. Yogendra Chitrakar; a presentation about the MGD School Rajasthan, India; and a performance of a Rajasthani song by the students of MGD School Rajasthan. The Nepalese participants shared activities from their Nature Clubs. A message from India’s Prime Minister, Rt. Honorable Mr. Narendra Modi was delivered by Ms. Agrima Verma. Prime Minister Modi’s personal message to the expedition participants, urging them to save the environment, was particularly affecting.

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.

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