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
Jul 24, 2012

Project Update - Solar Tuki July 12

Education Through Solar Tuki
Education Through Solar Tuki

Seasonal greetings and thank you, to all our donors, supporters and well-wishers for your continuous support in our program. Without your support we would not have been able to serve the needy community in our country.

New Youth Children Development Society is an orphanage being operated by a group of youth in Bhaktapur District. It serves 52 deprived orphan children from various location of different age from 6 to 18.The orphanage has been providing all the basic needs of the orphans living there along with quality education.

However the centre faced a problem along with the entire country related to power crisis. The children who were staying there had a hard time studying after they returned from the school as the peak time for the power cut was in the evening. They used to study under the candle lights which created a nuisance for them. The main reason for it was the fire flame and being cautious towards the burning candles which created a lapse of concentration towards their studies. In addition they could not study at places, they wanted as the candle possessed high chances of fire accidents and also it could be easily extinguished by wind.

Thus keeping this in mind ECCA with financial support from Donors like you, has provided solar lights to the all the children of the orphanage in 50% subsidized rate. Along with it a solar mass charging station has been established where the light holders charge their solar lights. They charge their lights in the daytime and use it to study in the evenings.

These solar lights have provided an opportunity for the orphans to study in their regular schedule unlike the days before where they used to wait for the electricity to come. Even they can study at their desired place like in bed, in the balcony etc and the problems are not faced like those with the candle. “Now I do not need to wait for the electricity to study and the light seems better than the candle”, said Parshuram who is one of the residences of the orphanage.

We thank you for partnering with us to help the rural people and students of Nepal better their lives in an ecologically sustainable way. We hope for your suggestion and recommendation in future.

Regards,

We are safe from fire through Kerosene Lamp
We are safe from fire through Kerosene Lamp
We got access to clean light
We got access to clean light
We do our jobs to take care of our lights
We do our jobs to take care of our lights
Jun 26, 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

Nature Club showcasing photos of their last drama
Nature Club showcasing photos of their last drama

Shari Davis & Ellen Currin are InTheField Travelers with GlobalGiving who are visiting our partners’ projects throughout Nepal. Their “Postcard” from their most recent visit in Nepal:

Climbing a rickety wooden ladder, I stepped over some metal and through a small hole to reach the roof of Shree Harisioohi Higher Secondary School. Two students were already waiting for me atop the water tank, ready to show me their daily routine of adding “WATASol” chlorine solution to the school’s water supply.  The students were part of the school’s nature club: a student-led group active in environmental and population health, present in 113 schools throughout Nepal. Environmental Camps Conservation Awareness (ECCA) started the clubs in 1992, just one example of their successful programming motivating youth towards environmental conservation and community health.  Six of the students from the group sat down with me to go over their current and future programs, which included community dramas about clean water, documentaries in neighboring schools and educating fellow students about healthier snack choices.

Sitting at a table with Angel Chitrakar, it was clear impact ECCA has had on his career. Starting as a volunteer counselor, he has been with the organization for 10 years and is now a senior program officer, helping conduct trainings and develop programs to protect and conserve nature.  Angel spoke about two important aspects which have led to ECCA’s success: its target population of children and youth and its focus toward activities versus activism.  Angel explained that having an impact on children ensures sustainability for the future and that activities have a greater impact than rallies and protests. He clearly believes in the mission of ECCA and has great hopes for its continued impact in the future.

Before leaving ECCA’s project site, we visited the home of a school graduate, who had been very active in the nature club. Thanks to training from ECCA, he was able to learn how to use a “WATA” device, which produces chlorine to purify drinking water. This bright young man showed us the process of mixing the solution, activating the device, and checking the water quality once the newly-made chlorine solution is added. He produces chlorine daily for use in the school’s water tank, and also sells the “WATASol” product door-to-door in the community, all the while educating the community on the importance of safe drinking water. An entrepreneur and public health advocate, this young graduate is a great example of ECCA’s vision for a healthier future for the people and climate of Nepal.

Students on the roof of the school adding WATAsol
Students on the roof of the school adding WATAsol
Two students purifying their school
Two students purifying their school's water supply
School graduate now produces WATASol from home
School graduate now produces WATASol from home
WATA device producing chlorine solution
WATA device producing chlorine solution

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May 3, 2012

Project Update -School Env - April 12

New Water Tap under construction
New Water Tap under construction

Namaste and seasonal greetings to all our donors, well-wishers and supporters from ECCA, Nepal.

The initiation of water tank construction (approx. 7000 ltr of capacity) at Kalidhunga Higher Secondary school for the storage of drinking water and construction of water distribution system has been nearly completed. From 11th to 15th March, 2012 civil engineer Mr. Sagar Mulmi along with me, had a monitoring field visit in the school on the construction of water tank. During our field visit, infrastructures developed were monitored. As some infrastructures were not constructed as per the design estimation, modification of the structure as per main design was suggested for changes with the technicians. With the beginning of new education session starting from 3rd week of april, the students in the school are getting benefit through the infrastructure developed.

Apart from the monitoring visit, discussion and information dissemination to the government officials of District Development Committee and Central District Office regarding ongoing program in Mirge VDC had also been done. Necessary administrative procedures to attain the approval for the implementation of program were initiated in district government office.

As new educational session had began, a nature club reformation training is under planning for 10-11 May, 2012. The NC reforming training will focus on developing future plans and activities that are to be conducted by nature club in their school and community. Along with the planning, various other educational training programs such as Herbal Garden Initiative, Climate Diary etc are also under planning phase to support the moral values for the students.

With the above notes, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all our donors, supporters, well-wishers and the globalgiving team for your continuous support in our initiation. We would also like to request you to disseminate the information of our program in your circle so as to raise funds and support the education of needy students. We hope for your feedback, comments and suggestion regarding our program at ecca@mos.com.np so that we could implement our program more effectively.

 

Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

angel@ecca.org.np

Sr. Program Officer

ECCA, Nepal.

Engineer advising structural modification in tap.
Engineer advising structural modification in tap.
Water Tap place at playground for wash after game.
Water Tap place at playground for wash after game.
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