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
Sep 9, 2014

Counting Every Leaf: Mirge School Update

As the September slowly settles down and the weather gets chillier, the leaves turn a lively color before its farewell. As an old Nepali saying goes, you are conscious of the days passing and the leaves turning green to brown, but don’t realize the passing of each year. As each leaves turn its color, we count the developments and progress that have been felt in the schools and students in Mirge, Dolakha.

Since the inception of this project, it is safe to say that many lives have been changed in the member students of the nature clubs. Their involvement in the nature club have engaged them in different programs and introduced them to ideas that have brought positive changes in them. One very good example can be their involvement in the 3rd National Children’s Club Conference organized by ECCA in April. Many students had left the program with new experience that was educational and gave them a motive to initiate something new and pass the knowledge they have to their compatriots.

As ECCA believes that students should always keep in touch with their talents and learning abilities, it is planning to host a friendly competition among four schools. The competition will seek the best proposal regarding new and innovative nature club activities that can be conducted by the students. The best of the four will be rewarded cash prize to make their proposal into reality. The four schools are: Majh Gaun Lower Secondary School, Kali Devi Lower Secondary School, Kali Dhunga Higher Secondary School and Laliguras Bright Future English Boarding School in Mirge.

As students in the nature clubs of the participating schools have previous experiences of being in a proposal competition, ECCA hopes that the winning nature club will have the most efficient ideas brought on the table. With students who are active in the nature club interested in seeing the best for their school, we can hope for no less!

Like each leaf makes the autumn count, your every donation matters and makes a huge impact. We express our gratitude to you for the constant support that you’ve become throughout this endeavor. We assure you that none of it has gone to waste and we will continue to ensure the progress.

We’d like to ask you to like our Facebook page to get updates regarding our activities, if you’re into tweeting, follow us on Twitter. Also, read our Blog to get more ideas about projects and stories. Feel free to write us and send your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.

Sachi Mulmi

Media Coordinator

ECCA 

Aug 14, 2014

An Account of an English Volunteer

As part of the Support a Child campaign, a volunteer from England, Ms. Anna Waters has been conducting English language classes to school students in Lalitpur. Anna started her semi weekly classes at Shree Minnath Aadarsha Shikshya Sadan Lower Secondary School in April 2014. Every Monday and Tuesday, she goes to school at around 9 am and teaches English to the students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Since this school is a government-managed institution and classes are taught in Nepalese language, it was initially difficult for her to get through to the students and encourage them to learn the language. The students didn’t understood English, and were very shy to communicate with their new native English-speaking teacher. However, the children were quick to learn and have taken to their English classes with great enthusiasm.

In grade 7, where Anna has been teaching English, students are hard-working and dedicated to their studies. Pabitra is a particularly diligent student who puts in all her effort when doing her homework. Anna comments, “She is a very good student: she speaks very well and attempts to improve her English language skills. In fact, she is one of the top students in the class. And she strives for more. The spark in her eyes when she learns something new catches fire and there is nothing that can stop her from learning more then.”

Dacchina is another dedicated student. “All of her work is of a very high standard and she takes her work very seriously,” Anna shares. Ever since Anna came to teach, students like Dacchina and Pabitra have been improving their English rapidly. She feels that it is, ironically, partly due to the language barrier. “English is the only language we can communicate in so they have to make special efforts to make that possible,” Anna comments.

The students’ English classes have had positive effects on their other studies as well – students had been struggling with their computer education, which is mostly based in English. Since they started learning more about the language, however, they have been showing signs of improvement in their I.T. knowledge.

Unfortunately, despite the students’ best efforts to increase their I.T. skills, the school lacks the equipment which they need to be able to study effectively. The entire school has only four computers for around 150 students and only two of them are currently working. At least four children are forced to share one computer. This further complicates the situation, as now the enthusiasm of the children is suffering and their frustration is clear. As the students do not have computers at home, they are dependent on their I.T. classes to be able to learn the skills they will need for their future education and careers. Without sufficient computers at school, students are having great difficulty gaining these vital skills.

In response to this situation, Anna has initiated a micro project where she aims to raise US$2,000 to buy six computers for the school. The micro project’s name is ‘Provide Six Computers For Nepali School Students’, and it is being run in conjunction with ECCA’s ‘Support a Child’ campaign. Anna believes that this project will greatly help the students to continue improving in their studies and computer education.

Can you help to support this initiative? Your support will, as always, help these students to be able to stand on their own feet. Your donations for Provide Six Computers For Nepali School Students will be extremely valued.

For further updates, you can like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. You can also subscribe to our Blog for reports and articles on similar issues. Do feel free to send your feedback and suggestions regarding our work.

Thank you.

Regards,

Sachi Mulmi

Media Coordinator

Jul 30, 2014

Updates: A Refreshing Break from the Heat

Kamal Filling His Water Bottle
Kamal Filling His Water Bottle

Fourth grader at Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School in Balkumari, Lalitpur, Kamal asks for a break from the class for an escape from the heat of the midday sun and runs with his water bottle to the drinking water tap. He rests his bottle in the side of the sink and below the ‘Drinking Water With WATASOL Treated by ECCA’ sign, he opens the tap, washes his hands a little and proceeds to drink his fill before filling his bottle. Satisfied, he trots to his class, smiling and bidding a short bye to the juniors who were drinking water at the other tap.

A couple of months ago, the school had only one drinking tap facilitating around 150 students from grade 1 to 8. In the smouldering heat, the children had to come and queue up in the sole drinking water tap till the end of their recess time. It was difficult and impractical, some frustrated children would just opt not to stand in a queue or drink water. Principal Mr. Ramesh Shrestha states, “Due to the lack of insufficient taps, the children suffered a lot. They used to quarrel with each other over whose turn it was to drink water. It was distressing to see them arguing like that.”

In the 3rd National Children’s Club Conference conducted in April by ECCA, two students from the school, Bimala and Dhiroj, had participated. It was an important participation for them, as they presented a proposal in the Knowledge Market Place about installing more drinking water taps in the school, which won Rs. 25,000. With the prize money, three taps, whose water was treated with WATASOL was installed just a couple of weeks earlier. Along with that, the school also set up a water tank for the extra taps. Shrestha shares that the excitement of the children drinking water without any quarreling was great to witness.

As Bimala comes to the drinking water tap with her friends for a quick refreshment, she looks happy. After a draught of the cool water, she goes back to her class, leaving an air of accomplishment behind her, evermore confident and sure of their success.

THANK YOU for your continuous support towards bringing smiles in faces of the students where we work. Do share the information of our program in your circle for change.  A regular updates on our activities are also posted through our Facebook page, Twitter and in our Blog posts. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments.

Thanks & Regards,

Sachi Mulmi

Media Coordinator

A queue of Students for drinking water
A queue of Students for drinking water
Quenching Thirst
Quenching Thirst
A look in New Tap
A look in New Tap

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