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
Oct 18, 2011

Project Update - Success Story of Chitwan Oct11

Community Charging Center at Kantipur Village
Community Charging Center at Kantipur Village

With the increasing popularity of solar tuki in the rural areas, the demand of solar tuki sets are in raise. As per the demand and need of solar tuki in the rural areas, a community charging center model was developed to provide the benefit for the community who are not in the state of purchasing solar tuki set. In this system, various numbers of solar tuki are charged at once through using a bigger solar panel, thus reducing the cost of individual solar panel for an individual household.

At Kantipur Village (a remote village settlement of chitwan), the households were not in the state of purchasing individual solar tuki sets, hence, a community charging center was established at the end of March 2010. 48 households were benefited through the distribution of 60 pcs of solar tuki and establishment of the center.

Most of the housewife of the village seems very happy after the establishment and use of solar tuki. The main reasons behind their happiness are saving of money, saving of time to purchase kerosene, health benefit and brighter light of solar tuki. As per Mrs. Januka Sunar, she had saved Nrs 350/- per month to be spent for kerosene, brighter and better light than kerosene lamp, easy use during preparation of evening meals and one and half hour of time and energy saving for purchasing kerosene which she has now been using for income generation through poultry farming. In general, all households of the village using solar tuki are being benefited through various ways.

Mr. Subash Sunar (16 yrs) studying at grade 10 and Mr. Dinesh Gayak (14 Yrs) studying at grade 8 of Jana Jeevan Ma Vi, Kharkatta, Chitwan has been using solar tuki since April 2010. Prior to the use of solar tuki, they had been using kerosene tuki as the only source of light during evening hours. They used kerosene tuki in the evening hours mainly for their study purpose. The students were irritated with the particulate matters and black soot particulates emitted by the kerosene tuki, which had created various health problems like eye irritation, cough problems, etc.

When solar tuki was introduced in the village to replace the kerosene lamp, the students were excited to use it. According to the students, bright light compared to kerosene tuki, smokeless, no fear for fire hazard and benefit for using continuously light are the main encouragement and attraction towards the use of solar tuki. The students had increased their study hours in the evening by 2 hrs after solar tuki were introduced in the village. The shopping time of one and half hour to purchase kerosene for lighting their house for the evening hrs has been utilized in other activities.

Students with Solar Tuki for Education
Students with Solar Tuki for Education
House-wife benefited from Solar Tuki
House-wife benefited from Solar Tuki
Sep 20, 2011

Project Update - Safe Water, Sept 2011

Door To Door Campaign by Students
Door To Door Campaign by Students

The following activities were conducted during July – Sept 2011

Orientation Program

To inform people about the technology and to make them aware, several orientation programs were conducted for the teachers, students, community and different community groups. The orientations given are:

  • Geeta Mata Higher Sec. School (July 19, 2011)
  • Little Flowers Public School (August 4 & 9, 2011)
  • Community at Farsidole, Bungamati, Laitpur (Sept 3, 2011)
  • Slum area at Bansighat, Tripureswor (Sept 9, 2011)

Documentary Show

Documentary show has become popular in school and community. The major focus of the documentary show is to promote safe drinking water and chlorine solution, branded as “WATASOL”. From the documentary, students get information about easy methods to purify water at the local level. The Documentary is on water related issues, water borne diseases and how to disinfect. After the success of the program in the school, the nature club students also replicated the program in the community, neighboring schools and local groups. List of documentary shows:

  • Shree Krishna Higher Secondary School (July 1, 2011)
  • Harisiddhi Higher Secondary School (For Students & teachers) (July 2, 2011)
  • Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School (July 7, 2011)
  • Thaiba Youth Club (July 9, 2011)
  • Yashodhara Bauddha Secondary School (July 18, 2011)
  • Bhagyodaya Higher Secondary School (July 26, 2011)
  • Dhapakhel Boarding School (July 27, 2011)
  • BalKumari Higher Secondary School (July 29, 2011)
  • Udaya Kharka Secondary School (Sept 16, 2011)

Door to Door Campaign

To reach out the new community for WATASOL promotion and refilling program in previously implemented areas, Door to Door Campaign has been organized frequently. Door to door campaign was focused in rural place of Lalitpur areas and slum areas of Kathmandu valley. Groups of students along with ECCA volunteers and WATA Resource Materials went to each household in the community and sensitized people about the need of Safe Drinking Water and role of WATASOL for healthy living. Beside the regular refilling program, the door to door Campaigns conducted in different new community were:

  • Hadegoan, lalitpur                                                                July 2, 2011
  • Slum area of Thapathali, Lalitpur                                         Sept 16, 2011

National Essay Competition

Since the past 4 years ECCA is organizing National Essay Competition in different topics. This year also, on the occasion of World Environment Day 2011, ECCA announced Essay Competition for secondary level students on the theme “How can we recharge the ground water and make our drinking water safe" The notice related with call for essay competition was published in a national daily Nepali language newspaper Kantipur (June 5, 2011). The students were encouraged to write an essay on the basis of real situation of their own school environment and put their perspective regarding the theme. The competition was open for all the Nepali students studying in grade 6 to 10. The best three essays were announced on July 12 and prizes given on July 23, 2011.

Winner list:

  1. Samrat Bikram Prasai, Occidental Public School, Anamnagar, Kathmandu
  2. Aashma Khanal, Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School, Bholdhoka, Lalitpur
  3. Riva Khatiwada, Occidental Public School, Anamnagar, Kathmandu

Scholarship Distribution

During the implementation of the WATASOL program in the schools, some of the students from Nature Club were very actively involved and also showed keen interest. So as to encourage them, scholarship materials (a set of note book, bag, copies, pen, pencil and other education materials) were provided. 70 students were provided the scholarship materials. The students were selected on the basis of their involvement in the WATASOL promotional activities and as per the financial need of the student. Selection was done by the nature club themselves in coordination with principal, guide teacher and ECCA social mobilizers.

Scholarship materials were provided to the students of the following schools:

  • Harisiddhi Higher Secondary School                                               July 9, 2011
  • Shree Krishna Higher Secondary School                                       July 15, 2011
  • Saraswoti Higher Secondary School                                             July 15, 2011
  • Balkumari Higher Secondary School                                             July 15, 2011
  • Tri Ratna Cooperative School                                                        July 15, 2011
  • Yashodhara Bauddha Secondary School                                       July 15, 2011
  • Mahendra Gram Secondary School                                               July 15, 2011
  • Bhagyodaya Higher Secondary School                                           July 7, 2011
  • Udaya Kharka Secondary School                                                  Sept 16, 2011

Appreciation Distribution

For supporting the Safe Drinking Water program at the local level, seven individuals were provided Appreciation certificate.

  • Nirmala Shakya, Prabhat Higher Sec. School
  • Rajesh Pandey, Lalit Kalyan Lower Sec. School
  • Ramesh Shrestha, Lalit Kalyan Lower Sec. School
  • Dhurba  Pd. Amatya, Yashodhara Bouddha Sec. School
  • Hem Chandra Raigai , Yashodhara Bouddha Sec. School
  • Krishna Pd Acharya, Udaya Kharka Sec. School
  • Krishna Man Maharjan, Tri-ratna Cooperative School

Promotion through local Health Post

In Southern Lalitpur region, linkage was developed with local health post and local women health volunteers. In the beginning, these volunteers were briefed about safe drinking water and WATASOL. Thereafter, while they were visiting households as part of their regular work, they also promoted WATASOL, supported in the refill and monitored its usage. Women health volunteers conducted 9 orientations (one in each ward) on WATASOL to the local mothers’ group and encouraged them to use WATASOL. For about a month, initially, WATASOL was distributed free of cost (to develop the habit). Later, it was sold.

Interaction among different stakeholders

To review the status of WATASOL distribution and promotion strategy, separate interaction was conducted in Dalchowki and in Chaughare (Southern Lalitpur). Participants were from the school teachers, nature club members, school management committee, women health workers and other health post staffs.

Promotion in Private Schools

Orientations and interactions have been done to create awareness  in private schools, and Community Drinking Water System (CDWS). The staffs of these institutions have always been supportive in this kind of promotional programs. Through these programs, WATASOL distribution has been possible in the scattered community.

WATASOL stall in different occasions

Students of Tri-ratna Cooperative school are distributing WATASOL from the stall kept in the religious place (Karyabinak Temple) every Saturday. Likewise, ECCA as well as schools are also distributing WATASOL frequently through stalls kept at different occasions and report card distribution.

WATASOL stall kept during report card distribution and other occasions:

  • Bal Binod Secondary School, Natole
  • Machindra Bahal, Bungamati
  • Khokana Mohatsav, Khokana
  • Omkuli Mahatsav, Thaina
  • Sal Nadi Mela, Sankhu
  • Eco festival of British School, Jamsikhel           
  • Lachhi, Thecho
  • Lagankhel, Lalitpur
  • Harisiddhi, Lalitpur
  • Flea Market at ECCA
  • ECCA Day                      
  • National Children Day              

Promotion in Adult Literacy Class

To promote WATASOL, the students of Adult Literacy Class were also given orientation about safe drinking water and WATASOL. The students purchased WATASOL and used it.

Chlorinated water distribution through Water Tank

The slum communities have large size public drinking water tank which is managed by their resource person. An entrepreneur visits them and supplies WATASOL. They put WATASOL in the water tank, thereafter treated water is distributed to the slum dwellers.

Promotion at water distributor

In case of Yashodhara Bouddha Secondary School, one of the staff Mr. Dhurba Prasad Amatya promoted WATASOL in Gangajal water distributor – which is a mineral water producing company. After few interaction and follow up they agreed to use WATASOL for disinfecting the equipments. Now the school is selling WATASOL to them.

Sales from individual nature club students

In some schools, some students need to come from far-away places. So the normal promotional activities could not reach such locality. In such case, individual students of that far-away community promote WATASOL in their respective area, for which they get 30% of the WATASOL sales. They are thus helping to promote WATASOL as well as getting certain incentive, which motivates them for further promotion in their area.

Monitoring visits

Regular monitoring is being done in all the localities where Mini WATA and Standard WATA device have been provided. During such visits quality of WATASOL and drinking water is checked and possible programs for the promotion of WATASOL is discussed with concerned persons.

Interschool Competition

Harisiddhi Nature Club of Harisiddhi Higher Secondary School organized an Interschool Competition in different heading such as Essay competition (6th July, 2011), Art Competition (7th July 2011) and Debate Competition ( 8th July, 2011). On the last day of the program (9th July), prizes and certificates were distributed for the winners. The main objective of the program was to create awareness about the Safe Drinking Water and WATASOL among the students from different schools.

Production of A Short Documentary

A short documentary on water borne disease and WATASOL was recently produced by ECCA.

Implementation of Project in 3 more schools of Illam

In coordination with a NGO Namsaling Community Development Center (NCDC), Illam ECCA transferred the technology to 3 more schools at Illam.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all donors for your continuous support in our initiation. We would also like to request you to send us your feedback, comments and suggestion regarding our project at ecca@mos.com.np so that we could implement our programs more effectively.

Regards,

Students campaigning in the community
Students campaigning in the community
Use of WATASOL in the community water distribution
Use of WATASOL in the community water distribution
Student disseminating information through stalls
Student disseminating information through stalls
Orientating community on safe drinking water
Orientating community on safe drinking water

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Aug 2, 2011

Project Update - Village Case Study on Solar Tuki

Housewife Using Solar Tuki for preparing Dinner
Housewife Using Solar Tuki for preparing Dinner

Kaleshwor village, known as one of the remote village of Lalitpur district lies at the southern hilly terrains of the district. Although the village is at a distance of 48km from the nearest city point – Chhapagaau, It takes around 8 hrs of local bus ride and 2hrs of uphill walk to reach the village. Due to hilly terrain of the village, the accessibility of each household in the national electricity grid is very low. Hence, the people of Kaleshwor are compelled to use kerosene lamp during evening hours to fulfil their need of light.

Mr. Amrit Gautam, Teacher of Shree Bhag Bhairab Higher Secondary School, came to know about solar tuki when he visited ECCA. He purchased a set of solar tuki for his personal use in his home. The use of solar tuki by Mr. Gautam and his family has been circulated in the village as well as the efficiency, performance and the use of the solar tuki has been demonstrated to the villagers. This created a demand of solar tuki in the village. As there were facility of microfinance for the promotion of solar tuki, the chairman of Jana Jagaran Saving and Credit Cooperative (a local saving and credit group operated by the local villagers) Mr. Giri Prashad Timilsina, visited ECCA office for the promotion of solar tuki in Kaleshwor village.

Thereafter, making an agreement with the cooperative to act as a local agent for the promotion of solar tuki, ECCA had facilitated the use of solar tuki in almost all the household. The use of solar tuki has started in reduction of use in kerosene in the village and declared as kerosene free village in the mid 2009. The local shop owner Mr. Bal Ram Bajara, initiated the solar tuki repair and maintenance centre as his business of selling kerosene went down due to low demand of kerosene. He says – “When I saw Solar Tuki at first in the village, I feared of disrupting my business of sales of kerosene, through which was sustaining my family. I was sure that my sales of kerosene will go down with the increasing use of solar tuki in the village. In no time, my sales of kerosene went down. At the same time, Mr. Giri Prashad Timilsina (Chairman of Cooperative) suggested me to open up the Repair & Maintenance centre in my shop to sustain my business and sent me to the training being organized by ECCA. This has provided me a great relief towards my sustainability of business. Now, the sales of kerosene in the village are very low. People prefer to purchase solar tuki for light rather than kerosene.”

Ramesh Gautam (Student of Grade 11), has been using solar tuki when he was studying in grade 7. He shares his experience of using solar tuki as – “Previously, when I used kerosene lamp for lighting, I felt very uncomfortable during my study in the evening hours. I still remember, that my eyes were irritated and I also got eye infection during my terminal exam time which ruined my exam. I was compelled to breath in the air where smokes from the kerosene tuki were emitted. Hence, I used to avoid study during evening hours. We could not afford for the installation of solar home system as our families economic condition were not very good. I felt very much relieved when my father got a set of solar tuki in my home. The problems that I faced with the use of kerosene tuki were gone. I do not need to breathe in the air of smoke released from kerosene lamp. The light emitted from the solar tuki was very bright compared to kerosene lamp and it does not release smoke. Hence, I got to spend some more time in my study during evening hours. I also could do well in my exams with the help of solar tuki.”

Student using solar tuki for his study
Student using solar tuki for his study
Charging Solar Tuki by local teacher
Charging Solar Tuki by local teacher
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