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 - Support A Child, July 12

Mandira with her family.
Mandira with her family.

ECCA would like to express our sincere thanks to all our supporters, well-wisher and partners of GlobalGiving.

In the fiscal year 2011/12. ECCA provided 162 Scholarship to 16 community school students of Lalitpur district. To measure the effectiveness and benefits created by the scholarship program. consultation and feedbacks were collected from the school personals. The school’s official consisted of teachers facilitating the Nature Club, principal and vice principals. Upon evaluation, it was found that the students who have received the scholarship have started showing progress in their study along with the affinity towards extracurricular activities.

Mr. Hem Chandra Raigai (nature club mentor teacher of Yashodhara Bauddha Secondary School) stated that students have been motivated by the support and are concentrated towards their studies. Likewise teachers of Minnath lower Secondary School and Tri-ratna Cooperative School; Ms. Kalpana Kyastha, Principal and Mr. Krishna Man Maharjan; Vice-Principal respectively told that the students who used to spend their time on helping their families to generate income so that they could afford their studies and studying materials now have started capitalizing their free time for learning new things and doing the nature club activities. Engagement in the nature club has raised their understanding regards to the environment conservation and has led them for their personality development. The students have realized the power of team work, communication and leadership skills and know how needed for their well being in this competitive world.

“We are proud of our student as they have identified the growth path for themselves and even have paved the way for other students interested in similar kind of activities. Over all the school is getting showcased as the second home of these active students in the community and the reputation is created amongst the competitive private schools”, they further added.

On behalf of the students, schools and our self, we would like to express our gratitude and thankfulness to all our Donors for your continuous support which you have been providing us. In days to come we also seek for similar helping hand towards generation of smiley faces in the rural schools of the country.

Anita Lamichhane with her family
Anita Lamichhane with her family
Lalita Budhathoki with her mother.
Lalita Budhathoki with her mother.
Rasik Bolakhe with his mother
Rasik Bolakhe with his mother
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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