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 13, 2014

Fighting All The Odds: Raising Hope

School girls with
School girls with 'tuki' on their way.

Technological advances has the human race reaching new heights. There’s nothing that we don’t know of. Developments in the sector of technology, banking, fashion and ideas are changing the way we live. We want it all, and we want it more. Like our developments, there is no limit to what we want.

Far away from all of this in the Glauthok and Wakran villages in Chitwan where road, electricity and health posts haven’t yet found its way, residents are living an almost nomadic life. Comparatively. Small traditional houses, maximum of two stories, minuscule windows that barely let the light pass in the room, and an attached animal shed. Here, animals are as important as your meals as they are the only source of income of some families. When ECCA went there for its ‘Light For All’ Campaign, staffs were appalled at the situation. No one had attempted to spare a glance outside the window into the infinite opportunities.

One of the main enemies of development is illiteracy. To fight this problem, government has established a fair number of schools in the area. Its accessibility is another story, but students venture to walk even a couple of hours to go to their schools and be educated. By the end of the day, the students would be exhausted and for the effort they put, no good result is harvested. There is no light at night to study with. Parents, too, hesitate sending an extra pair of hands to two-hour worth of exhausting walk away to get education that will not be useful. So what could’ve been done?

The objective of distributing solar ‘tuki’ in this area was not to bring drastic changes. This was to merely fuel the fire that the residents had in them. As per the strategy, students were given a solar ‘tuki’, stationing the mass charging device in the school. So students, obliged by the ‘tuki’ and their studies, would attend the school. This is not the first place this idea was implemented. But the results were heartwarming. Then, tattered clothes and lack of facilities barely mattered. Light a match, light the kindle – the residents of this forlorn place only needed someone to tell them that they can do it. It’s only a matter of time, before they will accomplish what had seemed impossible.

Your support means a lot to these people. Wakran and Glauthok aren’t the first place where our project has brought hope to, neither will it be the last. And please, let us not stop here. We express our sincere gratitude for your help and look forward to your suggestions regarding our works. For more updates, visit our Facebook page, Twitter, Blog and YouTube Channel, along with our Website.

Thank you!

A woman with
A woman with 'tukis'.
A boy charges his
A boy charges his 'tuki' at his school.
Oct 6, 2014

Bringing a Wasteland to Life

Students dig to bring the wasteland into use.
Students dig to bring the wasteland into use.

Sushila peeked outside the classroom. The sun glazed landscapes of Mirge made the impression of being from another time and place, making her wish her class was a little bit more interesting than it was. Her classmates and the teacher had the usual spectacle going on; the teacher was talking about a particular subject that she found was more interesting yesterday than it was today while her classmates agreed, non-verbally. As much as she was a part of it, she couldn’t help thinking about the events scheduled for the coming week.

Sushila is a member of the Nature Club of Laligurans Bright Future English Boarding School in Mirge and would be participating in ‘Herbal Garden Training’ program organized by ECCA. The objective of the training program was to help the teachers and members of nature clubs of four participating schools in Mirge kick-start herbal garden in their school premises. Sushila was both curious and enthusiastic about the program. In a way, this was exactly what she had been looking for. Different from the regular classes, new faces were teaching her about a subject that she had seldom thought about would be introduced in her school. She wanted to know what exactly this would be.

The process started with collecting the participants and planning. It was a bit overwhelming at first, as she had little idea to go about it. When she looked at her friends for help, similar quizzical gazes were reflected on their faces. All the squinting first brought on chuckles, but after a while, when the importance of the program was explained to them, Sushila got serious, like the rest. Planning and implementation was next in line and the work was divided between Sushila and her friends. Without further ado, they were committed into the work they were assigned to – all to convert the dumping site behind their school building into a pleasant garden.

As they dug the ground, planted and watered the saplings, Sushila was proud of her work. She took mental notes of what had to be done with the plants, as her muddied hands dug and created space for new plants to breathe into life. Sushila wanted to let her family know of what they had done that day, and even lend her experience for the work at home. She had toiled with her friends to make a land that had been at waste bring back to life and she was encouraged by the idea to do more. For her, this was one of the definite ways of making her school more interesting.

Students like Sushila should be given an opportunity about things that will make them enthusiastic about learning. We thank you for the help you’ve been providing us with, and request you to spread the word about our projects, so that many more Sushilas may find in them the determination to do something more. Your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our work are highly appreciated. For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please visit our website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Channel and Blog.

Thank you!

Sachi Mulmi

Student making placards for the plants.
Student making placards for the plants.
Sushila watering the plants.
Sushila watering the plants.
Planning for a change: The wasteland before work.
Planning for a change: The wasteland before work.
After the conversion of the wasteland.
After the conversion of the wasteland.
Sep 26, 2014

Going Global While Learning About Climate Change

Kalsang and Sanju during their presentation.
Kalsang and Sanju during their presentation.

With a lot of excitement and expectations, Kalsang from Mt. Kailash Higher Secondary School, Kapan, Kathmandu and Sanju from Kitini Higher Secondary School, Godawari, Lalitpur, along with a teacher from Mt. Kailash School and three staffs from ECCA went to participate in the GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) in New Delhi, India.

The program, that saw the participation of around 300 students from 32 countries, was a valuable platform for the students to learn and exchange the experiments they have been doing. Kalsang and Sanju were no different. Already, there was an excitement of being in a different country among peers of different nations, plus learning new things directly with the experts added extra value to it.

A month prior to the event, Kalsang and Sanju started preparation for the presentation that they were supposed to do. Their presentation was a study about the effect of urbanization in Karmanasha River in Lalitpur. As the duo carefully practiced and went over the tiny details, one could feel their excitement and nervousness. After all, just doing the research isn’t enough; you need to be able to tell people about it, too! And they did exactly that.

During their presentation at the program, Kalsang and Sanju were successful in letting the audience know about the study and also answer queries regarding it.

Next came the poster presentation and eco-engineering products exhibition; with the theme of water conservation and preservation, the posters were beautiful and gave meaningful messages about it. Kalsang painted a couple of pictures for which Sanju did her bit by helping him. The visitors at the exhibition were duly impressed by the paintings about water conservation. One particular painting caught the eye of everyone and Kalsang, the painter, was asked to submit it in competitions! Encouraged, Kalsang then moved on to explain about the safe drinking water situation in Nepal, which was in a poor condition.

Kalsang and Sanju used this rare opportunity to know more about their fellow counterparts from other countries, their research, presentations and about their country in general. The exhibition and presentation was a great way to know what was happening in the countries. With an active interaction with the many students present there, the duo believes that their knowledge about the global environment and conservation method has been broadened.

The program also aimed to engage the GLOBE scientists and alumni with the students for the experiments. In the third day, students were taken to the field for mapping the study sites. Kalsang and Sanju were in the group that was to observe the atmosphere and soil sites in the hotel grounds. Dr. Narendra Das, SMAP Satellite Mission Research Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and GLOBE Scientist instructed them in their observation, along with other noted scientists. The next day, their group got engaged in mapping land cover and atmosphere sites at Nehru Park in Delhi.

Despite the hot Delhi weather, the students strived to learn more. The enthusiasm they generated fueled each other to learn more, nonstop.

The intention of GLE is to enable and engage the young minds towards conservation of the environment by making them observe the minute to drastic change in it. This program intended to gather schools from different countries at one place to share the activities they have been doing and at the same time, adapt ideas that could help in their own projects. This has been a great experience for the duo, who well represented the activities conducted in Nepal in this global platform. Needless to say, Kalsang and Sanju will be sharing the experience with their peers in their respective schools. This will, unquestionably, help in their quest to learn about the climate and environment more.

Your donations ensure such extraordinary opportunities for these students who are hungry for knowledge. We thank you for the support you’ve provided us and would request you to keep on blessing us in our effort to take the students in a good path. We share information of our programs and events in our Facebook page, Blog and on Twitter. Do check them out for more updates. Feel free to write in your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our work.

Thank you.

Sachi Mulmi

Media Coordinator

ECCA

During the exhibition - with a GLOBE Scientist.
During the exhibition - with a GLOBE Scientist.
During the field - with a GLOBE Scientist.
During the field - with a GLOBE Scientist.
Sanju being instructed on the field.
Sanju being instructed on the field.
Dr. Modi explaining during the field to students.
Dr. Modi explaining during the field to students.
Preparing for the poster and exhibition setup.
Preparing for the poster and exhibition setup.
With Dr. Desh Bandhu.
With Dr. Desh Bandhu.

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