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
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.
Apr 23, 2012

Case Study - Support A Child - April 12

Susma Bista
Susma Bista

Shree Minnath Adarsha Shikya Sadan Secondary School is located at Tangal, Lalitpur District, and is dependent on government fund for its operation. Although government of Nepal has announced free education for the students till grade 8 and government is supporting the schools for the operation cost of school, students need to pay admission and examination fees in school because, the funds allocated by the government is not enough for the operation of school administration. Sushma Bista (13 Yrs), studying at grade 8 at the same school is one of the student who has been supported through Support-A-Child Campaign being initiated through ECCA. She has been supported with her educational materials (books & Stationery) and her partial school fees. She is among one of the talented student studying in her class. Sushma is the elder daughter in her family. She has one younger brother of 10 yrs of age and one younger sister of 13 yrs of age. 4 years earlier, Sushma's father left home without telling anything to her family members and doesn't knows anything about him. Hence, her mother Mrs.Mandira Bista is the only person, struggling to earn some money to maintain their family of four through selling vegetables at the local market. Sushma helps her mother regularly in her earning activities, and in the times when her mother fells sick, she is in intense pressure with the earning works as well as performing her regular school studies and works. Even though with the hard works selling vegetables in the market, Sushma's mothers earnings is insufficient to afford food, shelter and education for all the three kids. Hence, the deteriorating economic condition of her family, she circumstances forced to leave her education as her family could not pay her school fees and afford to purchase for the educational materials. Considering her capabilities, talent and her family & social economic condition, school teachers requested ECCA to support for Sushma's education. After consideration, Support-A-Child Campaign supported Sushma with her educational materials and school fees so that she could resume her education. She seems very happy that she could pave the way for her education and step towards the direction for her bright career. We wish her success in her study and in every step of her life. We would also like to thank all the donors, well-wishers and GlobalGiving team for making us capable to support such a needy student to change her life. We still need and hope to do a lot in the days ahead. And we anticipate the same type of cooperation from you all. Thank-You-All.

Susma Bista in her classroom
Susma Bista in her classroom
susma Bista with her friends
susma Bista with her friends

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