Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal

 
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A devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25th April in Nepal claimed life of above 7,800 people and directly affected above 8 million people. Due to the destruction of houses in rural as well as in urban areas, people are forced to refuge in an open space. There is urgent need to provide basic needs (treated drinking water, food, medicine, tent, etc.).

New school session had just started, when the big earthquake striked on April 25. Due to this earthquake, many school buildings have been damaged. Before the earthquake, training program related with climate change and various adaptation methods was held for local youths and teachers from the south Lalitpur region.

After the earthquake, ECCA has mobilized youth volunteers in the community to provide immediate relief materials. Coordination is also being done with Nepal government, other civil society organizations, NGOs and international agencies.

A separate project has been created in the Global Giving Support Nepal Earthquake Relief

Initially, your donation will help to meet the survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, your support will be used to support longer-term recovery efforts.

Some of the relief activities carried out by ECCA are:

  • ECCA started production of chlorine solution (branded as WATASOL) from the very next day of earthquake. WATASOL production is being done by using all the available WATA devices, as per the technology developed by Antenna Technologies Switzerland. ECCA is distributing WATASOL in bottles of 60ml and 1 liter. WATASOL is tested for quality before distribution. Many volunteers came forward to support in the bottling and packaging of WATASOL. WATASOL has been supplied for use at the hospitals as well.
  • Water filters embedded with silver colloidal treated tulip filter candles have been distributed, which can filter murky water to remove impurities.
  • Self Help kits were distributed that contained helmets, wheel barrows, shovels, ropes and other tools essential to dismantle and manage the damaged houses.
  • Tents were provided to the needed families.
  • Medical camp has been set-up to provide treatment to the injured
  • Food package has been distributed

The relief works are continuing.

Thank you for the support you have been providing. Your generous donations are extremely valued.

We look forward towards getting your continued support, at this time of natural disaster.

Please follow us at   http://eccablogs.wordpress.com/   and  like our facebook page to get updates. We also look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works.

Thank you & Regards,

Palistha Shrestha

chlorine solution distribution
chlorine solution distribution
Self-help kit
Self-help kit
Tent distribution
Tent distribution

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) Kathmandu in collaboration with UNESCO New Delhi and The GLOBE Regional Coordination Office for Asia and Pacific joined with The Indian Environmental Society (IES) to organize a five-day UNESCO - GLOBE Learning Expedition in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal. The purpose of the event was to understand the effects of climate change in the region, to engage in field studies, and to explore the various UNESCO World Heritage sites located in Kathmandu.

The program welcomed 28 participants, from India, Sri Lanka and Nepal to Kathmandu and Pokhara from 8-13 January 2015.

From Kathmandu, the group traveled by bus to Pokhara, stopping enroute at the small town of Maleku where they initiated field studies using hydrology protocols on the Trishuli River. They collected data concerning the pH of the river water, as well as temperature, turbidity and conductivity. Participants discussed the importance of these protocols and the impact on the local environment. Biotic life and environmental conditions near the river’s periphery were also observed and discussed. While traveling, participants were also able to observe and learn about topographical variation and the type of vegetation in hilly areas and to observe the impact of the landscape on lifestyles of the villagers living there. The group arrived in Pokhara by early evening.

The following morning the group made an early ascent to Sarangkot to view the breathtaking view of the Pokhara Valley and the grand Himalayan Mountains. From this spectacular vantage point they discussed the geology of the region. Later that morning, the group visited Mahendra Cave, to see firsthand how water carves its way deep into the Earth, and to understand the geology and morphology of soil structure.

At Lake Phewa, the group took three hydrological parameters of water samples: temperature, turbidity and pH. The group also visited David’s Fall – where the water cascades from Lake Phewa to Gupteshwor Cave – where the water subsides into the Earth. At the cave, the participants also studied the geology of the cave and discussed how caves are formed through hydrological activity

While in Pokhara, the group also visited the International Mountaineering Museum, which provides firsthand information on the changing climate of the Himalayas and its impact on the lives of people living in the region. Viewing the documentary in the museum about life of the Sherpas (a tribal community living in Himalayas) helped the group to understand the culture of Himalayan people living in the harsh climate of the high hills. Information and insights about biodiversity and climate change of Nepal was an important take-away of this expedition.

Upon returning to Kathmandu, the group visited the Natural History Museum, where specimens of various insects and animals are preserved. Visiting the museum helped the participants to increase their knowledge and understanding of Nepal.  Dr. Dharma Dangol (Professor of Tribhuvan University) shared his insights about the local environment and the urgency of preserving wildlife diversity.

Visits to four UNESCO world heritage sites: Swayambhunath temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, provided a glimpse of the unique history and culture of the Katmandu Valley.

On the afternoon of the final day, a closing ceremony brought all participants together for final summing up of lessons learned; distribution of certificates by the Director of ECCA Mr. Yogendra Chitrakar; a presentation about the MGD School Rajasthan, India; and a performance of a Rajasthani song by the students of MGD School Rajasthan. The Nepalese participants shared activities from their Nature Clubs. A message from India’s Prime Minister, Rt. Honorable Mr. Narendra Modi was delivered by Ms. Agrima Verma. Prime Minister Modi’s personal message to the expedition participants, urging them to save the environment, was particularly affecting.

We thank you for your support and believing in us. Updates of our activities are also regularly posted in our Facebook page, Blog and on Twitter. We look forward towards your valuable response, suggestions and comments regarding our work.

Training children on Flood Early Warning System
Training children on Flood Early Warning System

For a mountainous country like Nepal, natural disasters related with landslide and floods are inevitable in any time period of the year. Hence, in order to prevent human catastrophe from various types of disaster, adoption of preventive measures is a must. This could be done through various types of social awareness activities to sensitize people and through installing hardware that will inform about the disaster that is about to happen.

Recently, ECCA in collaboration with other partner organization (SEE, Li-Bird/MSFP, ICIMOD) installed a wireless flood early warning system for the first time in Nepal. This is a low-cost and user friendly technology installed in Kaligandaki River located in Bhurung, Myagdi District in western region of Nepal. With the installation of the technology, training programs were organized from 9th to 19th December for relevant stakeholders and school students located in the periphery of the system installed.

The main aim of this training was to provide basic knowledge about causes & consequences of flood, advantages of ESW and to develop strong communication among the participation. During the training program, participants were shared about basic of Disaster Risk Reduction terminologies, Early Warning System components, equipment to be installed and EWS mechanism. Practical sessions with briefing about equipment (transmitter unit and receiver unit), methodology to install, assemble and disassemble system together with precaution measures in days to come were also share with the participants.

20 students from four different schools located in the periphery of the river were also trained about the system and its functioning. ECCA staffs facilitated the training through giving them presentation about the EWS, nature club formation & school environment. All students were exited by knowing about the EWS. The group discussion, paper presentation & different interaction program was done among the students. Students from each school also made the wall magazine & art competition was also done among the participants during the training program.

The students were exited to learn about the EWS as it was a first training of its kind that they had received in their school. They agreed that the flood early warning system is really an important technology for the community to save from disaster like flood.

We thank you for your support and believing in us. Updates of our activities are also regularly posted in our Facebook page, Blog and on Twitter. We look forward towards your valuable response, suggestions and comments regarding our work.

Thank you.

Angel Chitrakar

briefing visit for children on how technology work
briefing visit for children on how technology work
Explaining the linkage of Flood Early Warning Sys
Explaining the linkage of Flood Early Warning Sys
Training local youth and other stakeholders
Training local youth and other stakeholders
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.
Mr. Bipin - Testing Water Sample from Schools
Mr. Bipin - Testing Water Sample from Schools

Dear Supporters,

Thanks for your continued interest in helping us empowering our students towards learning climate change in Nepal. Funding to this project is currently supporting training for the students of 3 schools to learn various hydrological parameters in their locality. The training and study is blended with course work and students from grade 8 & 9 were trained to receive data's related with hydrology from their nearby water source. Along with this activity, a research was also conducted in the schools through mobilizing our staffs and volunteers to test various parameters of water being used in the schools. Lab test of the water samples being received from schools were also conducted in order to analyze the safety of water being used in the schools. Coliform, hardness, Ph, Turbidity, Salinity, etc were the main parameters that were tested in lab and the results indicated as the water to be safe. In few schools, the coliform tests were found positive hence, they were asked to use protective measures like chlorination or other proper technique prior to use of water for drinking purpose.

Thank you for your continuous help and support for our project. We would like to request you to share the information of our project within your friends and families network to expand our network. You can also receive regular updates on our programs and activities through our Facebook page, Twitter and our Blog Post. Do let us know about your valuable feedback and suggestions.

Thanks & regards

Angel Chitrakar

Testing Water through Coliform Vile
Testing Water through Coliform Vile
Coliform Vial water test
Coliform Vial water test

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Angel Chitrakar

Senior Program Officer
Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal

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