For a country where 82% of people rely on firewood for preparing their daily meal, there is a huge pressure in the nearby forest and natural resources. Hence, in order to prevent the forest and natural resources, frequent plantation and its protection is an important activity to undertake. But, with the strike of Earthquake in April in Nepal, damaging & destroying residence of above 7 million people’s houses and institutional buildings, there is a high pressure being created in the surrounding nature and natural resources. Hence in order to prevent the possible environmental catastrophes, preventive measures like awareness and actions were initiated by ECCA.
A 3 day’s long “Conservation through Life Skill Activities Camp” was organized from 4th to 6th August 2015 in 5 different schools in Sindhupalchok District, which is one of the most earthquake affected areas in Nepal. The camp focused to aware children and student about the need of conservation through various activities like games and sessions. The sessions included sessions related with conservation education, WASH, Safe Water practices, Chlorine Uses, Leadership and Conservation games etc. On the 6th of August, a massive plantation program was organized with the involvement of 28 Youths volunteers from ECCA and 831 students from all the schools. A total of 1150 plants of various species – Juniperus Indica, Cinnamomim Camphora, Choerospondias Axillaris and Margosa were planted in various landslide areas, road side areas and open spaces around the school area.
All the students and volunteers from ECCA seemed very energetic towards the activities organized in the school and the community. The teachers expressed that the camp and plantation program organized were highly effective towards reducing the trauma among children and to preserve the surround nature and natural resources.
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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 and need renovation. When doing so, focus will also be made on the use of open space for herbal garden.
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:
The relief works are continuing.
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Aims Academy (which has grade 1 to 12) located in Lagankhel, Lalitpur, Nepal had initiated the herbal garden program in the year 2010. Though the available open space inside the school premises is quite limited, the students have well managed the garden. Student groups have been formed to work in the garden according to daily routine. Being interested, even the watchman is putting his efforts towards gardening. Around 15 species of herbal plants are preserved in this garden; some of them are Sarpagandha (Rauvolfia spilanthus), Alovera, kapur, lemon grass, etc. This school was awarded for having the best herbal garden in the year 2011.
Water scarcity is the major problem that people in Kathmandu are facing today. It is so, in this school as well. Despite the need to buy water, the school is watering the garden ….. whenever it rains, the school and students feel very happy that their herbal plants gets nourished. To put in the garden, the students themselves also prepare organic manure from the leaves and weeds.
Ms. Sunita Maharjan teacher and in-charge for herbal garden informs that all the students (those who spend time in tending the plants as well as other students) have benefitted. She adds, “The herbal garden helps the students to recognize and learn about the herbal plants. Students enjoy observing the plants grow, and also the greenery of the school is maintained.”
Though there are many difficulties in gardening in such a congested place, the school has made a great effort to maintain the herbal garden.
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On 23rd December 2014, a group of international delegates representing various schools of Bhutan, visited ECCA to observe and learn about the Herbal Garden program being implemented in different schools. The program was initiated with a sharing of introduction and objective of herbal garden initiative in schools by ECCA. Followed by a field visits to various schools, the guests had a meeting and interactions with the students to know about their experience in managing the garden.
With the visit of international delegates, the teachers and students were highly motivated and encouraged to maintain and manage the herbal garden developed in their school compound. The interaction of students and teachers were felt lively as there were two way learning between students as well as guest on various herbs and use of those herbal plants. A small surprise in the field visit was made when the guest were served with the tea prepared from the herbs grown in the herbal garden. All the delegates highly appreciated the effort and hospitality through utilizing the home grown product in serving them.
The students felt this visit of international guests as a reward to them for their dedication and commitment towards managing herbal garden in their school as it is very rare to have international guests visiting their school. Ms. Alisha, member of herbal garden coordinating team of AIMS Academy expressed “Thank you ECCA for supporting our herbal garden and selecting our school to bring international guest to show our initiation and activities. We feel this as a big reward for us towards our work and dedication in our school.”
Ms. Tshering Bhomo representing MOAF, Bhutan expressed “I really appreciate and admire the energy, initiation and enthusiasm that these students have towards managing Herbal Garden in their school. This really encourages me to replicate the program in the school where I am working in Bhutan. This field trip is really a good learning experience for me. Thanks to ECCA for organizing this trip and thanks to all the students for showing and sharing their herbal garden to us.”
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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.
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