With the increasing awareness programs and activities related towards implementations of safe drinking water campaign, clear and common vision among all the key stakeholders will support towards achieving a desired outcome. Hence, in order to develop a common vision and understanding towards need of safe drinking water and its promotion in local communities through students and women’s groups, a one day vision workshop was organized in Bungamati on 21st February 2014. A total of 27 participants from key stakeholder’s representing women members from Bhokha Women’s Group, students and teachers from Tri-Ratna Cooperative School and Zing Boarding School had actively participated in the program.
Mr. Rupendra Maharjan – resource person on appreciative inquiry and visioning supported us to facilitate the workshop. A vigorous discussion on the topic towards “How Bungamati Community could be developed as a Safe Water Zone” was discussed in the program. Group discussions, sharing of experience, understanding and insight regarding what people could and should do for the declaration of safe water zone was done during the event. The workshop supported the participants to generate new ideas, proposals, concerns and questions which will support to achieve to meet the objective for the declaration of safe water zone.
It is my first time participating in these types of training. And this program is very fruitful for me because it taught me a lot about why do we need safe water in our community and how to get it. I will share my learning from this training program with our other members in our group. – Ms. Ashta Maya Tuladhar (President – Bhokha Women’s Group).
Students from our school are very active towards the implementation of Safe Drinking Water program in our school as well as in our community. They organizes lot of activities like placing stall in local community, organizes door to door campaign etc targeting to aware locals towards the need of safe water in day to day life. This workshop supported our students along with us to develop a common vision and the direction in which we should act on to declare our community a Safe Water Zone. Thanks to ECCA for organizing these type of valuable workshop for us. – Ms. Mamita Shakya (Teacher)
We would like to thank you for your continuous support towards implementation of our program and helping us bring change in the life of citizens of Nepal. Please share the information of our program within your families and friends to gather more support. Also do like our Facebook page to get updates regarding our activities and follow us on Twitter to get our tweets. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.
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Senior Program Officer
Information dissemination plays a vital role towards awareness on different issues and changing habits which will ultimately impact the day to day lifestyle of people. Hence, as a part of information dissemination to public on Safe Drinking Water Campaign, wall paintings were done in seven different schools located in Kathmandu valley as well as in rural areas. With the day to day visibility of the message through wall paintings, people are continuously aware regarding the requirements of use of safe drinking water in their day to day life, ultimately changing their habit and lifestyle.
Along with information dissemination, availability of infrastructure for a particular purpose also plays an important part towards changing the habit and lifestyle of people. Hence, as an infrastructural support to the students in order to make them accessible towards safe drinking water, water dispensaries including water jar’s were supported in six different schools mentioned as follows:
Nature Club members add chlorine solution in jar for providing safe drinking water to the students of their school. “Installation of water dispenser with jar in different location of school had made us very easy access to safe water during the school operation. Previously, it was very hard for us to use chlorine as we required to climb up in he water tank, which is also very risky for us” – Suraj Tamang, Nature Club President of Kitini Higher Secondary School.
THANK YOU for all your support towards bringing change in the life of students and people of Nepal. Please help sharing the information of our activities within your friends and families in order to bring change in the life of rural people.
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In the last week of August, I had a visit in the slum area located at Bansighat of Kathmandu District. Mrs. Sita and Mrs. Meena seemed to be very happy when I went to their house. Their happiness is due to the use of Tulip Water filter which was distributed in the month of Feb and March. “Thank you very much for supporting us through providing the filter. Now a days, we feel very safe towards using our water for drinking purpose. We don’t have to deal with the issues related with water born diseases and now we also do not need to spend much of our energy for treating water” Mr. Yadav, a resident of slum area located in Shantinagar of Kathmandu expressed his views when we mate after 6 month from the distribution of Tulip water filter in the slum area.
Ms. Sarada, a social worker advocating for improving living standards of workers in Brick Kilns expressed “The use of Tulip filter had really helped the people towards accessing safe and clean drinking water. Prior to that, the workers in the Brick Kilns didn’t use any water purification system and as a result, we used to provide medication for various water born diseases. But, now we are focusing in other issues than water born diseases”.
As school requires high volume of water for the use by students, we are also promoting Chlorination as an effective water treatment method. 52 schools of various locations are now using chlorine solution for treating water in their schools. As we are promoting the technology to produce their own chlorine solution in their school through simple electrolysis method, the demand of transferring this technology is increasing. Hence, we are increasing the frequency of training programs and orientation programs for the production and use of chlorine solution in school for students and teachers.
We would like to express our gratitude for your belief in us and supporting financially in our activities and campaign to promote safe water for all in Nepal. Furthermore, I would like to request you to share the information of our project and request your friends and families. GlobalGiving is hosting September Fundraiser event in this whole month. Hence, we seek support through spreading out the message of September fundraiser and help us achieve our target very soon through securing additional funds.
We hope for the same type of support in the days to come ahead. Please like our Facebook page to get updates regarding our activities and follow us on Twitter to get our tweets. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.
We all believe that, quality of drinking water is a matter of serious concern. It is also one of the key factors contributing to high mortality of children and high medication cost to prevent infectious disease in adults. As a result of use of contaminated drinking water, frequent outbreak of water born diseases is heard in news published through various media. The people of slum areas and brick kilns are the most vulnerable and affected group due to the use of unsafe and contaminated water. Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation, poor structural quality of housing and overcrowding makes the condition even worse. As a result, they are forced to heavily rely on turbid, contaminated and unsafe groundwater source – accessed through digging wells and accessing water through tubewell. This practice is creating high risk in the health condition of the people in the slum and brick kilns. The result of a water testing organized in these areas indicated the presence of bacterial contamination of fecal coliform.
Analyzing the condition, ECCA initiated to promote ceramic filter also known as Tulip Filters in these areas. The tulip water filter is designed as a point-of-use filter in households which is impregnated with silver in order to increase the bacterial removal efficiency and to reduce the recontamination risk of stored filtered water. These filters are economic in use with simple techniques and high turbidity removal capacity.
In the month of Feb and March, ECCA distributed Tulip filter in 25 household of Slum areas and 40 Household of Brick Kilns in Kathmandu Valley. Approx 300 people living in these houses are directly benefited through the distribution and use of filters. Through your support, the proper use of these filters by the households, ensures safe health of members in the family and improve the daily living condition of urban poor in Nepal.
We would like to thank you for your continuous support and believing and supporting us in our campaign. Because of YOU, we have been able to bring changes in the life of needy people in Nepal. Furthermore, we would like to request you all to share the information of our project and request your friends and families to donate on 12th June 13 (Wednesday). This particular day is very important for us because, GlobalGiving has announced this day as GG Bonus Day. Hence, of the total donation received in all the projects from 9:00 AM on this day, 40% of additional amount will be matched by GG until it’s US $90,000 budget is completed. Hence, your support through spreading out the message of bonus day will help us achieve our target very soon through securing additional funds.
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ECCA has been organizing different environmental and educational program in different schools of Nepal since its establishment in 1987. Among them, Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School of Bholdhoka, Lalitpur, Nepal has set an example of a model school in the community. After implementing ECCA’s Safe Drinking Water Campaign, the school has been declared as “Safe Drinking Water” zone. But few years back, it was not like that.
The issue of water and sanitation in school is one of the most important aspects. In Nepal 6.5 million people still do not have access to drinking water and more than 10,500 children die each year due to preventable water and sanitation related diseases. Every year, a large number of school children fall prey to water-borne diseases like diarrhoea and gastroenteritis. Unclean water leads to more deaths each year than war, and causes 80 percent of the world’s diseases. Almost all schools in Nepal receive their drinking water from nearby public water supply system or their own on-site well.
In Lalit kalyan Lower Secondary School there was severe scarcity of water. Hence ECCA supported the school for the construction of well to solve water crisis in the school. But the well water was very turbid and contaminated which was not suitable for drinking purpose. To make well water drinkable, bio sand filtration and chlorination facility was added in the school.
Nowadays a group of nature club students are producing chlorine in the school and are using it to disinfect drinking water. Water Quality Test of the school is done every six months and it was found that all the physical, chemical and biological parameters are within Nepal Standard. 17 staffs and 200 students get benefit from Safe Drinking Water Campaign in this school. Besides that they are also promoting safe drinking water in their community.
Mr. Ramesh Shrestha, principal of the school has stated that there is decrease of absentees in school due to the sickness related to water borne diseases. He also reported on improved knowledge on safe drinking water among students.
ECCA has been successful to some extent in improving hygienic environment of school by providing safe drinking water and creating awareness on use of safe drinking water for better livelihood.
Thank you all for your continued support and valuable contribution. We look forward towards receiving your feedback and suggestion.
Sr. Program Officer
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