Safe Water for Healthy Nepal

 
$1,344
$48,656
Raised
Remaining
Feb 20, 2013

Safe Drinking Water Zone - Feb 2013

Safe Drinking Water in School
Safe Drinking Water in School

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.

Regards

Angel Chitrakar

Sr. Program Officer

angel@ecca.org.np

Water Tank for providing safe water for students
Water Tank for providing safe water for students
Traditional Water extraction system from Well
Traditional Water extraction system from Well
Nov 25, 2012

Thank you for your Support & Happy Thanksgiving

Students expressing their gratitude
Students expressing their gratitude

On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, we - ECCA Family would like to express our sincere gratitude towards all our donors, supporters and well-wishers for your continuous support in our initiation in serving the needy schools and students of Nepal towards finding a solution for safe drinking water.

A smile in the face of students is all that matters the most and consists the strength to change the world. Without your support we would not have been able to bring the changes.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for bringing the change in the life of needy students and in their schools.

We look forward to your continued support in the days ahead and request for your feedback, comments and suggestion regarding our program at ecca@mos.com.np so that we could implement our programs more effectively.

Sincerely,

Angel Chitrakar

Sr. Program Officer

ECCA

Sep 24, 2012

Project Update- Safe Water, Sept 12.

Students on Essay Competition
Students on Essay Competition

Seasonal greetings and I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude towards all our donors, supporters and well-wishers for your continuous support in our program. Without your support we would not have been able to serve the needy community in our country. During this quarter of year, we have been able to accomplish following activities:

On-The-Spot-Essay Competition:

As a celebration of “Environment day” “On-The-Spot Inter-School Essay Competition” was organized in Shanti Bhagwati Higher Secondary School Letang, East Nepal on June 5th and in Namuna Machindra Higher Secondary School, Lagankhel Kathmandu in June 16th. The competition was open for all the students studying in grade 6 to 10. The students were divided into 2 different categories according to their grade as Category I includes students from Grade 6 & 7 and Category II includes students from Grade 8 – 10.

Altogether 250 students from more than one hundred schools participated in the competition. Water related topics were given on the spot and 2 hours of time was allocated to write on that topic. The best three essays in each category along with the special recognition to one visually impaired student (who wrote the essay in Braille script) were declared on July 15 and prizes were given on July 23, 2012 during the ECCA Silver Jubilee Celebration Program.

Wall Painting:

A wall painting to remind the local people on using WATASOL for using treated drinking water was painted outside the school premises in various schools. This helps school to keep it as a centre point of attraction.

Extension of Program in Dolkha District:

Safe Drinking Water for Healthy Nepal Program was extended to Dolkha district (in August 2012).  Dolkha is a hilly district in central north region of Nepal. Two schools – Shree Maghgau Secondary School and Shree Kali Dhunga Higher Secondary School located in Mirge, Dolakha are now implementing this program. Training program on using chlorinator and awareness raising activities were organized in both of the schools.

Door to door and Poster promotion

20 Students from Harisidhi Nature Club and Kitini Nature Club organized a door to door program and Poster promotion program at their community to make the community aware about various methods of water purification techniques and promotion of WATASOL in their community. They visited houses in their locality and oriented each household owner regarding its need and importance to stay healthy.

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 needy community. 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

Program Officer

ECCA, Nepal.

Wall Painting for awareness
Wall Painting for awareness
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

Links:

Mar 27, 2012

Case Study: "Arun" - WATA Dai (Mar 12)

Mr. Arun "WATA Dai"
Mr. Arun "WATA Dai"

ECCA has been promoting WATASOL (concentrated sodium hypochlorite solution) as a water disinfection method to ensure the access to safe and treated drinking water in the rural areas as well as in different slum areas in the Kathmandu valley. During the process of promotion and information dissemination, youths were mobilized at local level in different community where water has always been scarce and are very vulnerable to water borne diseases. In due course of mobilization, Mr Arun Kumar Nepal has been hired by ECCA as a social mobilizer for the promotion of WATASOL in different slum areas in Kathmandu Valley.

Arun, also known as WATA Dai (Dai is known as big brother in Nepali language), is involved with 10 slums located in the periphery of Bagmati, Bishnumati and Dhobikhola river corridor of Kathmandu valley for the promotion of WATASOL. Water in slum areas has always been scarce and hence they collect water from any sources available without thinking about its safety. They are highly vulnerable to water borne diseases.

Hence, he does counselling to the people in the slum areas about safe drinking water and different water purification techniques. He conducts Door to Door Campaign in order to make people aware about the use of safe water, regularly monitors the usages of WATASOL and reminds them the effective use of WATASOL. He also does refill WATASOL for regular people in the slum areas.

As free residual chlorine (FRC) test after the use of chlorine and Coliform test of water is also an important part of ensure the safety of water being used in house, he also performs these tests as necessity. He carries few bottles of WATASOL with him everyday and sells them to the slum people as per their requirement. He also ensures that the users have put necessary amount of WATASOL in water or not. Usually his bag with WATASOL bottles weighs about 5 kgs and sometimes he has to carry the bag whole day if users don’t refill their bottle.

The people in the slum areas are convienced with the use of WATASOL and accepted as a medicine to disinfect contaminated water and take Mr. Arun Nepal as a social worker who has been devoting his time to improve their health. Hence, he has been renamed as WATA Dai in all the slum areas. Because of Arun – WATA Dai, people are sensitized towards different water related issues. They became aware that the uses of untreated water can cause many water borne diseases. And, therefore they take precautions before using water from any source.

As a result, above 1000 families of different slum areas are adopting WATASOL as simple and cheapest way to purify water before they use it. All those families support WATA Dai for his work in their areas and now acknowledge him as social mobilizer and social entrepreneur.

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 needy community. 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

Program Officer

ECCA, Nepal.

Water Storage and Distribution in Slum areas
Water Storage and Distribution in Slum areas
Use of WATASOL in Slum areas
Use of WATASOL in Slum areas
WATA Dai, interacting with women of slum areas
WATA Dai, interacting with women of slum areas
A Glimpses of Slum Area
A Glimpses of Slum Area
Water filtration system used in slum
Water filtration system used in slum

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Project Leader

Prachet Kumar Shrestha

Team Leader
Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal

Where is this project located?

Map of Safe Water for Healthy Nepal