Shree Geetamata Nature Club being operated in Geetamata Higher Secondary School, Dallu, Kathmandu is one of the school among various institutions, where ECCA has been working with students to increase awareness on safe drinking water in the community. Various remarkable activities like street drama, rally, door-to-door programs, exhibitions etc had been performed by the students in past through nature club in their school and community. And, promoting safe drinking water is one of the themes among various others as a regular outdoor event of nature club as community service, which they have been performing regularly.
Mr. Bishal (Member of Geetamata Nature Club, grade 9), as an active member and leader of the team for implementing safe drinking water in the community gained several experience on promoting the campaign in the community. Through his past experience, he shares that implementing this program in the community benefited the students along with the community as well as created a bond between community members and the nature club. The program helped students increase their leadership skills, public speaking skills and decreased the shyness in students. Where as it decreased water borne diseases in the community members. The students got an opportunity to implement their learning’s from book to their day to day life where as the community members experience on how the teachers are teaching their students through interacting with them.
Mr. Rajendra (member of Geetamata Nature Club, grade 9) shared that he feels good and happy to share his knowledge about safe drinking water to his community people. His dream is to see his city as a safe drinking water zone city. He said it was really fun and also helpful to increase skills like communication, leadership, teamwork.
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On an afternoon at Kitini Higher Secondary School at Godawari, students of the Kitini Nature Club put on costumes and carried props to their school gate. It was neither Halloween, nor was it any special occasion. Yet, the group marched, followed by their classmates and other students, where they had earlier cleaned and set up some furniture.
An active member of the nature club, Sanju, along with her friends, were those dressed in costumes. Their out of place apparel brought giggles from the onlookers, but they just called on more of the students. Teachers, students and community members were called to see what was about to happen. Some were curious, and others, genuinely interested, while others still were beckoned by the costumes and the settings.
The nature club members were going to put on a show about the importance of safe drinking water. The street drama was going to show how people should adopt measures to ensure the water they were drinking were safe.
A housewife, her husband, his sister, the shaman, the doctor, her friends and a few other characters. When the housewife falls sick due to unsafe water, the husband and her sister-in-law are worried. But it could have been prevented after all. The drama was a gentle reminder to the people to be safe when it came to drinking water.
Although the students spread awareness via door-to-door campaign talking about WATASOL to the community members and encouraging them to be careful, the drama was an even bigger success. The members of Kitini Nature Club got a pat in the back for their attempt to reach out to their peers regarding a deep subject matter. This feat encourages them to keep at this path of awareness and practice.
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Fourth grader at Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School in Balkumari, Lalitpur, Kamal asks for a break from the class for an escape from the heat of the midday sun and runs with his water bottle to the drinking water tap. He rests his bottle in the side of the sink and below the ‘Drinking Water With WATASOL Treated by ECCA’ sign, he opens the tap, washes his hands a little and proceeds to drink his fill before filling his bottle. Satisfied, he trots to his class, smiling and bidding a short bye to the juniors who were drinking water at the other tap.
A couple of months ago, the school had only one drinking tap facilitating around 150 students from grade 1 to 8. In the smouldering heat, the children had to come and queue up in the sole drinking water tap till the end of their recess time. It was difficult and impractical, some frustrated children would just opt not to stand in a queue or drink water. Principal Mr. Ramesh Shrestha states, “Due to the lack of insufficient taps, the children suffered a lot. They used to quarrel with each other over whose turn it was to drink water. It was distressing to see them arguing like that.”
In the 3rd National Children’s Club Conference conducted in April by ECCA, two students from the school, Bimala and Dhiroj, had participated. It was an important participation for them, as they presented a proposal in the Knowledge Market Place about installing more drinking water taps in the school, which won Rs. 25,000. With the prize money, three taps, whose water was treated with WATASOL was installed just a couple of weeks earlier. Along with that, the school also set up a water tank for the extra taps. Shrestha shares that the excitement of the children drinking water without any quarreling was great to witness.
As Bimala comes to the drinking water tap with her friends for a quick refreshment, she looks happy. After a draught of the cool water, she goes back to her class, leaving an air of accomplishment behind her, evermore confident and sure of their success.
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ECCA has been organizing various programs so as to make the community aware on the need to use disinfected water for drinking purpose.
One of such community based activities is door-to-door campaign. In this campaign, school based children club members visit every house in their locality to convince the people. The students use flip chart, flyers, chlorine solution bottle, etc. One such activity was organized by Jalpa Nature Club, Jalpa Secondary School, Dhapakhel on 10th May 2014.
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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)
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