The following activities were conducted during January – March 2011
To uplift the awareness about the importance of Safe drinking water for healthy life and the role of WATASOL for it, a door to door campaign was conducted to the different areas. During the door to door campaign, ECCA had mobilized Nature Club students of different schools. Involvement of Nature Club students in the campaign will develop their skill in such activities and it was felt that they gained confidence to deal with the community.
Orientation on safe drinking water was conducted for women’s group of Lalitpur called Bhelachen Maa Pucha, Bhelachen, Lalitpur on 9th January, different local child clubs on 22nd January and Jagat Sundar Bwonekothi Secondary School, Kathmandu on 4th March 2011.
To share and to learn, modalities and best practices, a seminar on ‘Safe Drinking Water, was jointly organized by Centre for Mass Education in Science (CMES), Dhaka, Bangladesh and ANTENNA Technologies, Switzerland on January 17-19, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The aim of the seminar is to ensure a common mutual learning on the Pilot programmes for testing different business models for selling chlorine in Nepal, Bangladesh and India.
Previously Safe Drinking water campaign was promoted through Nature Clubs of the schools, Community Drinking Water Supply (CDWS) and individual entrepreneurs. But with the beginning of the year 2011 ECCA has been successful to promote WATASOL through women’s group. One of the women’s group called Bhelachen Maa Pucha, Bhelachen, Lalitpur has already started promoting WATASOL as a solution for safe water treatment in their area.
To enhance the visual impact, information boards were installed in different places like Letang Market Place, in front of Village Development committee (VDC), Letang, Morang, in Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School and Prabhat Higher Secondary School of Lalitpur. Similarly two flex were also distributed in each chlorinator implementing school. And posters were pasted in the project implementing area.
WATASOL stall: To raise awareness about water purification techniques among parents and community, WATASOL stall was placed in the schools during report card distribution as well as in different places.
Street Drama: During Khokana Mahatsav on 15th -17th January, Nature Club students of Tri-ratna Cooperative School had performed street drama in Machindra Bahal & Khokana on the theme “Importance of WATASOL in water purification”.
Documentary show: On 1st February, the documentary show on contamination of drinking water was held at Machhindra Bahal, Bungmati, Lalitpur. The objective of the program was to aware the community about the water related issues, the rate of water pollution and importance of its purification.
Community Interaction Program: Lalit kalyan Lower Secondary School and ECCA had jointly organized community interaction program on water purification techniques on 22nd February in the school. About 30 participants from the community along with teachers and school students had participated in the program. The participants were interested in WATASOL technology and shared their queries. The interaction made the program more convenient and effective and the experiences shared by the teachers helped to build trust. The interaction program was followed by a drama show presented by the students of the nature club on importance of water purification.
Mick Minard (conservation + communications) from U.S visited ECCA and developed communication tool (a visual narrative) for ECCA.
Similarly, Christophe Menigault from Cause A Effect visited ECCA and developed video and article on how ECCA is promoting chlorinator technology in Nepal.
World Wetland Day: On the occasion of World Wetland Day 2011, door to door campaign on safe drinking water was conducted on 2nd February to the community of Dhapakhel area. The program was followed by visit to Nagdaha (one of the wetland) and sharing about different environmental issued on wetland.
World Water Day: Similarly, on the occasion of World Water Day 2011, different programs such as Water Walk at different Stone Spouts of Lalitpur, water classroom visit located at Yasodhara Bouddha Sec School and documentary show was conducted on 22nd March. In the program counselors, volunteer and Nature club students had participated. Sharing on different water related issues’ including importance of water purification was also done during the program.
To share the experiences and problems during different promotional activities of WATASOL in the community, an interaction program was organized between 15 Nature Clubs of different schools, on 1st March. 48 participants from these clubs had participated in the interaction program. Problems along with the possible solutions were discussed during the program
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