Immediately after the earthquake, for a month, ECCA focused its resources in relief works. Thereafter, ECCA started focusing on recovery and rehabilitation works. As ECCA has been working through the school system in the past years, now also, ECCA is focusing its post-quake recovery and rehabilitation works through the school system and reaching the adjoining communities.
After the earthquake, as per the government of Nepal announcement, schools re-opened from 31st May. Since then, in the period of 3 weeks (till 20th June), ECCA conducted WASH and Life Skill Camps (3-days each) in 17 schools located in Lalitpur, South Lalitpur and Kavre. All of these camps targeted all the students (from class 1 to 10) in the schools, by dividing them into 4 groups (grade 1-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-10). The ECCA team consisted of 4 to 6 trained counselors (depending upon the no. of school students).
Under WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene), students were briefed on the need to use safe drinking water and various water disinfection methods (with specific reference to use of chlorine solution) so as to prevent the occurrence of water borne diseases (Note: there is high risk of occurrence of such epidemics after natural disasters).
Under the Life skill, focus was on helping students overcome the earthquake trauma through different educational games and activities. It is essential to relieve children’s stress and motivate them to come to school (even if they need to study in make shift sheds / large tents / large tarpaulin). (Note: Due to the damage incurred inside the school and their house, due to many earthquake aftershocks, due to human casualties among their relatives and friends, many students are in a state of shock and are mentally disturbed.)
In addition to the camps, education materials (copy, pencil, erasure, dot pen) were distributed to all the students in those schools. Due to the destruction of their houses, students have lost their books, copies, stationeries (in their house debris), including other materials.
Sabita, student of grade 9 in Goth Bhanjyang Higher Secondary School Dalchoki, South Lalitpur says “The depression that I had due to the damage caused by the earthquake, and the fear that I had when coming to school (which is also partly damaged) is now reduced after attending the camp.” Students who were reluctant to work in group activities in the beginning participated actively in later sessions. The number of students attending the school also increased after the start of the camp.
Coordination was done with the school management, when selecting the schools for the camp. The school teachers were also very supportive and participated in the camp activities. The teachers observed that the students were more active and outgoing as the camp progressed. Due to lack of educational materials, the school conducts very limited extracurricular activities. Thus, the activities taught in the camp were very advantages to the students.
We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in our initiation of relief and recovery activities after earthquake. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the earthquake affected students.
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. Before the earthquake, campaign was going on to convince the parents (specially from the rural area) to enroll their children in school. ECCA was also participating in this government led campaign.
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 GlobalGiving 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.
Thank you for the support you have been providing. Your generous donations are extremely valued.
We look forward towards getting your continued support, at this time of natural disaster.
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There is no doubt that Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) plays a vital role towards the cognitive and physical development of a child. The activities organized in ECDC through using various educational materials and games materials helps children to develop their brain along with increasing their socially networking skills. But, the ECDC’s being operated in various locations lacks proper facilities and enough educational materials in the centre, hence challenging the role of ECDC in child development. Hence, in order to extend our support towards ECDC, a day workshop on 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) was conducted on 31st January 2015, Saturday in ECCA hall.
The workshop was organized to raise funds for supporting painting activities in an ECDC established in Shree Mahakaleshwor Primary School located at Chitpol-6, Sanga through the “Support -a-Child” Campaign. The workshop also intended to aware youths on 3R concept and to share the role of ECDC in child development and its contribution in our society. Through this workshop, we also deliberate to increase the role of youth and their contribution in community based social organization like ECDC.
The practical sessions like paper recycling, reusing and discussion on reducing paper waste during the workshop helped the youth participants towards understating multiple aspects of 3 R Concept. All the participants enjoyed making paper from paper pulp, paper basket and weaving paper bags on their own. The games played during the workshop helped the participants to get along with each other and create a harmonious environment among the participants. The fund raised through the registration of participants,
Ms. Toya Homa expressed “I loved how the entire program was operated with the 3R theme and for a social cause i.e. support a child campaign. Games were the biggest highlight of this workshop. Not only were they entertaining, it was also the perfect medium to break ice between the participants. I would love to be part of your program again.”
“I enjoyed the program till the end. I learned what actually can be done from the waste papers. The program was further made exciting through games and dance which gave us zeal throughout the program” said Mr. Suyash Shrestha.
We thank you all for believing in us and supporting our initiation towards providing better education for the students of rural Nepal. Please help us spreading the words in your friends and families network. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments on our work. Frequent updates are also posted in our Facebook, Twitter, Blog and Youtube Channel related to our programs and activities.
It is an accepted fact that these days people totally rely on computer technologies for communication and acquiring information. It is often heard from the gossips of people around that printed materials usage are diminishing everyday due to advancement in information technology through computers. Also, students all around the world are found well equipped with individual laptops, personal computers and advanced gadgets. Even a decade ago, in the context of Nepal, technology had not taken its pace the way we are experiencing now. On one side, there is a remarkable improvement in information technology, for instance, the students of private boarding school, they are familiarized with English language and computer education right from the early age whereas the situation in government supported schools are not up to the level when compared with each other.
Without any biasness, the situation of education and the use of information technology is same as mentioned above in one of the government supported urban school - Shree Minnath Aadarsha Shikshya Sadan Lower Secondary School in Lalitpur District. But, through 'Support-A-Child” campaign being initiated by ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness), this situation of school is being facilitated to bring some positive changes. International Volunteer, Ms Anna Waters from England, initiated to create a microproject titled “Provide Six Computers for Nepali School Students” in order to overcome the technological barrier being created between the students and technology. The support being initiated in the school is believed to provide knowledge and skills on information technology education and computer education for the students of grade six, seven and eight. The computer distribution program in the school is going to be organized in 21st November 2014.
We strongly believe that this activity will definitely help the students in order to raise their computer skills and english education in the long run and eventually make them competitive to face any challenges not only in the national level but also in the international level which otherwise would be really very difficult in the world of technology and english speaking environment in today's context.
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As part of the Support a Child campaign, a volunteer from England, Ms. Anna Waters has been conducting English language classes to school students in Lalitpur. Anna started her semi weekly classes at Shree Minnath Aadarsha Shikshya Sadan Lower Secondary School in April 2014. Every Monday and Tuesday, she goes to school at around 9 am and teaches English to the students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Since this school is a government-managed institution and classes are taught in Nepalese language, it was initially difficult for her to get through to the students and encourage them to learn the language. The students didn’t understood English, and were very shy to communicate with their new native English-speaking teacher. However, the children were quick to learn and have taken to their English classes with great enthusiasm.
In grade 7, where Anna has been teaching English, students are hard-working and dedicated to their studies. Pabitra is a particularly diligent student who puts in all her effort when doing her homework. Anna comments, “She is a very good student: she speaks very well and attempts to improve her English language skills. In fact, she is one of the top students in the class. And she strives for more. The spark in her eyes when she learns something new catches fire and there is nothing that can stop her from learning more then.”
Dacchina is another dedicated student. “All of her work is of a very high standard and she takes her work very seriously,” Anna shares. Ever since Anna came to teach, students like Dacchina and Pabitra have been improving their English rapidly. She feels that it is, ironically, partly due to the language barrier. “English is the only language we can communicate in so they have to make special efforts to make that possible,” Anna comments.
The students’ English classes have had positive effects on their other studies as well – students had been struggling with their computer education, which is mostly based in English. Since they started learning more about the language, however, they have been showing signs of improvement in their I.T. knowledge.
Unfortunately, despite the students’ best efforts to increase their I.T. skills, the school lacks the equipment which they need to be able to study effectively. The entire school has only four computers for around 150 students and only two of them are currently working. At least four children are forced to share one computer. This further complicates the situation, as now the enthusiasm of the children is suffering and their frustration is clear. As the students do not have computers at home, they are dependent on their I.T. classes to be able to learn the skills they will need for their future education and careers. Without sufficient computers at school, students are having great difficulty gaining these vital skills.
In response to this situation, Anna has initiated a micro project where she aims to raise US$2,000 to buy six computers for the school. The micro project’s name is ‘Provide Six Computers For Nepali School Students’, and it is being run in conjunction with ECCA’s ‘Support a Child’ campaign. Anna believes that this project will greatly help the students to continue improving in their studies and computer education.
Can you help to support this initiative? Your support will, as always, help these students to be able to stand on their own feet. Your donations for Provide Six Computers For Nepali School Students will be extremely valued.
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