Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

1. ECCA will be a Model Professional Volunteer Organization (PVO) dedicated towards natural resources management 2. ECCA will organize programs so as to secure children's sound ecological future 3. ECCA will support the development of conservation related entrepreneurship

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
Wise-use House Jwagol, Kopundol
GPO Box 9210, Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal
Lalitpur, Bagmati 44600
Nepal
+977 1 5553870
http://www.ecca.org.np
 BRIDGE Number: 0522994610

Chairman

Prachet K. Shrestha

Management Team

Yogendra Chitrakar, Anil Amatya, Rabindra Khatri, Labeshwor K Pokharel, Kumari Shrestha, Bipin K Shrestha, Rabindra K. Shrestha, Manisha Godar, Upama Tamla Rai, Shailena Sthapit, Dipesh Gurung, Ram S Magar, Rudra B Shahi, Raja Babu Dangol, Uddab Bhujel, Ashish Karna, Mukesh Karna, Laxmi Basnet, Devi P Ojha

Board of Directors

Prachet K Shrestha, Amala Tuladhar, Sidhi Bajracharya, Yogendra Chitrakar, Ashta Prajapati, Kabita Thapa, Merina Ranjit

Project Leaders

Prachet Kumar Shrestha

Mission

1. ECCA will be a Model Professional Volunteer Organization (PVO) dedicated towards natural resources management 2. ECCA will organize programs so as to secure children's sound ecological future 3. ECCA will support the development of conservation related entrepreneurship

Programs

ECCA has been implementing various programs and projects in different areas of Nepal, which are as follows: Conservation Education and Community Development The objective is to enhance environment awareness of individuals and to generate a sense of awareness amongst children at an age when they are receptive to ideas and inculcate in them a love and appreciation of nature. It also aims to undertake community development activities so as to raise the quality of life through wise-use of available local resources. To achieve the objective, ECCA had initiated - Formation of students environment club in the schools Various small-scale school based and community based activities (such as installation of chlorinator device and paper recycling prototype, distribution of composting bin, construction of drinking water distribution system, installation of improved cooking stove, construction of toilets, etc.) - Trainings for the youths, students and other community members on the local environment issues and their role for the betterment. - Trained school children training other school children on environment issues Promotion of Alternate Energy The objective is to make positive impact on the standard of living through the integrated approach of community mobilization and technological intervention. - Installation of solar photovoltaic water pumping system to replace the diesel-engine water pumping system (which were not in operation because the villagers were unable to afford high operation and maintenance cost) at three locations in eastern Nepal - Improved Cooking Stove Program - Promotion of Solar lamp to replace kerosene wicked lamp Improving School Environment in Nepal The objective is to improve the basic environment of schools, since the lack of proper school environment is one of the main causes of school dropouts (especially of girl students). It is envisaged that enrollment of the students will also increase when facilities (like water, toilet, greenery) are improved in the school. Classroom management and relationship among children, teachers and community also plays an important role in improving the school environment. In the schools where this program has been launched, students are doing good job - like monitoring school compound, toilets, fast food shops, managing open spaces and preserving plants. The program has also helped the teachers on teaching technique and practicing different ways to make aware children on environment issues and to change their behavior. This type of program can develop the positive attitude and vision on children and community to improve the environment of the village as a whole. The children are the leaders of tomorrow. Whatever they learn today, they expose tomorrow. So, we should be particular in transplanting positive attitude amongst them. Enhancing the Livelihood of the Minority Mushar Community in Sanaitha VDC, Siraha Mushars are a so-called low-caste community, who have been given the name "Mushar" because of the fact that they used to maintain their living by catching and eating the rats (local name "Musha") found in the open field. After the construction of the road connecting East-West highway to Siraha Headquarter, the Mushars were resettled in around 70,000 square feet of land in Sanaitha Village with the help of Mr. Krishna Charan Shrestha (Social Worker) and German Nepalese Help Association (GNHA). In the village school the participation of Mushar children is very low or almost nil in view of the fact that they are not treated well by other so-called upper caste people. Because of which, they also have inferiority complex. After the resettlement, one Mushar teacher had been assigned to teach the Mushar children basic lessons informally (i.e. not through formal schooling procedure) - which is being done under the open sky (i.e. no shelter is available). ECCA has initiated a package program so as to Create Better Social Environment, enhance the livelihood and develop infrastructure. As part of the overall program, teachers were appointed and trained, a school building was constructed and other trainings implemented. The permission for the primary level school (till class 5) was obtained from District Education Office, GON in February 2006. Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives through Grassroots Participation Most parts of the country has well-established Community Forest with clearly identified mandate for sustainable management. But the management of Community Forest has loosely incorporated Biodiversity Conservation initiatives in its Guideline and Community Forest User Group's (CFUG) Operation Plan (OP). Therefore, ECCA has, now, adopted a vision to extend its scope in implementing the conservation awareness level into real practice through eco-friendly mobilization of Natural Resources which will not only incorporate biodiversity conservation initiatives into their implementing The project targets to build capacity of concerned government and partner agencies: CFUG and other grassroots level local NGO/CBO to manage sustainable natural resources that will initiate effective conservation of biodiversity through conservation based management on priority species of the corridor. Building close coordination between communities, local bodies, government line agencies and concerned stakeholders of cross boundary area will further strengthen the conservation of key species in the Kanchenjunga-Singalila corridor by enhancing their capability on protection, monitoring and mitigating threats to conservation. Human Value-based Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education In collaboration with UN-HABITAT Water for Asian Cities Programme, "Human Value-based Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education (HVWSHE)" was implemented, with the following components: (a) Policy support through revision of existing curriculum, and incorporation of HVWSHE in teachers' training manuals; (b) Piloting of HVWSHE in selected schools; (c) Establishing water class rooms at selected educational institutes; (d) Capacity building of government officials, principals and teachers; (e) Developing sample lesson plans for primary, secondary and higher secondary classes; (f) Preparing education materials and other IEC materials; (g) Providing functional WATSAN facilities and services; and (h) Disseminating information through workshop and IEC materials. Simple Alternative Water Disinfection Program Most of the rural areas suffer from lack of treated water, ultimately suffering from various waterborne diseases. Among various water disinfectants, Chlorine solution (or sodium hypochlorite) is the most effective chemical compound which destroys and inactivates micro-organisms and pathogens in water. This project is based on knowledge transformation so once it is adopted; people can easily operate the new technology. The schools and communities will get better option for the purification of drinking water - which is socially and economically viable. This project is focused towards producing chlorine solution locally from concentrated common salt solution. The produced chlorine will then be used by drinking water users' committee and by the students/teachers (in their school) and their families to treat water for drinking purpose. Once treated water is used, health condition will improve; thereby enhancing the livelihood of the general populace. Earthquake Recovery Works Immediately after the devastating Nepal earthquake of April - May 2015 (which claimed life of around 9,000 people and directly affected above 8 million people), ECCA conducted relief distribution of tent, tarpaulin, food materials, chlorine solution to disinfect drinking water, helmet & tools to salvage goods from the damaged house, solar lamp, jerry can, water filter, etc. Thereafter, ECCA initiated the recovery and rehabilitation works targeting the school system: Construction of Temporary Learning Center in the schools Distribution of school bag, copies, pencil, erasure, dot pen, dress to the school students Distribution of game materials, white board, first aid kit, books to the schools Distribution of water filter fitted with nano-silver treated ceramic candle (which can remove bacteria, turbidity and protozoa) Distribution of solar lights Safe Drinking water related program (to prevent the occurrence of water borne diseases among students and in the community adjoining the school) Life skill orientation (to relieve stress of the traumatized children) Repair of damaged water and sanitation infrastructure in the school

Statistics on Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2015: $421,000
  • Annual Budget for 2006: $182,563
  • Other funding sources: Various contracts Fund raising
  • Religious Affiliation: None
   

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