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
Nov 27, 2015

Engaging students in Herbal Garden

Herbs like Sarpagandha (Rauvolfia spilanthus), Aloe Vera, Satavari (AsparagusRacemosus), Kapoor herb (Cinnamomim Camphora) etc  are being grown and preserved by the students. But the species obviously differs according to the physical and climatic factors influencing the environment as well as chemical composition of the soil. By establishing herbal gardens, students say that they havefelt closer to the nature. They have learnt the essence of medicinal value of herbs and what it takes to nourish them into healthy plants. It is also a matter detailed planning, tasks allocation and teamwork along with being a source of inspiration to fellow students.

But it is not only students who get benefitted. Everything feels productive when most of the teachers respond as "Seeing our students work together and create a healthier school environment for all inspires us as well. Even we get to learn as much as them and it encourages us to create herbal garden in our homes as well."

Lemon Grass grown in Herbal Garden by students

Lemon Grass grown in Herbal Garden by students

However, the April earthquake caused huge devastation destroying number of herbal gardens along with the school buildings. Nature club members are in the phase of renovating herbal gardens once again. To inspire that generation of youths even more, ECCA is planning to award those with best herbal garden in upcoming days. We are grateful to all who have been supporting us in this regard and for those who want to help will be welcomed as ever. For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please visit our website, Facebook, Blogs & Youtube Channel.

Thank you!

Upama Tamla (Rai) - Media Associate, ECCA

Nov 24, 2015

SafeWater for All - An Account on Refresh Training

 

Besides conducting broad level community workshops regarding safe drinking water procedures, ECCA prioritizes the engagement of school and students by taking nature clubs into its wings. Nature clubs include a group of young and willing youths who work for establishing an eco-friendly and healthier environment. Besides focusing on activities like establishing herbal gardens, they are also trained to maintain school decorum for improving their hygiene status, conduct varieties of other programmes such as intra-school competitions and even community outreach programs involving health issues. Along with similar WASH related responsibilities, the clubs are assigned to make effort for providing safe drinking water to the whole school. With partner organizations such as Antenna Technologies, ECCA has been providing equipments for chlorination (a water disinfectant technique) so that the nature clubs can produce WATASOL themselves and bring it into use.

Refresher Training for Students on Safe Water

Refresher Training for Students on Safe Water

As each club welcomes new members every year, ECCA has also made provisions to provide interactive refresher training frequently with an objective to give them a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge regarding the proper use of chlorinator and the benefits they can acquire from it. In such manner, the efficiency of nature club in regular production and use of chlorine is increased and this naturally brings a decrease in possible water-borne health hazards ensuring a safer living environment for students and community as well. Since the recent earthquake has further led to making the issue of drinking water more sensitive, it is even more necessary to prioritize this sector of health.

"Training is a part of building yourself stronger and more confident in what you aim to do. It doesn't matter how many times you take the same training, you have to perceive it as a new topic every time so that you can take more into you. This way you clear any doubts that might arise in the future, isn't it?" said Ms. Manisha, ECCA Staff who regularly facilitates refresher training in schools.

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Ms. Manisha, ECCA Staff, guides a student to test free chlorine in Oracle English Medium School

"The status of drinking water in my community is not that good and I have always wanted to do something about it. Now, I feel capable of producing WATASOL on my own and the convince the people in my community to use it for safer health. Thank you ECCA for always supporting young students like us ", responded one of the participants of Oracle English Medium School after a refresher training program held there in October.

Students @ using Sanitation Corner

Students @ using Sanitation Corner

For being able to come this far, we thank all our donors and supporters. We hope for your continuous support in upcoming days. Only then, we will overcome the existing challenges regarding drinking water in Nepal.

[For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please visit our WebsiteFacebookBlogsite,Twitter and YouTube Channel.]

Thank you!

Upama Tamla (Rai)- Media Associate, ECCA

Nov 24, 2015

KEDRIN-Update

Debris Cleaning at communal area
Debris Cleaning at communal area

The Gorkha Earthquake and the two large aftershocks that followed have devastated Khokana and its rich heritage. The town was turned to rubble: 812 houses have been completely destroyed and 355 houses are partially damaged. In total, approximately 80% of the houses in the town are no longer fit for human habitation. It was fortunate indeed many people were on their farms when the earthquake hit, resulting in lower fatalities than might have otherwise been expected.

People have been moved into temporary shelters, living behind their ruined and unsafe houses which are being used to store food and animals. With the help of the local government and few local resources, the dunes of the collapsed houses that was blocking the movement has been cleared. However, the houses that did not felt down during earthquake but completely or partially damaged are still standing as a risk to the health and lives of people.

The objective of this project, to demolish buildings damaged by the earthquake and remove associated rubble and debris to allow regeneration of the community to begin is still relevant. Therefore, in line with the process and work flow, ECCA had series of discussion and meetings with the community and the local committee “Khokana Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Committee (KRRC)” to carry out the demolishing and debris removal activities. It was agreed with the committee that the work will be carried out phase wise with the availability of the fund.

The committee and the ECCA have signed a brief MoU for a year to carry out the activities with distributed responsibilities, in the month of October. It was also agreed to start the first phase of work as soon as possible. Process is being started with the identification of the cluster and the beneficiaries for the first phase. However, further delay is expected starting demolishing activity due to an economic blockade in Nepal: fuel shortage being the major reason.

Nonetheless, we are very grateful to the people who have heartily supported and supporting the cause. We would still appeal more and more people to support rebuilding Khokana.

- Ram Maharjan

cleaning the communal area
cleaning the communal area
 

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