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 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
Nov 23, 2015

Witnessing Wonder of Solar

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“I weave baskets for livelihood. Solar lights have been helping me to make baskets at nights since four months. This is a huge accomplishment for me and my family.”
Mr. Man Bahadur, Chaughare, Lalitpur, Nepal

On July 27, 2015 solar lighting systems were distributed in Chaughare VDC of lalitpur district. ECCA, along with support from Wind Power Nepal Pvt. Ltd. had distributed the solar packages where each one comprised of two solar bulbs, one solar panel and a radio system. They were distributed to 16 highly needy households especially with old and disabled people where they give maximum benefit.

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After 4 months, we visited families in Chaughare and in Dalchowki to see if the light is really helpful to the beneficiaries or not. One of the houses we visited was of 69 years old Man Bahadur in Chaughare. With three children and seven members in his family, weaving baskets is his only occupation to support his family. His house was severely damaged by the April earthquake. Since then he along with his family have been living in temporary shelter made of zinc sheet. Initially there was no electricity and they had to struggle at all times. The solar lighting system distributed by ECCA was a solution for their problems. When asked about how much relief it has provided to them, Ghunga happily answered saying how much of a help it has been for them. He said,”The solar lights help us when there is load shedding. The bulbs give very good light and they are durable. We don’t have the better option than this. It has been one of the essential things to use in our daily life. The best thing is don’t have to wait for the electricity to charge it.” He sincerely thanked ECCA and all the organisations that provided his family such reliable technology.

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Ms. Manisha, a recipient of solar lighting system in Dalchowki.

Not only him but every household we visited was very grateful towards us. Regardless of whether they use it in the stable, for housework or for weaving baskets, the solar lights have proved to be a boon for all. Most important thing is that children use it for studying. “I wish for the prosperity of ECCA and I hope it supports us with our needs in the future as well” said Ghunga while giving us farewell. His words made us feel that it was definitely worth to help needy people as him with solar lights during critical time of their lives.

ECCA would like to thank you all for your support for enabling us to make a difference and bring hope and smile in the life of needy people. Please share our stories within your friends and family network so that we could reach to more and more needy families. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works.

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Thank you & Regards,

-Denis Janker, Mukesh Karn, Upama Tamla

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Nov 6, 2015

SafeWater for All - An Account on Refresh Training

Refresher Training for Students on Safe Water
Refresher Training for Students on Safe Water

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.

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.

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.

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Thank you!

Upama Tamla (Rai)- Media Associate, ECCA

Students @ using Sanitation Corner
Students @ using Sanitation Corner
 
   

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