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
Oct 16, 2016

Counselors in action; raising safe drinking water issues in Kathmandu valley

As the Kathmandu valley faces rising cases of cholera, ECCA has been organizing more community awareness programs related to safe drinking water. Since the past few weeks, ECCA counselors are actively engaged in conducting safe drinking water programs at vulnerable parts of the city to bring up issues of preventive actions.  The programs not only make communities aware about safe drinking water, but it also intensifies youth involvement in raising community issues.

Pratik , new ECCA intern shares his experience of organizing WATASOL stall with senior counselors at Mangalbazar, Lalitpur, “As visitors approached us with curiosity, we explained them about the recent outbreak of waterborne diseases. As one of the solutions to making drinking water safe, we presented WATASOL, a chlorine solution that disinfects unsafe water.”

About 100 people visited the stall over one day. He further expressed, “I was surprised to see how cooperative people were. In my view, people were pleased to find a solution that could help them protect their family from being sick.”

blog.jpgSujan, one of our active counselors, who organized another WATASOL stall at Manamaiju Village shares,  “Since WATASOL was new to the villagers, they were not sure about using it at the beginning. As we explained about water pollution and water quality testing techniques, they were shocked to hear that their daily consuming water is so polluted. Some of them agreed to use WATASOL and some of them wanted to confirm the water quality (they took home coliform testing vial for water quality testing purpose). Overall they seemed clear about our motive and we are happy about it. We hope our action will bring positive change and awareness in people and thus promote healthy life.”

blog3.jpgWATASOL stall at Manamaiju

A street drama was also conducted by ECCA in collaboration with Amarapur Community Learning Center (CLC) at Bungamati village, where counselors performed to address drinking water issues and also rising cholera cases. WATASOL stall was placed by nature club members of Tri-Ratna Co-operative Secondary School.

5.jpgStreet drama at Bungamati being conducted in collaboration with Annapurna CLC

As we attempt to make communities aware about safe drinking water issues, we expect positive outcomes and behavioral changes in the people.

We thank you for your continued support.

Sep 30, 2016

Nature Club unites students to rebuild herbal garden in Malta

“You reap what you sow.”

Bal Batawaran Nature Club of Shree Kali Devi Higher Secondary School of Lalitpur has been working hard since April 2015 earthquake to re-engage fellow school peers into creative activities. Now, three months long hard work of the club to rebuild school herbal garden is finally showing positive outcome as the garden is slowly flourishing back.

The garden was in ruins with the construction of temporary classrooms (which were built after the collapse of previous classrooms). Since then, the club has worked hard to bring all students together to re-establish the garden. Because of less fertile soil within the garden premise, the club also brought fertile soil from outside to plant herbal saplings.

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Club members water the plants after school

“We have been watering and looking after the plants every day after school classes are over”, shares a nature club member. “Following discussion within the club, now each of the class is rotationally looking after the garden. Especially, class 8, 9 and 10 are active in garden protection”, shared Mr. Govinda, the nature club supervisor.

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Herbal garden in care 

The garden now has over 20 local species of herbal plants. Among them are Acorus Calamus, Cymbopogon citrates, Justicia adhahota, Ocimum sanctum etc. The garden is slowly rejuvenating and the club is hopeful that it will be as beautiful as it was once.

We thank you for the continued support.

Sep 27, 2016

Incinerator and Pipeline support in Shree Udaya Kharka Secondary School

Incinerator at the back of the toilet
Incinerator at the back of the toilet

ECCA recently provided support to make girl friendly the newly constructed toilet of Shree Udaya Kharka Secondary School, Chapagaon. 178 female students and also six female teachers are now benefitted by this construction. The toilet is now equipped with pipelines for proper water facilities and an incinerator to properly dispose the used sanitary pads.

“It is the first time that we are staying at school comfortably during our menstruation period”, says 12 years old Devika, a grade 8 student. The hesitation to attend school during menstruation period had adverse effect on their studies that directly contributed to dropout rate increment in the school.

According to the teachers, construction of girl friendly toilet has become very effective and regular attendance of students has now increased. “Attending the menstruation awareness programs has made students more careful about menstruation and menstrual hygiene”, shares Ms. Gyanu, one of the teachers. She adds, “now the problem of sanitary pad disposal has been solved since there is incinerator (attached to the toilet) to burn them.”  Previously, girls had only one option; to haphazardly throw the used pads in the toilet and that obviously brought more problems. Admitting to the problematic situation, 13 years old  Srijana, one of the students says, “because of the water facility, the toilet has also become very helpful in maintaining our personal hygiene.”

The support has provided motivation for female students to attend the school regularly. Hundreds of girl students are now motivated to go to school with the construction of girl friendly toilet in schools. We are indeed very thankful for your donations that are helping to make this possible.

Devika and Srijana as they share toilet benefits
Devika and Srijana as they share toilet benefits
 
   

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