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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
Apr 7, 2016

Herbal Garden Competition; Through Hinders and Possibilities

Herbal gardening in school premises is one of the major activities of nature clubs in Southern Lalitpur, Nepal. After herbal gardens grown by clubs got destroyed, along with other school infrastructures, during the April earthquake of 2015, it has been very difficult to motivate students into re-establishing them. Herbal garden became a secondarily prioritized subject while the students were struggling to find a safe place to study. Now that the normal life is slowly recovering, ECCA held a meeting with nature club teachers and school representatives last month and thereby planned to organize Herbal Garden Competition this year among 9 of its project schools in Southern Lalitpur so as to encourage them to get involved into its re-establishment.  

Ever since the concept of the competition was circulated, the nature clubs are relentlessly trying to re-establish herbal gardens in their open school premises. “It is difficult to find a place again mainly because many schools were compelled to build Temporary Learning Centres across the compound during emergency period”, says one of the nature club teachers. Some nature clubs are also facing another problem - lack of water. In the present context, many villages have water access in homes but direct supply to the schools is absent. At some places, people have to fetch water from far even for the purpose of drinking. This absence of proper accessibility to water has brought difficulties in gardening the plants.

“Despite all these difficulties, I believe we can re-establish the garden”, says one of the nature club members. “It’s all about teamwork and effort, isn’t it?” His words have encouraged all to contribute for herbal garden restoration.

The timeline for the best herbal garden judgement and announcement of the winner is scheduled in the month of Sep-Oct, so students can have plenty of time to nourish herbal plants. ECCA hopes that this competition will once again bring nature clubs closer to the environment. 

20140609_094200Herbal Gardens provided both refreshment and greenery before the earthquake
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IMG_8479School Compounds being used to make Temporary Learning Centre to replace destroyed classrooms

20140610_140612Plant growth is hindered without water
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Apr 7, 2016

Preparatory Works

As per the agreement signed between ECCA and Khokana Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Committee (KRRC), the first phase of demolishing and debris removal activity is soon to commence. All the preparation activities have been completed. Approval from District Development Committee (the local Government) followed by the approval of Social Welfare Council (Government of Nepal) has been received.

There has been delay mainly due to the recent blockade at the border, the subsequent fuel shortage and non-availability of heavy machineries (back hoe loader, tipper). The partial effect of the blockade is still persisting in the market: the fuel market has not come to normalcy yet. However, the working environment has begun, though there is some inflation in the cost.

Regarding the identification of the clusters and the beneficiaries, the Khokana Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Committee has identified five clusters (pockets) of 20-30 houses each. The committee has proposed to start work from pocket 1 and 2.

Khokana Community and ECCA are very grateful for your support. We would still appeal to more and more people to support in rebuilding Khokana.

Please visit our blog site, facebook, website and YouTube channel to receive regular updates about our activities. 

Apr 4, 2016

Changing Lives of Girl Students

Girls toilet in Shree Bagh Bhairab Higher Secondary School in Chaughare, Lalitpur has been renovated with facilities to make female students comfortable during school hours.

The school lies in one of the most remote areas of Lalitpur district and the problem of latrine facilities was existing since some years. Especially during their time of menstruation, girls seek properly water-facilitated toilets and a place for proper disposal of used pads; in the absence of which, many choose to remain absent from the school.

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"Here, people are very shy to talk about menstruation. It is the reason why girl students tend to avoid school during such period" says a teacher

The recent construction has, however, become a solution for this problematic situation. Unmanaged drainage system of the toilets including the disposal area are now replaced with newly constructed pipe system from toilets to the septic tank and also offers a secure place for disposal of used pads (basically, an incinerator to burn the used sanitary pads).

“This action has benefitted over 90 girl students studying in the school and female teachers as well. We are glad we approached you for help”, said the principal of the school to ECCA.

Along with this, responsibilities for regular monitoring of water facility and cleanliness of the toilets has been taken by the school’s nature club. “As conscious and active bunch of the school, we have taken this initiative to maintain the school’s sanitation level. Here, we do our duties turn by turn”, shared one of the club members.

This has generated a sense of responsibility among young students. But construction of girl friendly toilet has most importantly encouraged girl students to attend school regularly and this, in itself, is a huge achievement.

ECCA thanks all its supporters for the help provided.

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Back side of toilet (right) before the construction

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After the construction of the incinerator chamber

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Incinerator; view from the inside

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