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 1, 2016

Monitoring Solar Tuki effect in villages of Chitwan

ECCA conducted Solar Tuki Follow up Program in schools of Kalitar, Chyeuding, Gundi and Loling villages in Chitwan district from 6th-9th September, 2016, where solar tuki lamps and multiple chargers were distributed 3 months ago.  The main objective of the visit was to observe the effectiveness of tukis in the lives of local people. Since solar tuki management committees were also established during the distribution time, their effectiveness were also analysed during the monitoring.

Interaction meetings were held with the community people, where people expressed their individual views and feedbacks regarding the solar tuki. With solar mass charging stations placed at schools, parents opened up to the fact that they now have to send their children to school for charging the tukis, which is undoubtedly helping in child education.

“Solar tuki is a very easy lamp, which can be taken anywhere at any time. It is very beneficial for our study and we can even charge them even during holidays”, expressed one of the students in Gundi. In fact, the school attendance has also increased according to the teachers.  

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Feedback meeting at Rastriya Primary School, Kalitar

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 Manamaya, who sits to study at night after her household chores are over

Traditional kerosene lamps are now not used in the village.

In case of any problems regarding functioning of solar tuki, they are repaired by local technicians (who were trained by ECCA during tuki distribution).

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Local technicians repairing solar tuki at Tikashwori Primary School, Cheuding

Children and community of Chitwan are moving a step forward in education and technology accessibility. In fact, ECCA will continue to help similar marginalized areas and people where solar tuki can make a positive impact. We are grateful for all who have been supporting us in this regard.

Nov 1, 2016

Good Riddance to a Girl's Embarrassment!

Shree Kalidhunga Higher Secondary School lies in Mirge of Dolakha district. It is one of the many schools in the area receiving aid from ECCA, since past few years. Sabina Tamang, aged 15, is a student of class 9 in the school. She also happens to be an active member of the Children’s Nature Club at her school. Her house is situated at 800 meters radius away from the school. Her younger sister, Sabita and she commute to school daily on foot.

According to Sabina, her school lacked any kind of separate toilet for girls, a year ago. This used to cause a lot of uncomfortable situations for girls her age in the school. “I used to skip school during the time of my menstruation. It is difficult to change sanitary napkins, when you have to share a common toilet with the boys” is what Sabina had to say. She shared with us incidences of when boys did not understand the issue and teased the girls and just how uneasy that used to make the girls feel. “There were many other girls who used to skip school during that time of the month, just to escape the embarrassment of having to use a common toilet or get teased by one of the boys,” said Sabina.

Having to skip classes and missing out on academic progress was not for the likes of an A-grade student like Sabina, who is a staunch believer of going home and revising everything that has been taught in the class. “I did not like missing out on my classes but, I had no other choice, at that time,” recalls Sabina.

After receiving help from ECCA, the school now has two girl friendly toilets, for the ‘School Environment Improvement Program' conducted by ECCA in the vicinity.

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Girl friendly toilet with incinerator at the back

“I feel very relieved now that we have these female friendly toilets. I don’t have to skip school during my menstruation days anymore,” said Sabina with a smile across her face.

Menstruation should not result in absences and girls missing out on an education due to completely preventable reasons. Just by constructing girl friendly toilets the positive impact of the project could be witnessed. Due to the efforts of ECCA the female absentee rate has declined, since the construction of the girl friendly toilets, according to the schools records.

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Toilet is well equipped with water facility, Sabina during her school hours

Sabina shared that many of her friends have also stopped missing school and are very glad with the newly constructed toilets. “I am glad my younger sister will not have to face the difficulty I went through, when she hits her puberty. She will not get teased by the boys, now that things have been made more comfortable for us. I would like to thank your organization and supporters for educating and supporting us with this,” Sabina smiled with a sigh of relief.

We are also very thankful to you for helping us support students like Sabina and improve school environment of Mirge.

Oct 28, 2016

Every solved problem is a lesson learnt

Children in village school
Children in village school

“If you are planning for a year, plant rice. If you are planning for 10 years, plant trees. If you are planning for 100 years, educate your children.”

As the saying goes, conservation and education should go hand in hand. With this concept, we founded our organization Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) 29 years ago. With thousands of children being deprived of quality education and safe health in Nepal, it was important to accelerate school development together with conservation when we first started our journey in the path of better conservation and livelihood. Children, education and schools became our topmost priorities along with environment conservation strategies.

Our aim lied in creating sustainable learning environment for maximum children in rural areas. Our initiation ofSchool Environment Improvement Program took shape as the work proceeded.

The campaign Support A Child – Help Child Go To School & Study was linked with the School Environment Improvement Program, to motivate students to come to school. Needy students were provided scholarship materials and we trained young people so that they could help school children form nature clubs within their school. We thought everything was going well. Students, especially nature clubs, were trained on different environmental, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and developmental issues. With those clubs regularly approaching communities for awareness programs, we thought the cycle of sharing knowledge – from experts to the youths to school children and finally the communities – was unending. The number of school attendees was increasing in our project schools. Nature clubs had become the strength of the villages we worked in. However, after some time, we felt that something was lacking.

Nature club members were graduating every year. Even with regular programs for new members of the club, it was getting difficult to boost newer children to remain active in the club. The earthquake further dispersed the strength of children and our effort of sustainability of school environment improvement fell to lower level. As we conducted support programs for students and teachers, we discovered that we had yet to approach larger community of school stakeholders for sustainability of our school environment improvement program.

All the schools had School Management Committee (SMC). But, Parents Teachers Association (PTA) was lacking. We helped to establish PTA in many schools and conducted trainings for both the stakeholders (SMC and PTA)and saw to it that they held a common voice for progressive development of children. Approaching government officials related to education made us realize that they were even more influential. Soon, we had all the stakeholders making a joint effort for school development.

Today, we are happy to say that our effort for school environment improvement has paved a new path for effectiveness and sustainability. We have on site motivating agents of stakeholders, who motivate nature clubs and students, saying that their actions were important and they could help change their community.

Involving all the stakeholders in school environment improvement programs has, in fact, become part of the key to sustainable school environment improvement.

Thank you everyone for trusting us and supporting our organization to create impactful effort in education and conservation.

Beautification of school compound
Beautification of school compound
 
   

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