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
May 31, 2016

School Improvement Visioning Workshop for School Stakeholders

With an objective to unite school stakeholders for sustainable development of the schools, ECCA recently conducted 3 days long workshop in Mirge, Dolakha. The training welcomed over 32 participants from 8 schools. Envisioning of common goal and strategy development were the highlighted issues of the training. The training participants were representatives of School Management Committee, Parents Teachers Association, School Principals and child club supervising teachers. 

One of the progressive situation brought by the training was the opening of a platform for women and parents to put their views forward in terms of school development plans. "By reviewing current status of the school, we were able to make a vision statement of our school and I am very glad I am a part of it", said of the female participants. All the schools pledged to give their best to make it come true. "Sharing our ideas and success stories has motivated us to unite and work for betterment of our schools."

Along with visioning activities, WASH sessions on safe drinking water, water pollution, personal and menstrual hygiene, and importance of girl friendly toilets in schools helped each participant to be more conscious about the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene in the schools.

The training brought a change in the Mirge village. Next, ECCA aims to facilitate the trained schools to implement the school improvement plan effectively and efficiently. For more updates, please visit our Blog site,  Facebook,  Twitterwebsite, and YouTube Channel.

 

IMG_7333Facilitator Ms. Shakya (standing) listens to a participant during an interactive session
IMG_7337ECCA Program Officer talks about development issues
IMG_7560Group discussion
IMG_7576"Here's how development can be sustainable.."- a participant speaks out 
IMG_7415Learning through games
May 28, 2016

Sanitation facilities help students attend school

Separate toilets for boys and girls including proper hand washing basins were re-constructed in Shree Bagh Bhairav Secondary School soon after the April earthquake.

The school is located in one of the remote areas of Lalitpur and many students have to walk for miles just to reach their school. The earthquake completely destroyed boys' toilet whereas girls’ toilet, though unaffected, was in a state of minimal use due to lack of water facility and sanitation. Students sought out for alternatives, which even included going to nearby forest. “It was very difficult for us when these toilets were not maintained as they are now”, shared one of the girl students. “When we were on our menstruation period, staying at home was not an option, it was a compulsion.”

The problems have now been solved. Recognizing the difficulties faced by students and teachers, toilet construction was started as soon as the school approached ECCA. Along with the boys' toilet, existing girls' toilet was remodeled with an incinerator, which is used to burn used sanitary pads. “This action has benefitted over 255 students studying in the school and teachers as well. We are glad we approached you for help”, said the principal of the school to ECCA.

Responsibilities for regular monitoring of water facility and cleanliness of the toilets has been taken by the school’s nature club. This has generated a sense of responsibility among young students. But, most importantly, construction of toilets has encouraged students to attend school regularly and this, in itself, is a huge achievement.

ECCA thanks all its supporters for their help.

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Boys’ Toilet during construction

 

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Girls toilet after the construction of the incinerator chamber

(For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please visit our blog site, Facebook,website, Twitter and YouTube Channel.)

 

May 26, 2016

Role of Solar Tuki in Education Improvement

While the loadshedding hours (for the electricity supplied from the government utility company) continue to increase in Nepal, many children are facing difficulties in keeping up with their grades in school. Currently, Nepal faces 10-11 hours of loadshedding in a daily basis. The consequential effects brought by this situation in national economy is often highlighted; however its effect on education of children is hardly addressed. 

Loss of homes,  infrastructures, weakened financial state and lack of immediate accessibility to alternative energy sources after the earthquake had made the situation worse especially in rural areas. 

To encourage young children in their education after the earthquake, ECCA had provided over 1500 solar tuki lamps (along with solar panels) in different schools of earthquake affected villages and the tukis are now growing to be more useful than ever“It has been around 9 months since my children received this tuki in their school. Seeing my children study during night with this tuki makes me happy”, said one of the parents of Lalitpur district last week. 

IMG_4537Rasila, a grade 10 student, studies for her School Level Examination in Malta, Lalitpur
IMG_4542Rasila's mother gives fodder to animals with the help of tuki
Rasila is thankful to us and we are thankful to GlobalGiving and all our supporters / donors. Your continuous contribution has helped us improve hundreds of students' lives. 
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