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 5, 2015

Engaging students in Herbal Garden

Planting Ginger in Herbal Garden
Planting Ginger in Herbal Garden

Today's young generation is indulged in the glory of magnifying technological advancement, a breach between human kind and nature. When minds are constantly diverted to alluring factors of modernization, engaging this generation of youths towards conservation activities such as preserving indigenous plants and creating a greener environment isn't an easy task. But it isn't impossible either. With sheer motive of luring young students towards undertaking herbal knowledge, the concept of training enthusiastic members of pre-established nature clubs was a leap towards herbal conservation in Nepal. Now, ECCA has managed to provide trainings and engage students in establishing eco-friendly herbal gardens in above 40 schools all over the country.

Herbs like Sarpagandha (Rauvolfia spilanthus), Aloe Vera, Satavari (AsparagusRacemosus), Kapoor herb (Cinnamomim Camphora) etc  are being grown and preserved by the students. But the species obviously differs according to the physical and climatic factors influencing the environment as well as chemical composition of the soil. By establishing herbal gardens, students say that they havefelt closer to the nature. They have learnt the essence of medicinal value of herbs and what it takes to nourish them into healthy plants. It is also a matter detailed planning, tasks allocation and teamwork along with being a source of inspiration to fellow students.

But it is not only students who get benefitted. Everything feels productive when most of the teachers respond as "Seeing our students work together and create a healthier school environment for all inspires us as well. Even we get to learn as much as them and it encourages us to create herbal garden in our homes as well."

However, the April earthquake caused huge devastation destroying number of herbal gardens along with the school buildings. Nature club members are in the phase of renovating herbal gardens once again. To inspire that generation of youths even more, ECCA is planning to award those with best herbal garden in upcoming days. We are grateful to all who have been supporting us in this regard and for those who want to help will be welcomed as ever. For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please visit our website, Facebook, Blogs, Twitter and YouTube Channel.

Thank you!

Upama Tamla (Rai) - Media Associate, ECCA

Lemon Grass grown in Herbal Garden by students
Lemon Grass grown in Herbal Garden by students
Nov 5, 2015

We Build for Her

Survey Visit @ Girls Friendly Toilet at Badalgau
Survey Visit @ Girls Friendly Toilet at Badalgau

"We build for her"

Are girls not privileged to getting quality education as all other children? Should girls drop out of their school because they can't get proper water and toilet facilities when they go through tough period of menstruation? What is the solution?

In the life time of a woman, she will have a total of around 3,000 days of menstruation. For her basic schooling period which range from Grade 4 to 10 the number of such days is 450. At remote schools, menstruating girls face problems such as inadequate water for washing, lack of soap, safe disposal of pads and non-functioning or insufficient toilets. As a result, they often choose to stay home and eventually they drop out of school.  Research shows that in Nepal, the dropout rate of girls  is 7 percent in primary level and 11 percent in secondary level (class 10).

Hence, with an objective of bringing a decrement in dropout rate of adolescent school girls, ECCA has been constructing girl friendly toilets in remote community schools of Nepal. The successful construction of girl friendly toilet in Shree Gothbhyanjyang Higher Secondary School of Southern Lalitpur reported that the number of girl absentees is lesser as compared to before. The provision of proper water facility, facilitated toilets and solutions for disposal of pads has definitely encouraged female students to attend schools. Now, ECCA has reached to constructing similar girl friendly toilets and proper sanitation corner in Binayak Bal Lower Secondary School of Badal Gaun, Kavre as well. The construction of toilets is already in its final phase and soon they will be ready to use.

"We do have toilets in the school but they are not as well-facilitated as the ones which are in the phase of construction. I think it is very nice that every girl in our school won't hesitate to attend school when they are having their period", said one of the student.

Besides this, ECCA regularly provides informative sessions on WASH and menstrual hygiene to help students adopt healthy behaviors and be more open about things as menstruation.

Lastly, we thank all our donors for your continuous support. Its your help through which we have been able to make a difference. We hope for the same type of support in the coming days.

Do visit our Facebook Page for updates on our activities and follow us our Twitter and Youtube. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.

 

Upama (Media Associate)

Sanitation corner supported @ Binayak School
Sanitation corner supported @ Binayak School
Oct 27, 2015

Water and sanitation facilities developed in Mirge

Water tank under construction in Kali Devi School
Water tank under construction in Kali Devi School

The recent Nepal earthquake damaged the water and sanitation related infrastructure in Kali Devi Secondary School and Majh Gaun Lower Secondary School, both located in Mirge Village, Dolakha. Through the support of ECCA, reconstruction work of the water related infrastructure is going on in both the schools.

Ms. Kaplan, student of Kali Devi Lower Secondary School shared “because of damage to the drinking water station during the earthquake, we had to drink water from tap located inside the toilet. Now all students are happy, as they will soon be able to drink water from a new 1,500 liter capacity water tank.”

Mr. Dhurba shared “students are suffering from different diseases because of poor sanitation and drinking water facilities. Through the help of ECCA, the school is constructing sanitation corner, where students can do proper hand washing after using the toilet. We will keep towel and soap in the sanitation corner.”

Ms. Sunita thanked ECCA and all the supporters who helped to develop sanitation corner (which has tap for drinking water and hand washing) in her school. She also committed to regularly manage soap and towel through the school nature club. They will also organize hand washing demonstration session to students studying in lower grades and will make other students aware on the proper use of sanitation corner.

We thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in post-earthquake recovery activities. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the earthquake affected people.

Sanitation corner under construction in Majh Gaun
Sanitation corner under construction in Majh Gaun

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