Find out how a youth engagement leader in Nepal connected hundreds of young people to volunteerism after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck their home.
A: From the beginning of ECCA, young people have played key roles in the sector of community development and conservation. Letting them learn from experts and putting their own effort in improving different aspects of the community can help create a better path for them as future leaders of the country. To be better leaders, young people must also gain experiences, increase their professionalism, and gain field experience.
Involving young people in community development work will motivate them to be innovative, which will help develop Nepalese communities in a sustainable way.
A: During the time of earthquake, there was high probability of occurrence of waterborne diseases. For its prevention, ECCA firstly involved youths on production and distribution of chlorine solution in earthquake-affected districts. More than 300 counselors—the term we use for trained youth volunteers— were trained on life skills and trauma services. They were assigned to schools of earthquake-affected districts, where they organized trainings, which proved to be a huge relief for earthquake-affected victims. They were additionally involved in managing health camps and distributing relief materials, including tarps, safety kits, food, tent, medicine, clothes, and blankets. Young people also conducted baseline surveys in field. Based on the information collected, ECCA developed projects on long term recovery, including water sanitation projects and climate change education. Youths from Kathmandu Valley and various rural areas are presently involved in different earthquake-affected areas to conduct awareness program and complete construction of school buildings, toilets, hand washing stations, drinking water stations, and water tanks.
A: Here are some tactics that work for ECCA:
A: Most of the youths in Nepal are going abroad hoping for a better future, which means they did not see their future being better in their own country. If nonprofit leaders can make these youths aware of the possibility of a better future by being involved in community development, it will be easier to involve young people.
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