Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
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Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water
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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Children carry home the distributed water filter
Children carry home the distributed water filter

Kaleswor village in Southern Lalitpur is heavily affected by the earthquakes of April and May 2015 as well as by the subsequent after-shocks. Houses are destroyed and people still live outside in tents and temporary shelters without any proper water purification techniques. Many inhabitants of the area are suffering from problems related to poor water quality. There’s a lack of filtration systems and use of disinfection methods.

ECCA distributed 381 sets of water filter (capacity 10 liters) to the students and villagers of Shree Bagh Bhairab Higher Secondary School-7, Kaleswor on 28th August 2015. These water filters were fitted with special ceramic candle which can remove bacteria 99.995%, turbidity 99% protozoa 99%. This means children and villagers don’t have to fear different water borne disease every day anymore.

Filter distribution done by ECCA brought smiles on children and villagers’ faces. “Many of us had never used water filter before. We were unaware about the problem of unsafe drinking water in our community. Thank you ECCA and team for providing us with water filters”, said Subash, president of Bhag Bhairab Nature Club of Shree Bhag Bhairab School. Subash is now actively involved in the local Nature Club for improving the school environment related with water, sanitation and hygiene. He also requested ECCA to provide chlorine solution production training. “I feel safe with ECCA”, added Subash.

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.

A villager with the water filter
A villager with the water filter
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After solar lamp and solar panel distribution
After solar lamp and solar panel distribution

On July 28 2015, with financial support raised through Global Giving, ECCA distributed Solar powered lamps (along with Solar panel) in Bidhadheshwari Higher Secondary School of Asrang in Lalitpur district as part of relief activities for the victims of April earthquake. Each of 400 households received two lamp units and one solar panel. Initially being scheduled the day before, bad road conditions (arising due to landslide) on the way to Asrang delayed the Solar Tuki distribution by one day. Nevertheless, school students and parents came again the next day to receive Solar Tukis for their homes.

In Asrang village, Lalitpur, around 97% of the houses got damaged in April's earthquake and recovery process is taking time. With most of the electrical infrastructures damaged during the earthquake, the residents of Asrang had been facing problems of lighting during night time. Those who had access to kerosene lamps were in no advantage because of probable health hazards. Educational arena of school children was equally affected. Thus, to improve the living and learning condition of people of Asrang, distribution of solar lamps and panels was prioritized since it has multiple advantages. Solar Tukis provide a stable and environmentally friendly source of lighting to the families in their homes or temporary shelters.

“Some children have to walk for 3 hours to get to the school“, says a teacher. The village school Bidhyadhishwari Higher Secondary School, which is located on the top of a hill, was severely damaged during the earthquake and the destroyed classrooms were replaced by temporary learning center (consisting of bamboo-structured huts with space for about 30 children, but cannot provide the same teaching conditions as a solid building). “On top of this challenging surrounding, the students have to work hard to help the family when they return from school in the afternoon” the teacher informs us. That's why it's even more important to help the students to improve their living and learning conditions.

"Now we can study anytime we want. Most of the time, we are busy helping our parents with chores. But now, not even darkness can deprive us from studying. From now on, I will study even harder", said Sandesh Tamang, one of the students.

We would like to 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.

Globalgiving UK representative distributing
Globalgiving UK representative distributing
ECCA Program Officer distributing solar lamp
ECCA Program Officer distributing solar lamp
Happy after getting solar tuki
Happy after getting solar tuki
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Kalidevi Secondary School damaged by earthquake
Kalidevi Secondary School damaged by earthquake

During the assessment and distribution of relief materials in Dolakha (in May 2015), the ECCA team found heavy damages to school buildings, WASH infrastructure and health threat among children and even among adult and elderly people. Most of school students’ education materials were buried under the debris, due to which they were anxious on how to restart their school life. Therefore, there was an urgent need of recovery and rehabilitation program for the school students.

At first, ECCA conducted a three days TOT training program for the youth volunteers on 17th-19th June 2015 at ECCA premises Kathmandu. The youths were trained on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Life Skills along with psychological activities specially designed for the current situation so as to help the students recover from the traumatized situation and continue their studies at school.

Immediately after the training, 20 youth volunteers (divided into 4 groups) were mobilized at 4 project schools of Mirge, Dolakha (Majh Gaun Lower Secondary School, Mirge 1; Kali Dhunga Higher Secondary School, Mirge 7; Kali Devi Secondary School, Payele; and Lali Gurash Bright Future English School, Laligurash Danda). They stayed there for 5 days (22nd -26th June, 2015) and facilitated different fun, skillful, engaging and relieving activities for all the 664 students of the four schools to support them to get back to their normal school lives again. To conduct the WASH and Life Skill Camp in harmony and to gain the maximum benefit from the camp program, class wise division was done into 4 categories- Class 1-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-10.

Shyam, member of ‘Majh Gaun Nature Club’ expressed “It was ECCA counselors who first taught us how to make chlorine solution (WATASOL). They provided us with all the required materials and gave us enough training. Now we can prepare WATASOL on our own and protect ourselves from water borne diseases.” Likewise, mother of Bilash of class 3 from Shree Kali Dhunga Higher Secondary School expressed that she was very happy to see positive impacts on her son. He shared his learning and taught the hand washing method to his family members.

As the devastating earthquake destroyed the water sources, the chances of contracting water borne diseases have increased. To prevent an outbreak, the students were taught hand washing activity and the production and use of WATASOL for water purification.

“I have seen progressive change in the behavior and regular attendance of the students due to the camp activities. Now, the students are more active, energetic and lively in the schools. The technique is very effective as they are learning through fun and interactive activities. Again, I am very grateful to ECCA team and the volunteers for all the support and the help.”- Words shared by Puskar, Teacher of Kali Dhunga Higher Secondary School, Mirge 7.            

Psychological activities were also included in the camp sessions to help the students recover from the trauma they were facing due to the earthquake. Many students were mentally disturbed and not in a state to attend schools continuously. So as to help the students, different activities like- Sharing experience, Dominant and non dominant hand exercise, yesterday today tomorrow, Anger Management, Draw your safe space, Balloon blast and coping skill via ball games were performed. These activities helped the students to minimize their distress.

ECCA supported a day meal in all the project schools for the students and the staff members during the training period. Due to shortage of food materials, students were not attending the schools earlier. Day meal helped the students to come to the school continuously.

Ramji, Kali Devi Lower Secondary School shared “I express my gratitude to ECCA for supporting stationery materials (copy, dot pens, pencils, erasers and sharpeners) for all the students and game materials (carom board, chess board, ludo, skipping, football, volleyball and flying disk), first aid kit, jerry cans, white boards and markers for school. ECCA also supported the construction of water tank in the school as devastating earthquake of 12th May, 2015 severely damaged water tanks of our school.”

We would like to 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 students.

Stationery materials distribution
Stationery materials distribution
Parents observing work of their children
Parents observing work of their children
Teaching proper hand washing technique
Teaching proper hand washing technique
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Collected water samples
Collected water samples

Sindhupalchowk district has reported the highest number of deaths in earthquake of 25thApril, 2015. Ward No. 7 of Barabise VDC, which lies in the edge of Sindhupalchowk, has about 150 households who directly depend on 5 spring sources for drinking purposes. On examining the quality of water, 4 of the spring sources were found positive with coliform contamination. ECCA conducted a day Training (6th June, 2015) on the use of Chlorinator at Barabise-7, Sindhupalchowk with the aim of promoting safe water and prevent the occurrence of water borne diseases in the community.

Around 77 villagers participated in the program, which included local women group members, staffs of ‘Bishnu Adhyatmik Sanskrit Bal Vidhyalaya’ School, forest user groups and youths. The participants were much anticipated to know about WATA device and how it produces WATASOL (brand name of Chlorine solution). During the session, information was provided on the possible ways of water contamination and the methods of water purification. In that community, only few people were found to use water purification method “boiling”, use of chlorine solution was not known to them. Most of the people preferred to use water direct from the source. The reasons being change in the taste of water and time consuming, according to Ms. Dilikumari Neupane (Women group member).

During the practical session, the ECCA trainers (Ms. Merina Shrestha and Ms. Shailena Sthapit) explained the procedure of making chlorine solution by using Standard WATA device. The participants also took part actively and got chance to learn by themselves.

At the end of the training, the standard WATA device was handed over to the Principal of ‘Bishnu Aadhyatmik Sanskrit Bal vidhyalaya’ School. The filled WATASOL 60ml bottles (300 pcs) were handed over to the women group for distribution to the families. These bottles will be re-used and refilled once the chlorine solution production starts at the local level.

Mr. Baikuntha Nath Dahal, Principal of ‘Bishnu Adhyatmik Sanskrit Bal Vidhyalaya’ School expressed “We are delighted to have the standard WATA Device in this devastating situation to prevent the community from water borne diseases.”

Water test: Black color shows presence of coliform
Water test: Black color shows presence of coliform
Orientation to the locals
Orientation to the locals
Distributing WATASOL bottles
Distributing WATASOL bottles
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