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
Students in Temporary Shed in Dalchoki School
Students in Temporary Shed in Dalchoki School

Immediately after the earthquake, for a month, ECCA focused its resources in relief works. Thereafter, ECCA started focusing on recovery and rehabilitation works. As ECCA has been working through the school system in the past years, now also, ECCA is focusing its post-quake recovery and rehabilitation works through the school system and reaching the adjoining communities.

After the earthquake, as per the government of Nepal announcement, schools re-opened from 31st May. Since then, in the period of 3 weeks (till 20th June), ECCA conducted WASH and Life Skill Camps (3-days each) in 17 schools located in Lalitpur, South Lalitpur and Kavre. All of these camps targeted all the students (from class 1 to 10) in the schools, by dividing them into 4 groups (grade 1-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-10). The ECCA team consisted of 4 to 6 trained counselors (depending upon the no. of school students).

Under WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene), students were briefed on the need to use safe drinking water and various water disinfection methods (with specific reference to use of chlorine solution) so as to prevent the occurrence of water borne diseases (Note: there is high risk of occurrence of such epidemics after natural disasters).

Under the Life skill, focus was on helping students overcome the earthquake trauma through different educational games and activities. It is essential to relieve children’s stress and motivate them to come to school (even if they need to study in make shift sheds / large tents / large tarpaulin). (Note: Due to the damage incurred inside the school and their house, due to many earthquake aftershocks, due to human casualties among their relatives and friends, many students are in a state of shock and are mentally disturbed.)

In addition to the camps, education materials (copy, pencil, erasure, dot pen) were distributed to all the students in those schools. Due to the destruction of their houses, students have lost their books, copies, stationeries (in their house debris), including other materials.

Sabita, student of grade 9 in Goth Bhanjyang Higher Secondary School Dalchoki, South Lalitpur says “The depression that I had due to the damage caused by the earthquake, and the fear that I had when coming to school (which is also partly damaged) is now reduced after attending the camp.” Students who were reluctant to work in group activities in the beginning participated actively in later sessions. The number of students attending the school also increased after the start of the camp.

Coordination was done with the school management, when selecting the schools for the camp. The school teachers were also very supportive and participated in the camp activities. The teachers observed that the students were more active and outgoing as the camp progressed. Due to lack of educational materials, the school conducts very limited extracurricular activities. Thus, the activities taught in the camp were very advantages to the students.

We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in our initiation of relief and recovery activities after earthquake. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the earthquake affected students.

Regards,

Palistha Shrestha

Activity in Binayak Bal Secondary School
Activity in Binayak Bal Secondary School
Providing biscuits and juice in Sankhu school
Providing biscuits and juice in Sankhu school
Students using ECCA distributed copies in Sankhu
Students using ECCA distributed copies in Sankhu
Students in a shed in front of damaged class
Students in a shed in front of damaged class
Students learning about wall magazine
Students learning about wall magazine
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Stabilizing WATASOL
Stabilizing WATASOL

Still after a month since the major earthquake struck Nepal on 25th April 2015 (and another big one on 12th May), the devastation caused by the earthquake continues to hamper the lives of almost 8 million people in Nepal who were affected.

Fearing the outbreak of water-borne diseases, ECCA initiated the production of WATASOL (Chlorine Solution) from the 2nd day of EQ as an immediate response to tackle the possible problem of safe drinking water and sanitation issues in the communal shelters where people are forced to live. The WATASOL produced were immediately distributed for free to the affected families through mobilizing ECCA Volunteers and other organizations who were directly involved with the relief activities. More than 50 active volunteers worked tirelessly in bottling and packaging the chlorine solution along with its distribution in various locations and communal shelters. As of 28th May, ECCA has distributed over 27,000 bottles of 60ml (one to be used in each household) and over 800 bottles of 1 liter (for community water distribution system) chlorine solution amounting to a total of over 2,400 liters of chlorine that can purify 9,600,000 liters of water. Considering national average household size of 5 person, around 200,000 people have benefitted for a month

Nepal being a developing country consists of many rural areas with mud houses. Almost all of such houses collapsed due to the earthquake, turning entire villages into rubble. The nearing of the monsoon season and frequent landslides has piled up the long list of difficulties faced by the victims. The weather itself has been relentless with harsh winds and thunderous rains. Hence, keeping the need of shelter in mind, ECCA distributed over 1300 units of tents & tarpaulin to families in rural areas, from which more than 6500 people benefited.

Distribution of CGI sheets and Self Help kits made the life of rural people easier in this time of disaster, where people were looking for temporary shelter for their families.

Distribution of over 100 sets of water filters benefitted over 500 people.

ECCA also distributed over 850 Food Packages to people in the devastated areas, from which over 4,500 people benefited.

ECCA relief work was conducted in Bhaktapur, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Kavre, Lalitpur, Nuwakot, Ramechap and Sindhupalchowk Districts. The distribution of relief supplies were only possible through the support of various organizations including Globalgiving Foundations (US & UK) and many individual supporters.

We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in our initiation of relief and recovery activities after EQ. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the EQ affected families.

Immediately after the earthquake (for a month), ECCA focused its resources in relief works. Now, ECCA is focusing on recovery works in the schools and the adjoining communities.

Orientation on Sanitation and Hygiene
Orientation on Sanitation and Hygiene
Tents being set-up at Dalchowki
Tents being set-up at Dalchowki
ECCA volunteer briefing on use of water filter
ECCA volunteer briefing on use of water filter
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ECCA water filter
ECCA water filter

There is no disagreement that Water could be a simplest and easiest medium to get infected or transmission of various viral diseases in the current situation of natural disaster. Hence, use of safe water for various purposes in our day to day life needs to be carefully monitored and precautions need to be taken. Scarcity of water at various locations is seen due to disturbance in water distribution system. Hence, distribution of various point-of-use water treatment options like water filter and WATASOL (chlorine solution) has been intensified by ECCA. In coordination with various organizations, water filters are being distributed in various earthquake affected locations.

An orphanage located in Jharuwarashi, Lalitpur, sheltering 62 children were provided 10 sets of filter along with 10 pc of water jar for storing and carrying water. Due to the earthquake, the water storage tank got damaged and water well dried, threatening continuous supply of water for the daily use of children. Through the use of filtered water for drinking purpose, the children are now ensured to have safe water as well as far reach of water borne diseases

Similarly, 10 sets of filter were distributed to the residents of Nuwakot where families were forced to live in communal shelters due to damage in their houses. In coordination with another organization NCCN, 3 filters were distributed in Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur, where 65 people were sheltered in tent. “The health condition of people in the tents were not good and they have no access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation. Most of the children started to get illness day by day”, Ms. Roni Shakya, one of the volunteers of ECCA and member of NCCN briefed the condition of communal shelter in Bhaktapur. “Distribution of these filters have ensured the availability of safe drinking water to the families living outside in tents”, she further added as she took the responsibility for the distribution of filter in Bhaktapur. Safe water for drinking purpose in these communal areas became a big challenge which was tackled through installing the filter in the community

In coordination with Himalayan Crossroads, 30 sets of filters were distributed for the EQ affected families in Chokati village of Sindhupalchok District and 40 sets of filters were installed in the community shelter at Kathmandu, where families displaced from Sindhupalchok were rehabilitated.

The water filter that ECCA has been assembling, is prepared by using silver colloidal treated ceramic candle, which ensures the purity of water upto 99.99%

Thank you for your support. Your generous donations are extremely valued.

Thank you & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar, Priyanka Ghale & Palistha Shrestha

Filter provided to EQ affected families of Nuwakot
Filter provided to EQ affected families of Nuwakot
Children using the ECCA water filter
Children using the ECCA water filter
A small child drinking water from the filter
A small child drinking water from the filter
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Forms being filled before relief distribution
Forms being filled before relief distribution

On May 9th, a team from ECCA left for ward 8 and 9 of Lisankhu V.D.C., Sindhupalchowk with relief materials along with Mr. Gopal Bhandari, a local from the village. The site for the distribution was selected as per his request. None of the relief teams had previously reached the village. ECCA distributed food ration (a sack of rice, salt, lentils, oil and sugar) as well as tents / tarpaulins to 50 households.

“When I reached my village a few days after the earthquake, I was saddened to see the devastation. I was immensely bothered by the fact that no help had reached my village. My heart filled with a desire to help my fellow villagers as much as I could”, Mr. Gopal said.

“I was fortunate to get help from ECCA”, he said. “I accompanied the ECCA team and was present during the distribution. Their (the local villagers’) smiles satisfied me greatly. I am happy to be able to do something for my family as well as all the villagers there”.

The locals departed with warm smiles and blessings. Receiving relief materials for the first time gave the villagers hope and helped them to start thinking beyond the destruction.

Thank you for your support. Your generous donations are extremely valued.

Thank you & Regards,

Palistha Shrestha

Villagers carry away their share
Villagers carry away their share
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A crowd gathers, awaiting relief
A crowd gathers, awaiting relief

On May 10, 2015 ECCA team left early in the morning for Kudare, Ward 1 of Kunchowk V.D.C. and Shyanbho of Chautara Municipality both in Sindhupalchowk district.

When the ECCA team reached there, the villagers welcomed them gratefully and gave their full cooperation throughout the distribution. ECCA distributed food ration (a sack of rice, salt, lentils, oil and sugar) to 52 families in Kudare and to 18 families in Shyanbho.

A local from another ward (# 2) came to the distribution site and demanded some of the supplies to be sent to his ward as well. After a small discussion, the locals from both the Wards were able to reach an understanding. All the relief materials were left under the care of the locals from Ward 1.

“Everything was going smoothly with the distribution but it halted abruptly in the middle with the meddling of a local person from Ward 2. He went as far as to threaten us. He said, the next time we bring relief materials, we better bring some for them as well or else …..” Ashish Maharjan, a volunteer from ECCA said with disbelief. He said he hadn’t expected such threats while distributing the relief materials.

“After everything was over, the locals parted with us with great respect. Before I left the village, they gathered around and presented us with a Khata, a small token of their gratitude they said”, Ashish reminisced with joy. He felt overwhelmed at their response.

The return back was obstructed by heavy rainfall and storms. Due to the damage of the roads and the high probability of landslides, the ECCA team decided to stay back in the village. Our volunteer spent the night in Mr. Suman’s tent (as his house was also damaged in the quake) and returned the next day. Mr. Suman is a local person who had come to ECCA requesting assistance. ECCA is thankful to Mr. Suman for his understanding and cooperation.

This trip was initiated as per the request of the local villagers. Many more programs are being conducted based on the request of the local villagers. This ensures that the relief materials reach the villagers.

Distribution of relief materials
Distribution of relief materials
Distribution of relief materials
Distribution of relief materials
Landslides on the way
Landslides on the way
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