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Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
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
Filters are placed in each classroom
Filters are placed in each classroom

Mechi Model Academy of Jhapa lies in plain Terai region of Nepal. Like in most of the places of Terai, the school has tubewell as the only source of drinking water. The school has around 300 students but depends on only 2 tubewells for drinking purpose.

Realizing the problem, ECCA first conducted water quality test (Coliform test) in the school. During this test, positive test results were found (i.e. occurrence of disease causing Fecal coliform and E.coli bacteria). According to the teachers, no water disinfection techniques were used till now. “This could be the cause for previous water-related health cases in the school. Lack of storage tank has also led us to drink the water directly from the tubewell", they revealed.

ECCA provided 15 pcs. of water filters (along with 30 water bottles) in this school. These stainless steel body water filters have been fitted with nano-silver treated ceramic candle, which can remove bacteria, turbidity and protozoaAfter the distribution of these water filters, it is now expected that water related diseases will reduce. 

Now, each classroom (including teacher’s room) has a water filter. Both students and teachers are now provided better access to safe drinking water. Also, facility of drinking water within the classroom has helped the classes to go smoother as the trend of going out (from classroom) for drinking water during classes have lessened.

We are glad we could help being a change in this context.Thank you for your help, without which this would not be possible.

Since June 2010, ECCA has been regularly implementing Safe Water for Healthy Nepal project. After the Nepal earthquake of April 2015, ECCA initiated a separate "Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe Drinking Water" project. Now that more than 2 years have passed since the Nepal earthquake, we have decided to retire this specific project and integrate it with our regular Safe Water for Healthy Nepal project.

We look forward for your continous support in the days ahead.

Students now have easier access to drinking water
Students now have easier access to drinking water
Before documentary show with one women group
Before documentary show with one women group

On the occasion of World Water Day on March 22, 2017, ECCA conducted Interaction & story sharing program as well as documentary show for the members of two women groups of Patan, Lalitpur. The documentary was based on water borne diseases and safe drinking water. The theme for 2017 World Water Day 'Why waste water?' was also discussed after the documentary show.

ECCA has been supporting four women groups of Lalitpur in the distribution and sell of chlorine solution (WATASOL) treated drinking water.

Sunita, a resident of Banglamukhi, Lalitpur said, “I used to fetch drinking water directly from nearby stone spout. But after knowing possible hazards of unsafe drinking water on health, I have started using chlorine treated water. We (our family) feel the progress in our health with the use of disinfected drinking water.”

According to the respondents, distribution of chlorine treated water by women group has mostly benefitted low income people who were previously unable to afford water disinfecting technologies due to its high cost.

Distribution of safe drinking water through four women groups is currently benefitting around 150 families. In the coming days, ECCA plans to reach more rural and urban communities devoid of safe drinking water facility.

We thank you for your continued support.

Documentary Show
Documentary Show
Interaction with water user group
Interaction with water user group

ECCA has been working in six schools of Jhapa district (in East Nepal) for School Environment Improvement. WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) related training was conducted from December 13–15, 2016. The 3-days program focused on different aspects of WASH, among which WATASOL (chlorine solution) production from Mini WATA device was a major part. Total 30 students from nature clubs of six project schools, as well as few teachers and new ECCA counselors of Jhapa, participated in the training.

Prior to WASH program, coliform test of drinking water was conducted in all the six schools. Drinking water in all the schools was found to be infected with E.coli. So, along with the construction of required infrastructures (drinking water stations), water purification technology was introduced. Since chlorination is one of the easiest methods of making drinking water safe, Mini WATA device was provided to the school nature clubs for the production of chlorine solution.

“Coliform test made us realize how vulnerable we are towards water borne diseases”, said one of the participants. “Now that we have received the training, we will conduct awareness programs in the community, regarding safe drinking water issues along with WATASOL production in our school.”

The produced chlorine solution will be used in the school and the nature clubs aim to approach communities in order to encourage them to use water purification methods before drinking water.

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ECCA staff demonstrating the procedure of WATASOL production

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A participant practices making WATASOL during the training

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Group practice to make chlorine solution

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ECCA staff hand over Mini WATA device to nature club of Saraswoti Secondary School, Lakhanpur, Jhapa

We thank you for your continuous support in our initiation to help provide safe drinking water to Nepali schools and community.

As the Kathmandu valley faces rising cases of cholera, ECCA has been organizing more community awareness programs related to safe drinking water. Since the past few weeks, ECCA counselors are actively engaged in conducting safe drinking water programs at vulnerable parts of the city to bring up issues of preventive actions.  The programs not only make communities aware about safe drinking water, but it also intensifies youth involvement in raising community issues.

Pratik , new ECCA intern shares his experience of organizing WATASOL stall with senior counselors at Mangalbazar, Lalitpur, “As visitors approached us with curiosity, we explained them about the recent outbreak of waterborne diseases. As one of the solutions to making drinking water safe, we presented WATASOL, a chlorine solution that disinfects unsafe water.”

About 100 people visited the stall over one day. He further expressed, “I was surprised to see how cooperative people were. In my view, people were pleased to find a solution that could help them protect their family from being sick.”

blog.jpgSujan, one of our active counselors, who organized another WATASOL stall at Manamaiju Village shares,  “Since WATASOL was new to the villagers, they were not sure about using it at the beginning. As we explained about water pollution and water quality testing techniques, they were shocked to hear that their daily consuming water is so polluted. Some of them agreed to use WATASOL and some of them wanted to confirm the water quality (they took home coliform testing vial for water quality testing purpose). Overall they seemed clear about our motive and we are happy about it. We hope our action will bring positive change and awareness in people and thus promote healthy life.”

blog3.jpgWATASOL stall at Manamaiju

A street drama was also conducted by ECCA in collaboration with Amarapur Community Learning Center (CLC) at Bungamati village, where counselors performed to address drinking water issues and also rising cholera cases. WATASOL stall was placed by nature club members of Tri-Ratna Co-operative Secondary School.

5.jpgStreet drama at Bungamati being conducted in collaboration with Annapurna CLC

As we attempt to make communities aware about safe drinking water issues, we expect positive outcomes and behavioral changes in the people.

We thank you for your continued support.

 

Nepal is regarded as one of the richest countries in water resources but people have problem of water scarcity. Department of Water Supply and Sewerage  estimates 80% of the total population to have access to drinking water, however it's safety cannot be guaranteed. People of larger cities like Kathmandu valley are even more devoid of access to adequate and safe drinking water due to its growing population. Especially women, who are mostly assigned to look after household chores, struggle to collect and manage water storage for their families.  

To minimize the hardship, Hamro Sankalpa Mahila Samuha, a women group of Chyasal, Lalitpur came forward last year. They installed water tank  and adopted water purification technique in their community with ECCA’s support. Ms. Kanchi, one of the members of the group took the initiation and started to distribute WATASOL (chlorine solution used for water disinfection) treated water in her community soon after the earthquake.

“Everyone dreaded the outbreak of water borne diseases. We feel that we have taken action to prevent it”, says Byanjankar.  Currently the supply is enough for about 90 households in the locality.

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This initiation has not only helped to provide adequate and safe drinking water to the community but also has contributed towards women empowerment and entrepreneurship by bringing them together to solve a common problem.

 

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) has been working in the field of safe drinking water in various regions of Nepal since the year 2000. We thank all our well wishers for the support. To receive regular update about ECCA activites, please visit our Blog site,  Facebook,  Twitterwebsite, and YouTube Channel.] 

 

 

 

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Location: Lalitpur, Bagmati - Nepal
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Prachet Kumar Shrestha
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Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal

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