Education
 Nepal
Project #12888

Herbal Garden Education for Students In Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
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More than a year ago, Shree Kali Devi Higher Secondary School of Lalitpur had a herbal garden flourishing more than any of the schools in Southern Lalitpur. The earthquake however, brought hindrance to the progress. When buildings around the garden collapsed, the garden got destroyed as well.

Now that the school is recovering with classroom reconstruction and re-establishment of comfortable environment for students, the school nature club, students and teachers have jointly started putting efforts to rebuild the garden.

“The garden meant a lot to us. It was a matter of hard work and amount of effort we put that got us sad when we saw it vanish beneath the rubbles”, said a grade eight student. “But we knew someday we would rebuild it again.”

According to the nature club supervising teacher, working in teamwork has created a bonding between teachers and students as well. "Knowing about herbal garden through ECCA counselors and building one was one of the most memorable experiences in 2013", he said with a smile. "I am glad we are creating the garden again" he added.

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NC supervising teacher (front right) works with his students
 
mStudents engage through teamwork!

 

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Herbal gardening in school premises is one of the major activities of nature clubs in Southern Lalitpur, Nepal. After herbal gardens grown by clubs got destroyed, along with other school infrastructures, during the April earthquake of 2015, it has been very difficult to motivate students into re-establishing them. Herbal garden became a secondarily prioritized subject while the students were struggling to find a safe place to study. Now that the normal life is slowly recovering, ECCA held a meeting with nature club teachers and school representatives last month and thereby planned to organize Herbal Garden Competition this year among 9 of its project schools in Southern Lalitpur so as to encourage them to get involved into its re-establishment.  

Ever since the concept of the competition was circulated, the nature clubs are relentlessly trying to re-establish herbal gardens in their open school premises. “It is difficult to find a place again mainly because many schools were compelled to build Temporary Learning Centres across the compound during emergency period”, says one of the nature club teachers. Some nature clubs are also facing another problem - lack of water. In the present context, many villages have water access in homes but direct supply to the schools is absent. At some places, people have to fetch water from far even for the purpose of drinking. This absence of proper accessibility to water has brought difficulties in gardening the plants.

“Despite all these difficulties, I believe we can re-establish the garden”, says one of the nature club members. “It’s all about teamwork and effort, isn’t it?” His words have encouraged all to contribute for herbal garden restoration.

The timeline for the best herbal garden judgement and announcement of the winner is scheduled in the month of Sep-Oct, so students can have plenty of time to nourish herbal plants. ECCA hopes that this competition will once again bring nature clubs closer to the environment. 

20140609_094200Herbal Gardens provided both refreshment and greenery before the earthquake
IMG_4505.JPGCondition after the earthquake IMG_8479.JPG

IMG_8479School Compounds being used to make Temporary Learning Centre to replace destroyed classrooms

20140610_140612Plant growth is hindered without water
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Dear all,

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) is currently in its 29th year of establishment. Over the years, we have succeeded in making significant improvements in the sector of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), school environment, community development, promotion of alternate and renewable technologies (A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps,  ICS training) and even conservation related entrepreneurship. We can proudly say that our actions have helped people change their lives. Women in Jajarkot have learnt to invest in income generating activities through saving and credit schemes initiated among their own group. Children of Dolakha have learnt to initiate community awareness programs on their own. Our actions have made a difference in a sense that each trained member in the society now bears a sense of responsibility. The earthquake was however a turning phase for all but it proved more of a reason to work harder right from renovation and rebuilding to development that offers sustainability. From construction of Temporary Learning Centers to formation of nature club in schools, we have been attempting to bring progressive change from local to national level.

This note, henceforth, is to remind each of you contributors for your priceless support because all our successful attempts would have not been possible without you. To all supporters who are incessantly helping us in every way, be it on site volunteering or project donations, we express our heartfelt gratitude. To every heart out there that believes in us, we are thankful.

Considering the present hardships (due to cold weather) being faced by the earthquake affected people (who are still living in temporary makeshift shelters), ECCA recently initiated a campaign Win Against Winter. We're sure we'll receive support from each one of you as well.

We wish to move on with your ever-growing aspiration to help our motives.

Furthermore, we have prepared a short 2 minute video on our post-earthquake activities. We look forward to receiving your response on it.

Thank you!

ECCA Nepal

 

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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
Preserving Environment Through Plantation
Preserving Environment Through Plantation

For a country where 82% of people rely on firewood for preparing their daily meal, there is a huge pressure in the nearby forest and natural resources. Hence, in order to prevent the forest and natural resources, frequent plantation and its protection is an important activity to undertake. But, with the strike of Earthquake in April in Nepal, damaging & destroying residence of above 7 million people’s houses and institutional buildings, there is a high pressure being created in the surrounding nature and natural resources. Hence in order to prevent the possible environmental catastrophes, preventive measures like awareness and actions were initiated by ECCA.

A 3 day’s long “Conservation through Life Skill Activities Camp” was organized from 4th to 6th August 2015 in 5 different schools in Sindhupalchok District, which is one of the most earthquake affected areas in Nepal. The camp focused to aware children and student about the need of conservation through various activities like games and sessions. The sessions included sessions related with conservation education, WASH, Safe Water practices, Chlorine Uses, Leadership and Conservation games etc. On the 6th of August, a massive plantation program was organized with the involvement of 28 Youths volunteers from ECCA and 831 students from all the schools. A total of 1150 plants of various species – Juniperus Indica, Cinnamomim Camphora, Choerospondias Axillaris and Margosa were planted in various landslide areas, road side areas and open spaces around the school area.

All the students and volunteers from ECCA seemed very energetic towards the activities organized in the school and the community. The teachers expressed that the camp and plantation program organized were highly effective towards reducing the trauma among children and to preserve the surround nature and natural resources.

Thank you for your help and support. Please share the news in your network so that together we can bring greater impact in our community. Do support us through visiting our Facebook Page, Twitter, Blog and Youtube Channel along with our website.

Thank you,

Angel Chitrakar

Students engaged in Trust Fall Game
Students engaged in Trust Fall Game
Preparing for the plantation
Preparing for the plantation
A Group snap after program
A Group snap after program
 

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Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

Location: Lalitpur, Bagmati - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​www.ecca.org.np
Project Leader:
Prachet Kumar Shrestha
Team Leader
Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal

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