Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal
Menstrual Hygiene Management in schools of Nepal

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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Survey Visit @ Girls Friendly Toilet at Badalgau
Survey Visit @ Girls Friendly Toilet at Badalgau

"We build for her"

Are girls not privileged to getting quality education as all other children? Should girls drop out of their school because they can't get proper water and toilet facilities when they go through tough period of menstruation? What is the solution?

In the life time of a woman, she will have a total of around 3,000 days of menstruation. For her basic schooling period which range from Grade 4 to 10 the number of such days is 450. At remote schools, menstruating girls face problems such as inadequate water for washing, lack of soap, safe disposal of pads and non-functioning or insufficient toilets. As a result, they often choose to stay home and eventually they drop out of school.  Research shows that in Nepal, the dropout rate of girls  is 7 percent in primary level and 11 percent in secondary level (class 10).

Hence, with an objective of bringing a decrement in dropout rate of adolescent school girls, ECCA has been constructing girl friendly toilets in remote community schools of Nepal. The successful construction of girl friendly toilet in Shree Gothbhyanjyang Higher Secondary School of Southern Lalitpur reported that the number of girl absentees is lesser as compared to before. The provision of proper water facility, facilitated toilets and solutions for disposal of pads has definitely encouraged female students to attend schools. Now, ECCA has reached to constructing similar girl friendly toilets and proper sanitation corner in Binayak Bal Lower Secondary School of Badal Gaun, Kavre as well. The construction of toilets is already in its final phase and soon they will be ready to use.

"We do have toilets in the school but they are not as well-facilitated as the ones which are in the phase of construction. I think it is very nice that every girl in our school won't hesitate to attend school when they are having their period", said one of the student.

Besides this, ECCA regularly provides informative sessions on WASH and menstrual hygiene to help students adopt healthy behaviors and be more open about things as menstruation.

Lastly, we thank all our donors for your continuous support. Its your help through which we have been able to make a difference. We hope for the same type of support in the coming days.

Do visit our Facebook Page for updates on our activities and follow us our Twitter and Youtube. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.

 

Upama (Media Associate)

Sanitation corner supported @ Binayak School
Sanitation corner supported @ Binayak School
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With added facility of incineration in Toilet
With added facility of incineration in Toilet

Due to various social and cultural contexts, girls are treated differently than boys from the beginning of childhood in our society. As a result, they tend to become shy, and find it hard to express themselves.

“Mam, Rita needs a sanitary napkin, could you please provide a piece of napkin for her?” Because use of sanitary pad among girl students in village is new as well as they are not used to with it, students are shy and seeks help from their fellow colleague to get a pad from me, said Ms. Pramila Ghimire, Teacher of Shree Gothbhyanjyang Higher Secondary School, where we completed the construction of girls friendly toilet. With the support of District Education Office Lalitpur, we received a box of sanitary pad for our school. I organized a small demonstration on how to use the sanitary napkin, how to manage it after its use, and distributed a set of pad to around 75 girls students studying in grade 8 to 10. I also directed students from grade 6 and 7 to ask me if they need it, Ms Pramila Ghimire added.

After the distribution of sanitary pad to the girls in school and with the help of Ms. Pramila madam through providing proper orientation and guidance on how to use it, the use of girls friendly toilet has increased. This activity has been highly effective towards supporting in safe menstrual hygiene among girls students in our school. We the teachers of Shree Gothbhyanjyang HSS thank ECCA for supporting this initiation in our school, said Mr. Laxmi Timilsina, Head Teacher of School.

With the feedback received from the teachers of Gothbhyanjyang School and request received from other school, the expansion of the activities in schools of Lalitpur District and Kavre District is being planned. Feedbacks like support of Sanitary Pad for students and proper orientation on how to use it were also received which are under review and will be implemented as per need.

We would like to thank all our donors and supporters in our initiation towards providing safe environment in schools for better education for our children. Please help us spreading the words within your families and friends network. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments on our work. Please subscribe our Facebook, Twitter, Blog and Youtube channel in order to receive frequent updates related with our programs and activities.

Thanks & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

A glimpse of Incinerator at back side of toilet
A glimpse of Incinerator at back side of toilet
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A devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25th April in Nepal claimed life of above 7,800 people and directly affected above 8 million people. Due to the destruction of houses in rural as well as in urban areas, people are forced to refuge in an open space. There is urgent need to provide basic needs (treated drinking water, food, medicine, tent, etc.).

ECCA has mobilized youth volunteers in the community to provide immediate relief materials. Coordination is also being done with Nepal government, other civil society organizations, NGOs and international agencies.

A separate project has been created in the Global Giving Support Nepal Earthquake Relief

Initially, your donation will help to meet the survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, your support will be used to support longer-term recovery efforts.

Some of the relief activities carried out by ECCA are:

  • ECCA started production of chlorine solution (branded as WATASOL) from the very next day of earthquake. WATASOL production is being done by using all the available WATA devices, as per the technology developed by Antenna Technologies Switzerland. ECCA is distributing WATASOL in bottles of 60ml and 1 liter. WATASOL is tested for quality before distribution. Many volunteers came forward to support in the bottling and packaging of WATASOL. WATASOL has been supplied for use at the hospitals as well.
  • Water filters embedded with silver colloidal treated tulip filter candles have been distributed, which can filter murky water to remove impurities.
  • Self Help kits were distributed that contained helmets, wheel barrows, shovels, ropes and other tools essential to dismantle and manage the damaged houses.
  • Tents were provided to the needed families.
  • Medical camp has been set-up to provide treatment to the injured
  • Food package has been distributed

 

The relief works are continuing.

Thank you for the support you have been providing. Your generous donations are extremely valued.

We look forward towards getting your continued support, at this time of natural disaster.

Please follow us at   http://eccablogs.wordpress.com/   and  like our facebook page to get updates. We also look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works.

Thank you & Regards,

Palistha Shrestha

chlorine solution distribution
chlorine solution distribution
Self help kit
Self help kit
Tent distribution
Tent distribution
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Refurbished Girls Friendly Toilet In School
Refurbished Girls Friendly Toilet In School

Among various VDC's, Dalchoki VDC is located just at a distance of 24 km south of Lalitpur city. As a village located in southern hilly region of Kathmandu valley, the pace of development activities are very low. Recently, the only road connecting road to the village is gravelled and the mobility of vehicles are sparsely seen in the roads. Established in 1973, Shree Goathbhyanjyang Higher Secondary School is one and only high school serving education upto grade 12 in the village for the children in the community. At the moment, the school is serving education for a total no. of 438 students among which 221 girls and 217.

As a school located in hilly region, the school lacks proper infrastructure for its operation. Among various requirement, proper and adequate facilities for safe sanitation, especially for girl's students is the most urgent and immediate need to be fulfilled in the school. Because of lack of proper and safe sanitation facility, the absent rates of girls' students in higher classes were in high rate. Hence, in order to provide basic sanitation facilities for girls students studying in higher grades, the school requested to refurbish the available sanitation facility in the school. Hence, as per the request received from the school, the initiation to refurbished the girls toilet through installing incinerator and adding basic water facilities has been initiated. The construction activities had been recently completed and are now in operation. Some of the updated glimpses are provided in the picture attached. Now we look forward towards receiving a positive impact in the decreasing the absent rate among the girls students in the school. The impact created in the school through the construction of incinerator and addition of water facilities in the toilet will be reviewed in upcoming educational fiscal year and will be reported.

We thank you all for your support in our initiation towards providing better education for the students of rural Nepal. Please help us spreading the words in your friends and families network. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments on our work. Frequent updates are also posted in our Facebook, Twitter, Blog and Youtube related to our programs and activities.

Thanks & regards

Angel Chitrakar

An Arial View of Shree Gothbhyanjyang School
An Arial View of Shree Gothbhyanjyang School
Incinerator Construction in Progress
Incinerator Construction in Progress
Glimpses During Construction
Glimpses During Construction
Final View after construction of Incinerator
Final View after construction of Incinerator

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