Health
 Nepal
Project #5810

Safe Water for Healthy Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
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The water filters given by ECCA are finally making an impact.

In November,10 schools in remote villages of Southern Lalitpur district in Nepal were provided with more than 200 stainless steel water filters as post earthquake support. These schools, after having gone through severe infrastructural damage and loss of safe drinking water accessibility, were seeking for a way to provide their students with safe drinking water facility. Some schools had to fetch water from far places and the purity could not be guaranteed. The threat to health of students and school community was irrefutable, thereby prompting  ECCA to provide the filters to all schools. The distribution had taken place in accordance with  number of students and classrooms in each school.

These stainless steel body water filters are fitted with nano-silver treated ceramic candle, which can remove bacteria, turbidity and protozoa”, says Prachet Shrestha from ECCA.

Now, every classroom in each school has a water filter which assures possible level of purification even upon long storage.

“Cases of water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea among the students has reduced”, said one of the teachers from Shree Kali Devi Higher Secondary School, Malta. The water filters will prove to be even more useful with the incoming of monsoon season when drinking water have high chances of getting mixed with turbidities.

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A student drinks water during his leisure time at Shree Kali Devi Higher Secondary School, Malta

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In Shree Maha Kalidevi Higher Secondary School

 Lastly, ECCA thanks all donors for their continous support in its mission of providing safe drinking water for people living in remote Nepal, especially for those affected by the earthquake. For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please also visit our websiteFacebook,  TwitterBlog  and YouTube Channel.

On March 2, 2016 Bal Binayak nature club of Badal Gaun, Kavre conducted a door to door program regarding safe drinking water as an onstage community awareness practice. The main objective of the program was to aware the community on simple ways of purifying water. The club has been active in conducting these kind of programs especially after the earthquake. During the program, which basically focused on the use of WATASOL (water disinfecting chlorine solution), 20 club members actively participated.

After a short orientation by ECCA counsellors and meeting with the nature club members, the program started off with division of club members into three groups and allocation of these teams in three sectors of the village.

The nature club members provided information about the causes of water borne diseases, consequences and measures to be applied while drinking water and also suggested the importance of water disinfection and ways of using WATASOL. Along with making people aware about the water related hazards, the team also distributed WATASOL bottles to the houses (including informative pamphlets).

After interacting with the local people, it was quite clear that many people were unsure about the importance of disinfecting water and they didn’t adopt any technology to disinfect drinking water. Therefore WATASOL became a perfect solution to them. For those few people who were already using WATASOL, the program became additional help to expand their horizon of knowledge about the WATASOL.

“We found that maximum people were satisfied with the quality of water they receive in their day to day life,” said Sushil, one of the club members . “So it was not easy to convince them that the drinkable looking water could still contain harmful pathogenic microbes”, he added.

“Since they (club members) told me that this water purifying solution doesn’t contain any kind of chemical during its manufacture, I think I can safely use it,” said one of the villagers.

The program indeed proved to be productive and 'a perfect community outreach methodology' benefitting both young nature club members and the people of their community.


Glimpses from Door to Door community approach:

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Lastly, we thank our contributors who have helped in our safe drinking water project. Please visit our blogsitewebsiteFacebook,  Twitter and  YouTube Channel for regular updates regarding our programs and activities. 

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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On November 27, 2015 ECCA handed over 138 sets of water filter to representatives of five schools located in Southern Lalitpur, where immediate attention for safe drinking water was required. Infrastructures and accessibility to safe drinking water in those schools were destroyed by the earthquake thus creating a threat to the public health.Hence, based upon the number of students, Shree Gothbhangyang Higher Secondary School of Dalchoki, Shree Jana Jagriti H.S.S. of Ikudol, Kali Devi H.S.S of Malta, Shree Mahakali Devi H.S.S. of Bhatttedada and Shree Magar Gaun H.S.S. of Sankhu received 28 sets, 31 sets, 29 sets, 32 sets and 18 sets of water filters respectively.

The filters will be used for safe drinking water purpose in all classrooms. This will help in promotion of better health of students and teachers residing in the rural area. ECCA plans to provide water filters sets to other needy schools as well.

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These stainless steel body water filters were assembled in ECCA and are fitted with nano-silver treated ceramic candle, which can remove bacteria, turbidity and protozoa.

We thank all our donors for their continous support in our mission of providing safe drinking water for people living in remote Nepal, especially for those affected by the earthquake. For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please also visit our websiteFacebook,  TwitterBlog  and YouTube Channel.

 

Besides conducting broad level community workshops regarding safe drinking water procedures, ECCA prioritizes the engagement of school and students by taking nature clubs into its wings. Nature clubs include a group of young and willing youths who work for establishing an eco-friendly and healthier environment. Besides focusing on activities like establishing herbal gardens, they are also trained to maintain school decorum for improving their hygiene status, conduct varieties of other programmes such as intra-school competitions and even community outreach programs involving health issues. Along with similar WASH related responsibilities, the clubs are assigned to make effort for providing safe drinking water to the whole school. With partner organizations such as Antenna Technologies, ECCA has been providing equipments for chlorination (a water disinfectant technique) so that the nature clubs can produce WATASOL themselves and bring it into use.

Refresher Training for Students on Safe Water

Refresher Training for Students on Safe Water

As each club welcomes new members every year, ECCA has also made provisions to provide interactive refresher training frequently with an objective to give them a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge regarding the proper use of chlorinator and the benefits they can acquire from it. In such manner, the efficiency of nature club in regular production and use of chlorine is increased and this naturally brings a decrease in possible water-borne health hazards ensuring a safer living environment for students and community as well. Since the recent earthquake has further led to making the issue of drinking water more sensitive, it is even more necessary to prioritize this sector of health.

"Training is a part of building yourself stronger and more confident in what you aim to do. It doesn't matter how many times you take the same training, you have to perceive it as a new topic every time so that you can take more into you. This way you clear any doubts that might arise in the future, isn't it?" said Ms. Manisha, ECCA Staff who regularly facilitates refresher training in schools.

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Ms. Manisha, ECCA Staff, guides a student to test free chlorine in Oracle English Medium School

"The status of drinking water in my community is not that good and I have always wanted to do something about it. Now, I feel capable of producing WATASOL on my own and the convince the people in my community to use it for safer health. Thank you ECCA for always supporting young students like us ", responded one of the participants of Oracle English Medium School after a refresher training program held there in October.

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Students @ using Sanitation Corner

For being able to come this far, we thank all our donors and supporters. We hope for your continuous support in upcoming days. Only then, we will overcome the existing challenges regarding drinking water in Nepal.

[For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please visit our WebsiteFacebookBlogsite,Twitter and YouTube Channel.]

Thank you!

Upama Tamla (Rai)- Media Associate, ECCA

 

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Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

Location: Lalitpur, Bagmati - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​www.ecca.org.np
Project Leader:
Prachet Kumar Shrestha
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Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal
$4,561 raised of $50,000 goal
 
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