"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
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"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study
"Support-A-Child" Help Child Go To School & Study

On August 9, 2016 Shree Pragati Bal Bikash Kendra, an Early Childhood Development Centre (ECD) of Banepa, Kavre was supported with stationery materials. The support was aimed to encourage and support young children to attend the centre. 156 sets of copies, 216 pencils and 18 erasers and sharpners were distributed to all 18 children. Moreover, the centre was provided with 4 blankets to help them during the winter season.

During the distribution, teachers from the ECD expressed their warm thanks. According to them, this ECD was opened with the initiation of local women’s group. “Most of the students’ parents are involved in agriculture, making it hard for them to regularly fulfill the educational needs of children”, said one of the teachers. Analyzing the situation, 4 children with comparatively low economic condition were additionally provided with school bags.

During the program, an Officer of District Education Office Ms. Maya handed over the support materials to the students. “It is a very positive approach by ECCA. I wish every struggling child had this kind of support.”

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Stationary materials being distributed to the children

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DEO official Ms. Maya (right) and ECCA Program Officer Mr. Bipin (left) with the children

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We are very thankful for your donation and support. We look forward to your continous interest in helping children to receive better education. 

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Children in village school
Children in village school

“If you are planning for a year, plant rice. If you are planning for 10 years, plant trees. If you are planning for 100 years, educate your children.”

As the saying goes, conservation and education should go hand in hand. With this concept, we founded our organization Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) 29 years ago. With thousands of children being deprived of quality education and safe health in Nepal, it was important to accelerate school development together with conservation when we first started our journey in the path of better conservation and livelihood. Children, education and schools became our topmost priorities along with environment conservation strategies.

Our aim lied in creating sustainable learning environment for maximum children in rural areas. Our initiation ofSchool Environment Improvement Program took shape as the work proceeded.

The campaign Support A Child – Help Child Go To School & Study was linked with the School Environment Improvement Program, to motivate students to come to school. Needy students were provided scholarship materials and we trained young people so that they could help school children form nature clubs within their school. We thought everything was going well. Students, especially nature clubs, were trained on different environmental, WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) and developmental issues. With those clubs regularly approaching communities for awareness programs, we thought the cycle of sharing knowledge – from experts to the youths to school children and finally the communities – was unending. The number of school attendees was increasing in our project schools. Nature clubs had become the strength of the villages we worked in. However, after some time, we felt that something was lacking.

Nature club members were graduating every year. Even with regular programs for new members of the club, it was getting difficult to boost newer children to remain active in the club. The earthquake further dispersed the strength of children and our effort of sustainability of school environment improvement fell to lower level. As we conducted support programs for students and teachers, we discovered that we had yet to approach larger community of school stakeholders for sustainability of our school environment improvement program.

All the schools had School Management Committee (SMC). But, Parents Teachers Association (PTA) was lacking. We helped to establish PTA in many schools and conducted trainings for both the stakeholders (SMC and PTA)and saw to it that they held a common voice for progressive development of children. Approaching government officials related to education made us realize that they were even more influential. Soon, we had all the stakeholders making a joint effort for school development.

Today, we are happy to say that our effort for school environment improvement has paved a new path for effectiveness and sustainability. We have on site motivating agents of stakeholders, who motivate nature clubs and students, saying that their actions were important and they could help change their community.

Involving all the stakeholders in school environment improvement programs has, in fact, become part of the key to sustainable school environment improvement.

Thank you everyone for trusting us and supporting our organization to create impactful effort in education and conservation.

Beautification of school compound
Beautification of school compound
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This July, 1822 students from 14 project schools of Dolakha district were provided educational materials support by ECCA. Out of these schools, 8 are from Mirge VDC and 6 from Gairimudi VDC. The support included essential learning materials such as school bags, copies, books, calculators, dictionaries, geometry boxes, pencils, sharpeners and pens.

The distribution took place on July 28 and 29, 2016. Sujan Rajbahak, one of ECCA counselors involved in the distribution program shared,“This wasn’t easy. The rainy season brought challenges; landslides and vehicle problem had us both tensed and worked out. But all the fatigue disappeared when we started distributing the materials in schools. Children were so happy that we knew all the hard work was worth.”

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Distribution at Laligurash Bright Future English Boarding School, Mirge

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Sujan, with a student, during distribution 

Dolakha, being adversely affected by 2015 earthquake, has been in need of frequent support. Even before the earthquake, ECCA has been consistently working in Dolakha for school environment improvement through nature clubs and support programs. This support will also add up to providing some relief to the struggle of Dolakha’s school children in receiving quality education. We thank you for your support in helping it make possible.

 (For more regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please visit our blog siteFacebook,website, Twitter and YouTube Channel.)

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While the loadshedding hours (for the electricity supplied from the government utility company) continue to increase in Nepal, many children are facing difficulties in keeping up with their grades in school. Currently, Nepal faces 10-11 hours of loadshedding in a daily basis. The consequential effects brought by this situation in national economy is often highlighted; however its effect on education of children is hardly addressed. 

Loss of homes,  infrastructures, weakened financial state and lack of immediate accessibility to alternative energy sources after the earthquake had made the situation worse especially in rural areas. 

To encourage young children in their education after the earthquake, ECCA had provided over 1500 solar tuki lamps (along with solar panels) in different schools of earthquake affected villages and the tukis are now growing to be more useful than ever“It has been around 9 months since my children received this tuki in their school. Seeing my children study during night with this tuki makes me happy”, said one of the parents of Lalitpur district last week. 

IMG_4537Rasila, a grade 10 student, studies for her School Level Examination in Malta, Lalitpur
IMG_4542Rasila's mother gives fodder to animals with the help of tuki
Rasila is thankful to us and we are thankful to GlobalGiving and all our supporters / donors. Your continuous contribution has helped us improve hundreds of students' lives. 
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Winter continues to torment lives of earthquake victims in Nepal. Among places destroyed beyond the threshold, many regions in Dolakha and Lalitpur districts still go through excessive struggle to revive. Dolakha, the epicenter of major earthquake shocks had all of its Village Development Committees affected. Similarly, villages in southern region of the Lalitpur district were worst affected.  Each and every sector got affected, and amongst the most sensitive issues were the children- and their right for education.

The earthquake brought chaos in its worst forms. Desks and benches were no more an option when classrooms got buried. Teachers could not assure the safety of their students anymore. With the situation getting better with establishments of Temporary Learning Centres and increasing series of educational support, arrival of winter created new problems. Majority of schools have recently been witnessing decreasing number of students due to cold. Students and teachers attend school daily from far areas, some even taking an hour long of walking. School dropout rate in this place is high due to low income source in family because of which they are unable buy stationary materials and school uniform. Most of the students having lost warm clothes in the earthquake were unable to attend school in the shivering cold. 

However, now students are more than happy to go to school. To help them attend schools regularly in peak hours of winter, ECCA Nepal through GlobalGiving’s support conducted Winter Support program. Tracksuits (along with a pair of shoes and socks) were distributed to 155 students of Kali Devi Lower Secondary School (Mirge, Dolakha) and to 255 students of Shree Bagh Bhairav Higher Secondary School (Kaleswor, Southern Lalitpur) including the school's Early Childhood Development Centre. In Lalitpur, warm tracksuits were distributed (on Feb 3, 2016) in the presence of Mr. Khem Nath Pokharel (Assistant District Education Officer of Lalitpur district).

“I used to catch cold every time I came to morning classes. But that has changed. Thank you for the warm tracksuit”, said one of the tenth grade students.

It wasn’t just students. In Majh Gaun Lower Secondary School (Mirge, Dolakha), blankets were distributed to 55 guardians (on Feb 10, 2016) with GlobalGiving’s support basically with two motives; provide them with a warmer housing and to motivate them to send their children to school regularly.

“After the earthquake weakened our economy, my wife and I had frequent debates over sending our children to school or let him stay at home helping with chores”, a guardian responded. “Now that he has got warm jackets, he doesn’t miss his classes anymore and we are happy too”, he shared remembering how happy he was when Bipin babu (ECCA program officer Mr. Bipin Shrestha) provided him with a blanket.

He spoke out one of the positive thoughts brought by ECCA among hundreds of those parents who couldn’t send their children in school. It is true that education after earthquake has a long way to reach pre-achieved quality but it could bring about new and innovative ideas on development. Furthermore, contribution of our donors during this time of struggle has helped us provide comfort and we are more than thankful to GlobalGiving as well.


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A student of Shree Bagh Bhairav H.S.S. happily receives the tracksuits from Mr. Pokharel 

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IMG_9123.JPGSharing happiness with parents

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Mr. Rabindra Khatri provides tracksuit to a student

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Students of Shree Bag Bhairav H.S.S. together wearing the tracksuit

 
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Blanket distribution in Dolakha

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 "Thank you  very much for the blanket and I like the colour too! May be I will let my  children use this one... "- a resident of Dolakha in her Temporary shelter

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"Winter doesn't feel so bad anymore!"

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