"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
Solar Tuki lamp and other materials handover
Solar Tuki lamp and other materials handover

Bhogateni and Sagma are two remote places of Morang district lying in south-eastern Nepal. Letang bazzar is the only market for the people residing there, which takes around 6 to 7 hours walk for the villagers.

After the promulgation of new constitution, both areas lie under Letang Bhogateni Municipality. However, the declaration has changed little for villages, which still lack basic infrastructures like health, road, market, electricity, water etc. In these villages, people are still compelled to use kerosene lamp or solar lamp due to absence of electricity and lack of access to alternative energy sources.

Schools also are in a miserable condition. They do not have sufficient academic teaching and learning materials. Having few schools is also a problem for students. For some, it takes 2 to 3 hours to reach their school and night time is very dangerous for them to go home because of dense jungle. So far, schools have managed a hostel for those students. It did provide some solace to safety of students but learning at evening is troublesome due to lack of electricity.

Realizing the need, ECCA distributed 18 pieces of Solar Tuki lamps to Shree Sagma Secondary School and 20 pieces to Shree Bhogteni Secondary School. These tukis will be used in the hostel by the students (for their evening studies).

“Before, our students used kerosene lamp to study in night time and I was always afraid of fire hazards and their health. But, from now, my worry has gone with these solar tukis.”, said Mr. Jaya - Principal; Shree Sagma Secondary School Sagma.

“We are really happy”, said one the students. “The lamp is portable, really easy to use and has no effects on health and environment.”

We are very thankful to you for your continous support.

solar tuki lamps for distribution
solar tuki lamps for distribution
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Susma, aged 7, remembers studying in cold floors and dusty environment. For more than 1 year after the earthquake, she, with her friends, attended classes in poorly managed temporary classrooms made of CGI sheets. Every day at school was a battle against scorching heat of summer followed by harsh winter. Sometimes she didn’t feel like going to school at all.

While learning was getting difficult during such young age, construction of concrete classroom has brought a different pace in Susma’s life. Along with introduction of Multi Grade/Multi Level methodology in her school, all students from Nursery to class 4 are now offered a better learning place.

“With open doors and noisy environment, we used to have great difficulty in conducting classes”, shares Susma’s teacher. “Uncarpeted classrooms with mud floors degraded the hygiene and health of students.”

Multi Grade/Multi Level teaching methodology and use of better facilitated buildings (since 1 month) both have brought effective learning among students, teachers report. Students now are slowly adopting creative learning techniques andare marching ahead of horrors of 2015 earthquake.

 “It is safer now.” says Susma. “It is fun to come to school.”

Like Susma, over 300 students of Kundala Higher Secondary School, Bhogteni, Katunje - 15 share her story. The village is in one of the remote areas, lying 28km from Dhading besi (the nearest town) and students have to walk upto 1 hour daily to reach school. Construction of 2 blocks (having 2 classrooms each) by ECCA has indeed brought encouragement among school students to attend school.

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A teacher helps students write alphabets
IMG_6349.jpgStudents attending MGML class
IMG_6372.jpgNewly constructed 2 buildings with 4 classrooms

We thank everyone for your continous support. 

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

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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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