"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

The earthquake left Nepalese people in innumerable losses. With an absolute threat to vulnerable psychological status, no one was as much traumatized as children were.  They lost their houses and strived for the safest shelter that their parents could provide. With their books, bags and uniforms buried along with the houses, attending schools is still a huge challenge for children especially of rural areas where economy status of people is weak.

Thus, with a motive of supporting and encouraging them to attend school, ECCA has been providing educational materials to both students and schools with the support of various organizations and individuals. From construction of Temporary Learning Centers to WASH, Life Skills and Rehabilitation Camps, efforts were made for immediate benefit of victimized students.  Immediate needs of bags, copies, pencils and other educational materials such as whiteboards, markers have been fulfilled in various earthquake affected districts.

One of the latest educational support was made in December 2015 for students of Shree Dhandada Primary School in Dhandada Besi, Pyutar-5 where students received bags, copies and pencils. All 25 students received a set of bag, 6 copies and 2 pencils. This will accelerate their mode of learning along with providing some ease to their difficulty in regular school attendance. This is just one case, but there is still need of attention in remote areas in terms of educational and infrastructural support, ECCA leaves no hesitation in providing the needed help.

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A young student receives 'All In One' Book'!
IMG_2405 copy copyStudents of Shree Dhandada Primary School with their teachers after they receive educational materials

We thank Global Giving and all our donors/supporters for helping us support students in rural Nepal. Your continous contribution has helped us improve thousands of students' lives. For updates regarding our programs and activities, please also visit our websiteFacebook,  Twitter, Blog and YouTube Channel.

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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."

Lemon Grass grown in Herbal Garden by students

Lemon Grass grown in Herbal Garden by students

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 & Youtube Channel.

Thank you!

Upama Tamla (Rai) - Media Associate, ECCA

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Children carry home the distributed water filter
Children carry home the distributed water filter

Kaleswor village in Southern Lalitpur is heavily affected by the earthquakes of April and May 2015 as well as by the subsequent after-shocks. Houses are destroyed and people still live outside in tents and temporary shelters without any proper water purification techniques. Many inhabitants of the area are suffering from problems related to poor water quality. There’s a lack of filtration systems and use of disinfection methods.

ECCA distributed 381 sets of water filter (capacity 10 liters) to the students and villagers of Shree Bagh Bhairab Higher Secondary School-7, Kaleswor on 28th August 2015. These water filters were fitted with special ceramic candle which can remove bacteria 99.995%, turbidity 99% protozoa 99%. This means children and villagers don’t have to fear different water borne disease every day anymore.

Filter distribution done by ECCA brought smiles on children and villagers’ faces. “Many of us had never used water filter before. We were unaware about the problem of unsafe drinking water in our community. Thank you ECCA and team for providing us with water filters”, said Subash, president of Bhag Bhairab Nature Club of Shree Bhag Bhairab School. Subash is now actively involved in the local Nature Club for improving the school environment related with water, sanitation and hygiene. He also requested ECCA to provide chlorine solution production training. “I feel safe with ECCA”, added Subash.

We thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in post earthquake recovery activities. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the earthquake affected people.

A villager with the water filter
A villager with the water filter
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After solar lamp and solar panel distribution
After solar lamp and solar panel distribution

On July 28 2015, with financial support raised through Global Giving, ECCA distributed Solar powered lamps (along with Solar panel) in Bidhadheshwari Higher Secondary School of Asrang in Lalitpur district as part of relief activities for the victims of April earthquake. Each of 400 households received two lamp units and one solar panel. Initially being scheduled the day before, bad road conditions (arising due to landslide) on the way to Asrang delayed the Solar Tuki distribution by one day. Nevertheless, school students and parents came again the next day to receive Solar Tukis for their homes.

In Asrang village, Lalitpur, around 97% of the houses got damaged in April's earthquake and recovery process is taking time. With most of the electrical infrastructures damaged during the earthquake, the residents of Asrang had been facing problems of lighting during night time. Those who had access to kerosene lamps were in no advantage because of probable health hazards. Educational arena of school children was equally affected. Thus, to improve the living and learning condition of people of Asrang, distribution of solar lamps and panels was prioritized since it has multiple advantages. Solar Tukis provide a stable and environmentally friendly source of lighting to the families in their homes or temporary shelters.

“Some children have to walk for 3 hours to get to the school“, says a teacher. The village school Bidhyadhishwari Higher Secondary School, which is located on the top of a hill, was severely damaged during the earthquake and the destroyed classrooms were replaced by temporary learning center (consisting of bamboo-structured huts with space for about 30 children, but cannot provide the same teaching conditions as a solid building). “On top of this challenging surrounding, the students have to work hard to help the family when they return from school in the afternoon” the teacher informs us. That's why it's even more important to help the students to improve their living and learning conditions.

"Now we can study anytime we want. Most of the time, we are busy helping our parents with chores. But now, not even darkness can deprive us from studying. From now on, I will study even harder", said Sandesh, one of the students.

We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in post earthquake recovery activities. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the earthquake affected people.

Globalgiving UK representative distributing
Globalgiving UK representative distributing
ECCA Program Officer distributing solar lamp
ECCA Program Officer distributing solar lamp
Happy after getting solar tuki
Happy after getting solar tuki
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Kalidevi Secondary School damaged by earthquake
Kalidevi Secondary School damaged by earthquake

During the assessment and distribution of relief materials in Dolakha (in May 2015), the ECCA team found heavy damages to school buildings, WASH infrastructure and health threat among children and even among adult and elderly people. Most of school students’ education materials were buried under the debris, due to which they were anxious on how to restart their school life. Therefore, there was an urgent need of recovery and rehabilitation program for the school students.

At first, ECCA conducted a three days TOT training program for the youth volunteers on 17th-19th June 2015 at ECCA premises Kathmandu. The youths were trained on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Life Skills along with psychological activities specially designed for the current situation so as to help the students recover from the traumatized situation and continue their studies at school.

Immediately after the training, 20 youth volunteers (divided into 4 groups) were mobilized at 4 project schools of Mirge, Dolakha (Majh Gaun Lower Secondary School, Mirge 1; Kali Dhunga Higher Secondary School, Mirge 7; Kali Devi Secondary School, Payele; and Lali Gurash Bright Future English School, Laligurash Danda). They stayed there for 5 days (22nd -26th June, 2015) and facilitated different fun, skillful, engaging and relieving activities for all the 664 students of the four schools to support them to get back to their normal school lives again. To conduct the WASH and Life Skill Camp in harmony and to gain the maximum benefit from the camp program, class wise division was done into 4 categories- Class 1-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-10.

Shyam, member of ‘Majh Gaun Nature Club’ expressed “It was ECCA counselors who first taught us how to make chlorine solution (WATASOL). They provided us with all the required materials and gave us enough training. Now we can prepare WATASOL on our own and protect ourselves from water borne diseases.” Likewise, mother of Bilash of class 3 from Shree Kali Dhunga Higher Secondary School expressed that she was very happy to see positive impacts on her son. He shared his learning and taught the hand washing method to his family members.

As the devastating earthquake destroyed the water sources, the chances of contracting water borne diseases have increased. To prevent an outbreak, the students were taught hand washing activity and the production and use of WATASOL for water purification.

“I have seen progressive change in the behavior and regular attendance of the students due to the camp activities. Now, the students are more active, energetic and lively in the schools. The technique is very effective as they are learning through fun and interactive activities. Again, I am very grateful to ECCA team and the volunteers for all the support and the help.”- Words shared by Puskar, Teacher of Kali Dhunga Higher Secondary School, Mirge 7.            

Psychological activities were also included in the camp sessions to help the students recover from the trauma they were facing due to the earthquake. Many students were mentally disturbed and not in a state to attend schools continuously. So as to help the students, different activities like- Sharing experience, Dominant and non dominant hand exercise, yesterday today tomorrow, Anger Management, Draw your safe space, Balloon blast and coping skill via ball games were performed. These activities helped the students to minimize their distress.

ECCA supported a day meal in all the project schools for the students and the staff members during the training period. Due to shortage of food materials, students were not attending the schools earlier. Day meal helped the students to come to the school continuously.

Ramji, Kali Devi Lower Secondary School shared “I express my gratitude to ECCA for supporting stationery materials (copy, dot pens, pencils, erasers and sharpeners) for all the students and game materials (carom board, chess board, ludo, skipping, football, volleyball and flying disk), first aid kit, jerry cans, white boards and markers for school. ECCA also supported the construction of water tank in the school as devastating earthquake of 12th May, 2015 severely damaged water tanks of our school.”

We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in post earthquake recovery activities. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the earthquake affected students.

Stationery materials distribution
Stationery materials distribution
Parents observing work of their children
Parents observing work of their children
Teaching proper hand washing technique
Teaching proper hand washing technique
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