The Nepal earthquake of April and May 2015 damaged numerous physical structures, including those of many schools. The facility of Jwaladevi Vidhya Mandir (JVM) School located in Badegaun, Lalitpur was also damaged. And hence, this school lacked drinking water station for its students.
At the request of the school management, ECCA supported the construction of Safe drinking water station (along with the water tank), which benefited the entire school (33 teachers and 224 students). This new water tank is specially meant to store drinking water, in which chlorine solution is mixed so as to disinfect drinking water.
Mr. Gokul Puri, Principal of the school thanked ECCA and the donors and remarked that the construction of the drinking water station and the water tank has helped the students as well as the teachers.
The Nepal earthquake of April and May 2015 damaged numerous physical structures, including those of many schools. The facility of Pushpanjali Secondary School located in Lalitpur was also damaged, because of which there was no facility for hand washing for the students.
Hence, at the request of the school management, ECCA supported the construction of hand washing station in this school, which benefited the entire school (40 teachers and 400 students).
Mr. Allen, Director of the school remarked “The construction of the hand washing facility will help to prevent the students from being afflicted by various diseases. Thank you for your help.”
ECCA has been working towards developing water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in the schools affected by Nepal earthquake 2015. The existing toilet, which was damaged by the earthquake, was repaired and new toilet constructed in Ganesh Basic School, Dolakha.
In the developed facilities, wall painting was done. The ECCA counselors painted WASH related messages inside as well as outside the toilet building and on the wall next to the hand washing tap. The objective of the wall painting was to make the students aware about WASH and orient them on the proper utilization of WASH facilities.
Before organizing the program, the schools were informed about the details of wall painting. The school principal, teachers and parents assisted for the effective management of wall painting program.
The wall painting was done during summer vacation (the date was coordinated with the school), so as not to disturb the students in their regular class days. When the school opened after summer vacation, students were excited to see the paintings. In addition to providing useful messages, the painting made the physical infrastructures beautiful.
“The painted hand washing technique has helped to remind the students on proper steps related with the hand washing” remarked one of the teachers. The school teachers and students were thankful to ECCA for organizing such a program in the school.
In June 2018, improved cook stove manufactured by Envirofit India was distributed to 340 households affected by April 2015 Nepal earthquake. These cook stove consumes less firewood, emits very less smoke, has high efficiency and are modular (can be easily carried from one place to another). The distributed model has been certified by the Government of Nepal.
These households were previously using traditional cookstove, which consumed much firewood, emitted much smoke thereby contributing towards indoor air pollution and affecting family health (especially those of women).
The cook stove recipients were from ward number 1 (Bhirkot village) located in Tamakoshi Rural Municipality, Dolakha. ECCA team coordinated with the local ward office for identifying these households.
The ward office president was thankful to ECCA and Global Giving Foundation for providing the cook stoves. He shared that out of total 1140 households in Bhirkot village, ECCA had distributed improved cook stove to total 540 households (in 2 lots). The remaining 600 households are yet to be provided improved cook stove, for which he further requested support.
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Villager getting ready to carry home the cookstove
Ongoing toilet construction with separate sections
One of the recent support for earthquake affected schools in terms of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) includes infrastructure construction in Jalpadevi Basic School of Dolakha.
The problem of water unavailability and proper facilities prevailed in the school even before the earthquake; however, it became more severe after the earthquake of 2015. Temporary toilets built after the earthquake provided short-term relief to the school. The necessity to have proper and sustainable facilities was crucial.
To solve the problem, ECCA supported the school to build boys, girls and teachers toilet. The toilets under construction are equipped with proper water facilities and a handwashing station. The girls toilet additionally has an incinerator (to burn used sanitary pads) and separate urinal space.
The students are also excited about the new construction. “We are really happy and thankful”, shared the students. The support will benefit around 121 students, where 60% are female.
"With new toilets, we hope to improve hygiene related behaviour among students as well", shared the principal. The support will hopefully contribute to increase the regular attendance of students, especially girl students who often skip school during their menstruation.
ECCA is also thankful to all our contributors who have helped to make this possible. Your continuous support will help us to improve school environment of more schools in rural Nepal.
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