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by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Support Nepal Earthquake Relief
Village elderly registering to get cookstove
Village elderly registering to get cookstove

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.

We thank you for your continued support.

Villager getting ready to carry home the cookstove
Villager getting ready to carry home the cookstove
Villagers carry home the cookstove
Villagers carry home the cookstove
Ongoing toilet construction with separate sections
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.

Separate urinal space for students
Separate urinal space for students
Ongoing construction with incinerator behind
Ongoing construction with incinerator behind
Improved cookstove being used (towards right)
Improved cookstove being used (towards right)

Earthquake aftershocks and the struggles of affected people, both have not left Nepalese people. As part of relief program, ECCA has been involved in the distribution of materials such as tents, water filters, first aid kit, stationaries for children etc. and also reconstruction of schools and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) infrastructures.

Dolakha is one of the most earthquake affected areas where 90% of the houses got destroyed. ECCA recently distributed improved cooking stove (ICS) to 200 households in Bhirkot village in Dolakha district. The beneficiaries belong to Majhi and Dalit communities, which are categorized under highly marginalized category in Nepal.  

All the households of the community had been previously using traditional firewood stoves. "Sometimes, it is really hard for us. The smoke from traditional firewood stoves makes it hard to breathe", said one of the beneficiaries. "Also, the forest is off limits for wood collection, and we have to struggle for hours."

The distributed improved cookstove has many advantages for community people, as it consumes less firewood and saves cooking time by 50%. "I think this support will enhance the living standard of Majhi community", shared ward president during the distribution. "And will also save a lot of time and effort."

There also have been frequent cases of people suffering from Tuberculosis, asthma etc. in the past. So, the support will also reduce indoor air pollution thereby improving the health of those who work in the kitchen, especially women and children.

This initiation is also expected to bring awareness among villagers to use more environment friendly technologies.

We thank you for your support.

Shree Palanchok Bhagwati Secondary School of Panchkhal Municipality-09, Kavrepalanchok is one of the schools lying in earthquake affected regions of Nepal. Even before the earthquake, the students did not have easy learning environment.

With only 152 students, the school has many students from low economic background, who have been struggling to attend school. Parents often engage their children in agricultural works now and then, as support to the family. According to the locals, children belonging to poor economic background often have lesser chance of being regularly sent to school as parents hesitate to invest in their education.

So, as a part of educational support for children, ECCA provided 12 "All in One" book to students of class Nursery to Class 3. "All in One" is a package book for elementary grade students, which has chapters of different subjects, thus providing a large range of knowledge.

“We are really thankful for the support”, says one of the teachers. “The books will also be helpful for us to teach them and for the students as motivation to attend school.”

Coordination with the school was done through a youth group called SOFIC Nepal.

ECCA is really thankful for the support. Your continuous support will help us support larger number of students.

The school building where support was provided
The school building where support was provided

Studying in a clean and attractive classroom is any student's preference. Bright, well ventilated classrooms provide positive impact on learning environment of children. Therefore, with an objective of providing children an access to better learning classroom, ECCA recently supported the painting of three classrooms in Shree Purna Sanjiwani Lankhanamai Secondary School of Dhulikhel, Kavre district.

The earthquake of April 2015 destroyed most of the buildings of Shree Purna Sanjiwani Lankhanamai Secondary School. Since then, the school began teaching its students in temporary shelters (built from bamboo). However, these shelters had very limited facilities and were also insufficient for all students. Cold, dusty and uncomfortable classrooms affected health of students along with learning environment. As the situation started getting worse, the community itself gathered some money and built new 3 storeyed building.

The building built a new hope among students and teachers. As the school did not have enough money to paint the classrooms, they requested ECCA for the support. Realizing the need, ECCA stepped forward to help them. All three newly built classrooms are now painted bright yellow, which not only compliments the classrooms but is also ecpected to bring enthusiasm among students for learning. 

"It'd have been dull for our students (to study) without the painting", says Principal Mr. Rajesh. ""We are really thankful for the support."

According to the school, 232 students of the school will be benefitting from the support.

We hope the paint will bring improvement in learning environment of the school. We are also thankful to you for supporting us.

One of the newly painted classrooms
One of the newly painted classrooms
 

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