Support Nepal Earthquake Relief

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
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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
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.

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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.

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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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Old toilet
Old toilet

In our journey of providing better WASH facilities to students in rural schools of Nepal, we have been approaching remote schools, which includes those from Kavrepalanchowk district. This district lies near the capital city Kathmandu, yet has inadequate facilities in terms of health and sanitation.

Mahendra Secondary School, situated at Sanga, Kavrepalanchowk had been facing the problem of toilet and water supply. Girls toilet, boys toilet and teachers toilet all were combined and one had to go far just to fetch a bucket of water. The earthquake of April 2015 worsened the situation. Both the school buildings and toilets were damaged.

Through fund search, the school rebuilt the classrooms, whereas toilet facilities became their secondary priority. “Considering the number of students we had, the toilet we had previously was not adequate in any case. Students would be lining in queues during breaks and having to fetch water for toilet use from far away was a huge problem”, revealed one of the teachers. “But first, we had to make classrooms.”

Identifying the need, ECCA helped Mahendra Secondary School to build both boys toilet and girl friendly toilet in the school premise. Separate toilet was constructed for boys and girls (each having 3 rooms) with proper water facilities (along with water tank and piping). The girl friendly toilet also has an incinerator for proper burning of used sanitary pads.

“Now, we feel happy that the situation has become easier for us”, says a female student relating to comfortable environment during menstruation period.

433 students are currently benefitted by the toilet support.

We are thankful for your support.

Inside view of new girl-friendly toilet
Inside view of new girl-friendly toilet
Inside view of new boys toilet
Inside view of new boys toilet
Incinerator at the back of the toilet
Incinerator at the back of the toilet
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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 buildings 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

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