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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
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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

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

We thank everyone for your continous support. 

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

ECCA constructed cemented livestock daytime staying and feeding place in 26 households in Dalchoki village, Lalitpur district. Livestock is a major income generation activity in this region. During April 2015 earthquake, along with the houses, animal sheds also got damaged. As a result, local people faced difficulty in raising their livestock. The construction support was provided to help the community in their economy.

The construction comprised of a cemented floor (where animals are kept during the day time) which has slight slope, drain and chamber for urine collection (urine is used in the farming as pesticide). On one side of the cemented floor, animal feeding place has been made. The construction is simple yet provides solutions to multiple problems of people. “Especially during monsoon season, the uncemented floor gets so muddy that the animals have a hard time staying. We had to keep adding soil to make it more even and dry. Fodder would often get mixed with soil and stones”, shares Bhagwati, one of the beneficiaries. According to her, the construction has now solved that problem. It has also provided an aid to livestock hygiene and the fodder of livestock is also secured.

 

IMG_1231Traditional daytime staying and feeding place of livestock
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After the construction

Besides these advantages, another villager Krishna also talks about the increment he has witnessed in milk production, “I used to get 30 litres of milk on a daily basis from my 6 buffaloes. Now, the production has increased by almost 6 litres" (crediting to 1 litre increment per buffalo). Income of Krishna has increased; other households have also been benefited. The construction of livestock daytime staying and feeding place has certainly supported the economy of the local people of Dalchoki. We are thankful to you for helping us support them.

For more regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please visit our blog siteFacebook,websiteTwitter and YouTube Channel.

Difficult learning situation has lessened in Lalitpur district with educational aid provided after the earthquake. The earthquake had made a huge impact creating additional vulnerability in school environment and education system. With frequent earthquake shocks that added to the fear of school children, lack of classrooms and learning matierials had put students in a dilemma to whether or not to attend the school. But the problem did not last for long. 47 schools in 9 affected Village Development Committees (Dalchoki, Ikudol, Asrang, Bhattedada, Malta, Chaughare, Kaleshwor, Sankhu and Gimde) of southern Lalitpur were provided with teaching and learning materials.

With reference to the number of students in each classroom, copies, pens and pencils as well as whiteboards with additional markers, inks and dusters were provided. More than 2400 students have been benefitted by the support.

“Our destroyed buildings were replaced by new temporary learning centers”, said one of the teachers. “However the need for other basic teaching materials was equally indisputable. The support provided by ECCA proved to be a huge relief for us.”

 b Students of Shree Bag Bhairav School, Kaleswor study in their new building. The white board provided by ECCA / Globalgiving is being used.  

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The whiteboard has aided education in Shree KaliDevi Higher Secondary School of Malta as well

 

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"Everything is getting back to its place. To attend school and everything... it feels normal again." say students. The support has now secured more efficient and easy learning environment and we thank you for helping us to make it possible.

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

Separate toilets for boys and girls including proper hand washing basins were re-constructed in Shree Bagh Bhairav Secondary School soon after the April earthquake.

The school is located in one of the remote areas of Lalitpur and many students have to walk for miles just to reach their school. The earthquake completely destroyed boys' toilet whereas girls’ toilet, though unaffected, was in a state of minimal use due to lack of water facility and sanitation. Students sought out for alternatives, which even included going to nearby forest. “It was very difficult for us when these toilets were not maintained as they are now”, shared one of the girl students. “When we were on our menstruation period, staying at home was not an option, it was a compulsion.”

The problems have now been solved. Recognizing the difficulties faced by students and teachers, toilet construction was started as soon as the school approached ECCA. Along with the boys' toilet, existing girls' toilet was remodeled with an incinerator, which is used to burn used sanitary pads. “This action has benefitted over 255 students studying in the school and teachers as well. We are glad we approached you for help”, said the principal of the school to ECCA.

Responsibilities for regular monitoring of water facility and cleanliness of the toilets has been taken by the school’s nature club. This has generated a sense of responsibility among young students. But, most importantly, construction of toilets has encouraged students to attend school regularly and this, in itself, is a huge achievement.

ECCA thanks all its supporters for their help.

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Boys’ Toilet during construction

 

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Girls toilet after the construction of the incinerator chamber

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

 

 

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