Budding hopes for the future: Schools in Southern Lalitpur Use Farming for Income Generation

Nature clubs supported by ECCA have been actively involved in various projects to improve their school and community environment. Students from schools like Shree Bagh Bhairab Higher Secondary in Chaughare, Mahakali Devi Higher Secondary in Bhattedanda and Shree Bidhyadeshwori higher Secondary in Asharng, all in Lalitpur, have been working to generate income for conducting club related activities.

As part of this effort to generate income, students of Bagh Bhairab Nature Club of Shree Bagh Bhairab HSS have been engaged in cardamom farming for the past year. As there are 84 members in the Nature club, the work is equally distributed among them. Although the students have yet to get a harvest, this new and interesting venture has kept the students occupied and dedicated to the cause, which could generate fund for various activities for nature club.

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Shree Bagh Bhairab nature club members showing the cardamom plants.

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Students at the cardamom plantation.

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Students discuss about the plantation.

At Mahakali Devi HSS, banana farming has been initiated to support Bal Batawaran Samuha, the school’s nature club’s internal income generation. For a year now, the club members have dedicated their time and effort expecting a healthy harvest,hoping the income made from this will be enough to cover all the expenses for various activities carried out throughout the year. For the young students who had no previous agricultural knowledge, they have found it to be an enriching experience to be participating in the natural process of growing food.

Mahakali Devi HSS compound.

Mahakali Devi HSS compound.

Banana plantation at Mahakali Devi HSS.

Banana plantation at Mahakali Devi HSS.

Students walk towards the plantation.

Students walk towards the plantation.

Students explaining their plans to visitors.

Students explaining their plans to visitors.

Shree Bidhyadeshowri Nature Club members planned a nursery for plants, including asparagus and mango. Since last year, it has earned them Rs. 2,000, making a significant contribution to the club funds. Making proper use of the available space in the school, it has helped in managing the otherwise wasted land and teaching the students about different plants.

Students at Shree Bidhyadeshowri HSS.

Students at Shree Bidhyadeshowri HSS.

The nursery.

The nursery.

ECCA is providing necessary assistance, financial and otherwise, to the nature clubs. The project in these schools are a part of ECCA and Wilkins Memorial Trust (WMT). Similar projects are being conducted by nature clubs in the respective seven other schools.

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