The following experiences are based on experiences gained by Ashish Shrestha, an ECCA volunteer during WASH Camp and Life Skill Camp in Siddhi Kamala Lower Secondary School, Sindhupalchwok from 3rd to 6th August 2015:
The powerful and devastating earthquake of April 25, 2015 snatched away all the happiness of the people living in Sindhupalchwok district. Thousands died and countless houses collapsed. Thus, ECCA took immediate action on improving school environment The Conservation Awareness and WASH Camp through Life Skill Activities in early August 2015 was an attempt to put smile on those faces whose eyes were filled with tears. Despite focusing on conducting recreational and refreshment activities to bring psychological happiness among the children, the camp also emphasized on providing knowledge on environment conservation.
This attempt made by the team of ECCA provided a common platform to share the tragic pain caused by the earthquake and its aftershocks. Such sense of empathy of their sorrow certainly lit the candle of happiness among students. A positivity to start a new life with a bright hope is possible as the heat of enthusiasm is generated in oneself. Simple actions like playing games, dancing freely, sharing experiences together, drawing, creating story and presenting it brought hope in students and broadened their level of horizon.
Even in places destroyed by landslide, a tree can grow again with time. There is hope for betterment to come. In the same way there is hope of reconstruction of destroyed houses, schools and proper school environment in well manner. Children can be taught that they have life even after the trauma. After all, happiness starts from nothing but imagination of positive things.