WE HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU

 


Dear all,

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) is currently in its 29th year of establishment. Over the years, we have succeeded in making significant improvements in the sector of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), school environment, community development, promotion of alternate and renewable technologies (A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps,  ICS training) and even conservation related entrepreneurship. We can proudly say that our actions have helped people change their lives. Women in Jajarkot have learnt to invest in income generating activities through saving and credit schemes initiated among their own group. Children of Dolakha have learnt to initiate community awareness programs on their own. Our actions have made a difference in a sense that each trained member in the society now bears a sense of responsibility. The earthquake was however a turning phase for all but it proved more of a reason to work harder right from renovation and rebuilding to development that offers sustainability. From construction of Temporary Learning Centers to formation of nature club in schools, we have been attempting to bring progressive change from local to national level.

This note, henceforth, is to remind each of you contributors for your priceless support because all our successful attempts would have not been possible without you. To all supporters who are incessantly helping us in every way, be it on site volunteering or project donations, we express our heartfelt gratitude. To every heart out there that believes in us, we are thankful.

Considering the present hardships (due to cold weather) being faced by the earthquake affected people (who are still living in temporary makeshift shelters), ECCA recently initiated a campaign Win Against Winter. We’re sure we’ll receive support from each one of you as well.

We wish to move on with your ever-growing aspiration to help our motives.

Thank you!

ECCA Nepal

 

 

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Once again: WASH & Life Skill Program!

On 27th August 2015, our team consisting of 5 ECCA volunteers headed to Shree Saraswoti Lower Secondary School at Lele VDC, Shikharpa, for a two-days WASH and Life Skill Program as part of ECCA’s Children Rehabilitation Campaign. The aim of the training was first to educate students on the need to use safe drinking water and various water disinfection methods in order to prevent the occurrence of water borne diseases. Second, the Life Skill training sessions aimed to encourage and facilitate students who cope with traumatizing experiences after the earthquake to attend school.

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On the first day of our program, our ECCA team gathered all the materials required for our sessions and headed to Shree Saraawoti School at Lele VDC, Shikharpa. During the journey we were both exited as well as nervous. On reaching the school, we had a small meeting with the principal regarding our training schedule. We had to make some adjustments on our schedule with respect to the school’s schedule. Our sessions for the first day included games, creative activities, psychological activities and WASH activities. As the day went by we found the teachers and the students really co-operative and easy to work with, so first nervousness went away soon.

On the second and final day of our program, being already familiar with the school environment, the students and the teachers, we continued the program. After completing our sessions we held a small exhibition for the parents displaying the works of their child during the three day program. We interviewed some parents and they were really happy to see their children enjoying creative activities. We also handed different school materials provided by ECCA over to the school vice principal.

During our program we got to learn a lot from the teachers and the students. We were happy to see the students enjoying our sessions. Not only the students but also our team had fun conducting the sessions.

Written by Sanjogta Thapa Magar

Initiating – KEDRIN

The Terrible Earthquake on the 25th April and the aftershocks that followed claimed over 8,000 souls and devastated the lives of many others in Nepal. Khokana, the town situated at six kilometers South of Kathmandu, turned into rubble and claimed 9 souls and its rich heritage: 812 houses have been completely destroyed and 355 houses are damaged rendering them unfit for human habitation. It was fortunate indeed many people were on their farms when the earthquake hit, resulting in lower fatalities than might have otherwise been expected.

An old women in her destructed house.

An old women in her destructed house.

People have been moved into temporary shelters, living behind their ruined and unsafe houses which are being used to store food and animals. The onset of the monsoon had made living and storing resources even more difficult. The “dunes” of collapse houses have also blocked thoroughfares, making the movement of people through the town and to other villages extremely hazardous and have forced people to live in and around dangerous areas at high risk to their health and lives.

Inspecting the damage of house.

Inspecting the damage of house.

Hence, with an objective to demolish buildings damaged by the earthquake and remove associated rubble and debris to allow regeneration of the community to begin, this project KEDRIN – Khokana Earthquake Debris Removal Initiative has been initiated. This will address the immediate need to demolish unsafe buildings and manage the debris generated in a proper manner. The majority of the damaged houses belong to members of the subsistence farming community who do not have the money to tackle the problem on an individual basis, however, if approached collectively, there would be economies of scale and it would be possible to clear the buildings and debris with fewer resources.

Managing temporary shelter.

Managing temporary shelter.

New plans for rebuilding and community regeneration will only be possible when collapsed structures and debris have been cleared and ample open space has been created. Once this has been achieved, the town can be redesigned and rebuilt, its community heritage and values reestablished, and the community’s way of life restored.

In order to receive financial support (donations) towards the implementation of this project, a donation page is also created in the platform of Global Giving which could be accessed through the links of Global Giving US, and Global Giving UK.

Updates related with the ongoing activities through social media could be received in our Facebook Link dedicated to this project, where as we will also be constantly updating our supporters and donors through our Blog Posts.

A short presentation regarding the project initiation is presented through a short video through this link in our Youtube Channel.

Dolakha Diary – An Experience organizing camp in School

Dolkha Dairy

Dolkha Dairy

“Namaste miss. Namaste sir. Welcome to our school.” When there are blissful tiny voices greeting you along with their tiny hands heavy with garlands that clearly define affection, plus those warm smiles loaded with innocence, you’re bound to forget all your fatigue and consider yourself blessed to be among those people with big hearts. Likewise, the moment we got an affectionate welcome at Kalidevi Lower secondary School of Mirge, Dolakha on June we felt that the challenges we faced on our way, which included of a massive rainfall plus a life-threatening landslide were all worth it.

But the next moment when we let our eyes wander, we saw true horrors of earthquake. The earthquake had left them nothing but a tiny building. All other school infrastructures were in rubbles. Although some temporary structures had been set up for running the classes, most of the students had no materials for study. Many students had their uniform and books buried during the earthquake. Desks and benches were made locally yet they were still not enough for students. We further discovered that the health status of all the children was in a risky situation. All the students and even teachers used tap water from the toilet directly for drinking. Moreover, the nature club of the school was already functionless long ago so there was no chlorine production and no use of chlorine as well. Hence, our foremost objective lied in reactivating the nature club and making all students informative regarding sanitation and healthy habits besides making efforts to take them out of the earthquake trauma.

Fun with Mask

Fun with Mask

We thus started our sessions as scheduled, with numerous games and activities. The children were surprisingly shy and there were few who volunteered for anything we asked. As we started our drawing and coloring sessions in pre-primary classrooms, they were happy beyond anything. Even the teachers told us that they themselves rarely taught children that way. On the other hand, older students seemed fascinated by things that could be learned through art and games.

Students enjoying with mask and characters.

Students enjoying with mask and characters.

On our second morning, we witnessed yet another suffering of the school. Previous night’s rainfall had pooled the school ground and half of the temporary classrooms were flooded with water. Students were busy ploughing around the ground for a water outlet and we got worried about our sessions. Despite everything, we were determined to place the students at ease and try sharing our earthquake experiences together so that they could free themselves from the subconscious trauma.

“During the earthquake of April 25, 2015 I was in maize field working with my mom. When the quake hit us, my mom started screaming and all houses around us started collapsing. That night all of us villagers slept in the maize field of our neighbors and ate whatever we had. Our home got destroyed and we’re now living in temporary shelter. I don’t think it’s ever going to be same again…” As Pabitra spoke these words, the whole class was silent. One by one, every student began to speak up and involuntarily there established a bond among us that reminded us of our common misery and then the strength that we could find among ourselves to overcome it.

On our third and last day, we reformed a nature club in the school. After teaching and demonstrating them things about WATASOL, its method of production and usage, they grew confident about producing and distributing it in the village for safe drinking water.

Students displaying about need of safe drinking water and chlorination as an option.

Students displaying about need of safe drinking water and chlorination as an option.

Meanwhile students from lower section enjoyed learning proper hand washing techniques and other creative activities.

On the second half of the day, the school held a short farewell programme during which we distributed copies and other stationery materials to the students and eventually handed over whiteboards, markers, game materials and a first-aid kit to the school. An exhibition was held at the same time which exhibited our students’ works. Parents observed and thanked us for helping their children. And when the teachers enthusiastically said that they were motivated by our work, we couldn’t help smiling. We were humbled moreby warm farewell given by the children. The moment was indeed very overwhelming because when those blissful tiny voices bade us farewell along with their tiny hands and hugs that clearly defined affection,we forgot the world for a moment and considered ourselves blessed to be among all those people with big hearts.
Thank you ECCA!

Students thanking our team after training program.

Students thanking our team after training program.

With students before departure.

With students before departure.

[The experiences are based on a week long Life Skill Camp mission held at Kali Devi Lower Secondary School, Paile Mirge, Dolkha by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness from June 23 to June 25, 2015]

by – Upama Tamla

EQ Relief: Filter Distribution

There is no disagreement that Water could be a simplest and easiest medium to get infected or transmission of various viral diseases in the current situation of natural disaster. Hence, use of safe water for various purposes in our day to day life needs to be carefully monitored and precautions need to be taken. Scarcity of water at various locations is seen due to disturbance in water distribution system. Hence, distribution of water various POU Water treatment option like water filter and WATASOL (chlorine solution) has been intensified from ECCA.

Locally Assembled ECCA Filter.

Locally Assembled ECCA Filter.

Till today, in coordination and financial support from various organizations like Nepalese Disaster Relief Association (NDRA) Dallas, Himalayan Crossroads, Nepal Child Club Network and local youth groups, 100 sets of water filters were distributed in various locations of Lalitpur, Kavre, Bhaktapur, Sindhupalchok & Nuwakot.

An orphanage located in Jharuwarashi, Lalitpur, sheltering 62 children were provided 10 sets of filter along with 10 pc of water jar for storing and carrying water. Due to the earthquake, the water storage tank got tampered and water well dried, threatening continuous supply of water of the daily use of children. Through the use of filtered water for drinking purpose, the children are now ensured to have safe water as well as far reach of water borne diseases.

Filters provided to EQ affected families of Nuwakot.

Filters provided to EQ affected families of Nuwakot.

Similarly, 10 sets of filter were distributed to the residents of Nuwakot where families were forced to live in communal shelters due to damage in their houses. In coordination with NCCN, 3 filters were distributed in Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur, where 65 people were sheltered in tent. “The health condition of people in the tents were not good and they have no access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation. Most of the children started to with getting illness day by day”, Ms. Roni Shakya, one of the volunteers of ECCA and member of NCCN briefed the condition of communal shelter in Bhaktapur. “Distribution of these filters have ensured the availability of safe drinking water to the families living outside in tents”, she further added as she took incharge for the distribution of filter in Bhaktapur. Safe water for drinking purpose in these communal areas became a big challenge which was tackled through installing the filter in the community.

Children using the ECCA WATER FILTER

Children using the ECCA WATER FILTER

In coordination with Himalayan Crossroads, 30 sets of filters were distributed for the EQ affected families in Chokati village of Sindhupalchok District and 40 sets of filters were installed in the community shelter at Kathmandu, where families displaced from Sindhupalchok were rehabilitated.

The water filter that ECCA has been assembling are prepared through using treatment of silver colloidal solution which ensures the purity of water upto 99.99%.

A small child drinking water from the FILTER

A small child drinking water from the FILTER

To increase support for our initiation and intensify the relief activities, we would like to request you to share our project placed in Global Giving website for online fundraising Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe  Drinking Water. Please help us spread the word around your network through Facebook and Twitter and intensify our relief activities

By: Angel Chitrakar, Priyanka Ghale & Palistha Shrestha

 

Earthquake Disaster Relief Response – Providing Water Treatment Option

Following the devastating earthquake, we feared the big issue on widespread of epidemics arises almost instantly. Over 8 million people have been directly affected by the earthquake that took place on April 25, 2015 in Nepal. The rapid development of the cities around the country has left the citizens with very few options for open areas. Resulting, people to be forced reside in tents and camps in am open spaces scattered around the affected areas. And all these areas are heavily congested.

Staying in Camp due to fear of Earthquake.

Staying in Camp due to fear of aftershocks of Earthquake

Water, food and electricity are in short supply. With the rapid decline in the living conditions, there are no proper sanitation facilities in the affected areas. There is a high probability of using contaminated water which increases health and hygiene issues. The lack of proper health facilities and medicines further stress upon the need to prevent epidemics in the affected areas.

People in refugee camps queued up to fetch a bucket of water.

People in refugee camps queued up to fetch a bucket of water.

In the aftermath of an earthquake, water borne diseases are one of the most easily transmitted ones. Keeping this in mind, ECCA has started production of chlorine solution at its Head Office in Jwagol. The active volunteers along with members of Rotaract Club of Himalay Patan (RCHP) supported on bottling the chlorine solution along with its distribution across the affected areas since the early morning of April 28. Without fearing the downpour of water in day time, the energetic youth volunteers of ECCA and RCHP members, actively supplied WATASOL (chlorine solution) in communal shelters and camps located at various locations of Kathmandu valley. Few volunteers actively participated in distributing WATASOL around Tudhikel cleanup campaign, where as members of RCHP rushed towards various locations of Lubhu, Thaiba, Harrishiddhi and Badegaun to distribute WATASOL.

Volunteers busy packaging WATASOL (chlorine solution) in small and big bottle for distribution.

Volunteers busy packaging WATASOL (chlorine solution) in small and big bottle for distribution at ECCA Office.

In coordination with the volunteers and relief team of Teach For Nepal (TFN), we have already supplied WATASOL to the affected communities in Sindhupalchowk.

To increase support for our initiation and intensify the relief activites, we have also initiated a project in the website of Global Giving, an online fundraising platform. People all over the world with internet access can visit the project page and donate fund for the initiation. The project page could be visiting the following link : Earthquake Relief: Providing Safe  Drinking Water 

Please help us spreading the word around your network and intensify the relief activities.

By: Palistha Shrestha (ECCA-Volunteer)

Computer Education – On the Move II

As an initiation towards Support-A-Child Campaign, on 21st September 2014, ECCA supported 3 set of computers in Shree Minnath Adarsha Shikya Sadan Lower Secondary School. After five months, we have prepared a small presentation through a movie as follow-up of our activities in the school.

We would like to once again thank all our supporters and donors for supporting our initiation towards computer literacy through Suppor-A-Child Campaign. We look forward towards your comment and feedback about our activities in promoting the campaign. Also, we would like to request you all to support us through spreading words and the link of Global Giving in your network through possible way.

Thanks & Regards,

Creating Hope through Solar Tuki

The Year 2014 had been an incredibly successful for us in terms of bringing HOPE & SMILE in the faces of Children & Students – The Future Youth of Nepal. It is believed that pictures speaks thousands word of expression. Hence, we have tried to put some pictures in the form of movie as a story of Glauthok VDC, Chitwan District, Nepal. Hope you all will enjoy this 2 minutes and 57 seconds presentation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i1TtQXMnMM We express our Gratitude towards all our well wishers and supporters for helping us and making a difference. You can support us promoting our Light For All Campaign through GlobalGiving. Please share the link in your networks and help us spread our work. Do follow us in our Facebook Page, twitter and subscribe our Youtube Channel for more updates.

Plantation for Preservation – One School One Heritage Campaign

Preparing for plantation at Sauga Hiti, Lalitpur.

Preparing for plantation at Sauga Hiti, Lalitpur.

ECCA has successfully completed the plantation program on December 5, 2014 with the participation of 70 pupils to mark Int’l Volunteer Day and World Soil Day. It is the program led by ECCA TGG members under One School One Heritage Campaign. It was held at two heritage sites; Purnachandi Temple and Sauga: Hiti of Patan.

Preparing for Plantation @ Purna Chandi Temple Premises.

Preparing for Plantation @ Purnachandi Temple Premises.

The students from 4 different schools namely, Balbinod Secondary School, Tri- Padma Higher Secondary School, Prabhat Higher Secondary School and Yashodhara Bouddha Secondary School had joined hands with TGG members, staff of ECCA and members from Tole Sudhar Samitee of respective heritage sites to make the event successful.

The two hour program was completed with lots of activities going on like clean up, loosening up soil, adding fertilizers, planting the saplings and watering them. All the participants gave a very good feedback on this program. All the community members were very happy with the efforts the youth and children have contributed towards the conservation of their local heritage sites. So, they also co-operated and even provided us with extra tools and water for plantation.

So, in a nutshell, the plantation program was successfully able to place 20 new plant pots at Purnachandi Temple while 108 new plant saplings in the old pots at Sauga: Hiti, which has improved the look of these heritage sites. For the sustainability of the impact, the pots were handed over to the community itself for further care of the plants.

Few glimpses of our activities in our Facebook Album.