Girls toilet in Shree Bagh Bhairab Higher Secondary School in Chaughare, Lalitpur has been renovated with facilities to make female students comfortable during school hours. Continue reading
The devastating earthquake of 7.6 Richter that struck Nepal on 25th April and following 6.8 Richter scale on May 12th took lives of over 9000 people causing millions of property loss. Kavrepalanchowk became one of the most affected districts with an estimated 150,000 people – half of the population of Kavre – rendered homeless and more than 30,000 households destroyed or damaged in some way. Along with this, the district also faced huge destruction in its developing education sector. Almost all the students lost their uniforms and educational materials along with their homes during the earthquake. In case of schools, destruction of school buildings with every other infrastructures offered students little facility/security and almost minimum level of effectiveness in education after they reopened a month later. Continue reading
On January 24, 2016 ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) with Global Giving‘s support provided white boards, markers, magnetic dusters and inks as educational support to 47 schools of 9 Village Development Committees (Dalchoki, Ikudol, Asrang, Bhattedada, Malta, Chaughare, Kaleshwor, Sankhu and Gimde) of southern Lalitpur. The materials were handed over to representatives of each school by Senior Social Mobilization Officer of Lalitpur District Mr. Bisweswor Koirala and ECCA program officer Mr. Rabindra Khatri.
The educational support is expected to provide more efficient and easy learning for more than 2400 students of these schools which are currently in their phase of reestablishing the school environment after being affected by the earthquake.
“We use blackboards for teaching and the chalk dust affects health of us teachers to a great extent. Now we won’t have to worry much”, said Bal Bahadur Lama principal of Kalidevi Primary School, Sankhu
ECCA thanks all donor/supporters for helping it to support students in rural Nepal. With the support of Global Giving, ECCA has already distributed copies, pencils, bags and other stationery materials as well as tracksuits, shoes and socks to students of various earthquake affected districts . Do you want to be a part of the contributors too? If so, visit our Global Giving website.
-Upama Tamla Rai, ECCA
Chaughare is one of the coldest places of southern Lalitpur district in Nepal. With the arrival of winter season, the temperature goes down at ultimate level often creating serious problems for regular conduction of schools. This year the problem is even worse. The earthquake of April made many students homeless leaving them to struggle for fulfillment of the most basic requirements of life: food and clothes. Attending schools is an equal challenge. There is little solace for those who can afford some clothing(which is a rare case) but for the rest, the struggle is beyond imagination.
To solve this problem, ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) in co-ordination with District Education Office and with Global Giving‘s support organized ‘Winterization Support program‘ for the students of Shree Bagh Bhairab Secondary School of Lalitpur, Chaughare on January 13, 2016. Ms. Lorina Sthapit also contributed to the program. With Assistant District Education Officer of Lalitpur Mr. Khem Adhikari as the chief guest along with program officer and representative from ECCA Mr.Rabindra Khatri, all 214 students of the school were provided with woolen jackets and caps.
“After the earthquake, coming to school and staying in class during the shivering cold is hard. But… today is a different day. We hope every suffering child receives supports like we have. Thank you for caring”, said Pema Lama, vice president of school’s nature club with a smile. Along with him, all the students shared their happiness in similar way at the end of the day.
ECCA thanks all donor/supporters for providing help to support students in rural Nepal. With the support of Global Giving, ECCA has already distributed tracksuits, shoes and socks to more than 1000 students of Jyamdi and Gairibisauna of Kavre district. Do you want to be a part of the contributors too? If so, visit our Global Giving website.
-Upama Tamla (Rai), Media Associate, ECCA
The earthquake struck Nepal all unexpectedly. Milan Neupane, a grade 8 student of Shree Brahamayani Secondary School, Gairibisauna, Kavre went to school after it reopened a month later. What he saw next was no different than what had happened to rest of the village. He and his peers stood in shock before reminiscences of the destroyed buildings which used to be their classrooms. “Losing homes was one thing but losing school buildings destroyed our faith of offering a secured learning environment for our students”, said Satrudhan Prasad Shah, principal of the school.
Temporary Learning Centers built later proved to be a huge consolation for students but then incoming winter brought another series of nightmare. Most of the students having lost their uniforms in the earthquake suffered during the cold shivering weather making it difficult for them to attend school. The condition was similar in almost all the schools of Kavre district. So to help the students, ECCA(Environment Camps for Conservation Awareness) with the support of action medeor provided a set of tracksuit, socks and shoes to 1077 students of Gairbisauna VDC and Jyamdi VDC on December 28, 2015.
“I am very thankful for receiving this gift. But more than myself, I am thankful to you for providing these tracksuits, shoes and socks to our little brother and sisters who undoubtedly have to face more difficulty in this cold season”, said Milan after the distribution took place at his school.
Lastly we thank all our donors/supporters. Do you want to be a part of the contributors too? If so, visit our Global Giving website.
-Upama Tamla (Rai), Media Associate, ECCA
BS 2072 (AD 2015), a year with lots of painful memories and full of struggle. First they struggled to survive and now they are struggling to live on.The earthquake of Baisakh 12 (April 25) and following aftershocks brought a sudden change in life of Nepalese people. Over 8000 lost their loved ones, their shelter and everything they had. Life didn’t remain the same as it was before Baisakh 12.The whole country was on chaos. People started living in open area rather than living in their houses and many of them had nowhere to go. People were in earthquake trauma and mainly children were its victims.They got help from others and supported each other and struggled to live on.Those who had money built new homes and others who lost everything are still living under the sky building a home like structure unfavorable to rain, cold and windy climate. So far they have struggled to live on but what now?
In this winter, neither they can afford comfortable home nor comfortable clothes nor quality food, struggling everyday just to live another day. We can hear on the news that people are dying day by day due to cold. Is it their fault they can’t afford to survive against the cold? Do only these people have to face such struggle whereas we all Nepalese were victims of the earthquake?
Let’s help those in need. If you have clothes that you don’t need anymore please bring it to us, we will give it to those in need. Not only the wearable clothes, you can bring torn clothes too. We distribute wearable clothes and recycle the torn ones into sitting mats (cushions) (for students to sit in rural schools, where desks and benches are still not available). Especially for kids of ECD (Early Childhood Development Centers), sitting in the cold and uncomfortable floor is so difficult ……. they will get maximum benefit.
We youths have already come together in many instances, now it’s your turn. Help the needy. Help us in our Win Against Winter Campaign.
– Sujan Rajbahak, ECCA Counselor
If you are willing to help us, you can contact us here.
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.
“The earthquake hasn’t come to an end yet. If it should occur unpredictably, we need to be prepared in every manner for possible losses. But along with empowerment of personal strength, building skills to effectively counsel others is equally important”, said ECCA program officer Rabindra Khatri while facilitating a counseling training in National Resource Center for Non Formal Education, Satdobato on December 30.
The two days counseling training which was facilitated by ECCA in co-ordination with NRC-NFC primarily focused on teaching best counseling techniques to the participants those including psychological healing methodologies and lifeskill activities. Over 24 representatives from 4 CLCs(Community Learning Centers) of 2 districts Bhaktapur and Lalitpur were invited. From interactive art sessions to experience sharing, participants learnt creative ways to deal with victims of disasters like earthquake.
“I feel that my capability to counsel anyone with trauma has increased. I am glad I got invited for this training”, responded one of the participants at the end of the training.
The earthquake left Nepalese people in innumerable losses. With an absolute threat to vulnerable psychological status, noone was as much traumatized as children were. They lost their houses and strived for the safest shelter that their parents could provide. With their books, bags and uniforms buried along with the houses, attending schools is still a huge challenge for children especially of rural areas where economy status of people is weak.
Thus with a motive of supporting and encouraging them to attend schools, ECCA has been providing educational materials to both students and schools with the support of various organizations and individuals. From construction of Temporary Learning Centers to WASH, Life Skills and Rehabilitation Camps sessions, efforts were made for immediate benefit of victimized students. Immediate needs of bags, copies, pencils and other educational materials such as whiteboards, markers have been fulfilled in various earthquake affected districts.
One of the latest educational support was made in December 15,2015 students of Shree Dhandada Primary School in Dhandada Besi, Pyutar-5 where students received bags, copies and pencils. All 25 students received a set of bag, 6 copies and 2 pencils. This will accelerate their mode of learning along with providing some ease to their difficulty in regular school attendance. This is one story but there is still need of attention in remote areas in terms of educational and infrastructural support, ECCA leaves no hesitation in providing needed help.
Do visit our Global Giving website if you want to be a part of the contributors to help us develop a better school environment for school children!
The earthquake in April left a deep rooted terror in the Nepalese minds. In the days that followed the earthquake, the fear was palpable. But amidst the fear and destruction, Ashok Maharjan, a student from Zing Secondary School, Khokana, Lalitpur rose to take action. Witnessing his community crumbling down and having to live out in the open with no shelter was a stark contrast to his normal life. For a Grade 10 student, the reality of being helpless weighed down his mind more than the terror.
The earthquake stripped the community of its basic essentials like water and electricity. At that time, people had no choice but to drink water directly from the source. This posed a serious health risk and increased the chances of an epidemic.
Keeping the threat of an epidemic in mind, Ashok bravely decided to use the skills he learned in his school’s Nature Club and produced Chlorine Solution, WATASOL, despite the ceaseless aftershocks and his family’s worry. As the Nature Club’s President, he called his friends Dipesh Dongol and Sajjan Maharjan and together with the WATA device, set out to find a place with electricity. The locals donated the salt needed for production of WATASOL. After half an hour of wandering, he reached Bhaisepati, the neighboring town where there was electricity and started producing WATASOL.
“Electricity and transportation was the biggest hurdle”, Ashok states. “The people were very supportive and were ready to help us. As part of our Nature Club activities, we had begun to produce WATASOL and distribute it in our community even before the earthquake. As a result, the locals were familiar with WATASOL and accepted it without complains or suspicion.”
He continues to guide and advise other students in his school as well as those who live in the vicinity.
Ashok Maharjan is a prime example of a motivated youth who leads his peers. ECCA is proud to be able to support Ashok in his efforts and hopes to empower and motivate others youths as well.