Building Ownership value through Painting!

One of the cold mornings of January when we would often be sleeping in our warm cozy bed, we packed our bags and headed to Jhule. The colder climate that was about to welcome us had us little anxious but then, we were more excited about the new work we were about to do.

After the devastating earthquake of 2015, four affected community schools of Jhule are being supported to rebuild school toilets (including girl friendly toilets) as well as drinking water and hand washing stations. With hastened and immediate use, these infrastructures could lack proper, safe and sustainable use.  To bring about conciousness and behaviourial attitude regarding sustainable use of supported WASH facilities, we volunteered to organize ‘WASH Corner and Toilet Painting’ program.

Our two teams of counselors scanned two separate schools and started off the painting. Soon, we were surrounded by school students.

“Would you help us?”, we first asked students hovering around us.  With gentle nods, interested kids lined up to receive brushes, paints and instructions. The idea was to guide and let them paint.

After allocating painting tasks, our work sped up. Gradually as the day went by, we painted meaningful messages that helped us deliver sustainable use practices along with a number of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) related alerts. As much as we were excited to continue our painting even in the evening, the cold wind held a difficulty and we completed our paintings in our first school on the third day.

For rest of the three days, we collaborated our teams mobilized in remaining schools. In all the schools, students were excited and we offered them painting tasks and advices for sustainable use simultaneously.  The result was truly satisfying!

“We don’t think any student would want to make these walls dirty”, said a participating student with a laugh.

“Besides decoration, these paintings have given a value. Thank you so much”, teachers shared.

We are glad our hard work was able to influence schools for better use of constructed facilities.

  • Upama Tamla (Rai)
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ECCA Grooms Parents, Teachers and Students in Dolakha

Apparently, students are not the only ones in need of improvement.

On 19th April 2016, four schools of Jhule VDC, Dolakha participated in ECCA’s initiative programme meant for all school stakeholders and students. Parents and teachers from all four schools (Amar Higher Secondary School, Jana Prabhat Secondary School, Janta Lower Secondary School, NayaJyoti Primary School) plus a social mobilizer and a VDC representative took part in 3 days long School Environment Planning and Visioning Training where as students separately participated in ECCA Camp conducted at each school that continued for 4 days. Continue reading

ECCA Nepal signs 3 years Project Agreements with DDC, DEO in Eastern Nepal

‘Supporting Youth for Making Child and Environmentally Friendly Schools in Nepal’ is a student oriented co-project of ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) and Taksvärkki ry with an objective of establishing pleasant and efficient learning environment for students of rural Nepal. The project will be implemented in 15 government schools of three districts- Jhapa, Morang and Dhankuta along with youth exchange programme in 2 schools of Lalitpur.

During first week of February 2016, ECCA signed project agreements with district government officials with an aim to bring them together with other school stakeholders. Besides comprehensive discussions on work plan and agreement signing, ECCA visited School Management Committee, Parents Teacher Association and Nature Clubs of each project schools in all three districts for sharing of drafted school improvement plans prepared by school stakeholders themselves during training camp conducted in November.

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Meeting with Child Club, PTA and SMC at Shree Sagma Secondary School, Dhankuta

“We aim to bring around maximum involvement of each school stakeholder for effective and sustainable outcome from this project”, said Rabindra Khatri, ECCA program officer during the agreement discussion. “From providing regular trainings for nature clubs to supporting schools for WASH infrastructures, we are ready to help in every possible way. But for that, we need co-operation and initiation from young students as well as school representatives”, he added.

“Most of the schools residing in extreme hilly and rural area like ours lie far from interest of people mainly because reaching here is a difficult job. It takes hours to reach schools and even if someone agrees to help, simply transporting materials for infrastructure development or manpower takes double or triple of time, effort and expenses”, shared headmaster of one of the schools in Letang, Morang. “We have been trying to make our schools better for education. Thank you for reaching out to help us. This brings a new beginning for everyone of us here.”

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“I wish we had a better place to safely keep our books and… more books to study!”- Susma, class 9, Dhankuta

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School visit at Jhapa by ECCA along with District Program Officer of Jhapa Mr. Him Raj Sedai (second from left)

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-Upama Tamla (Rai), Media Associate, ECCA

Kerosene Lamps replaced by Solar Lights in Thumki

Gimdi, otherwise known as Karnali of Lalitpur district is one of the most earthquake affected areas of the country. It lies in the hilly region of Nepal acting as home for Dalit, marginalized and Janajati. 95% of the houses got destroyed completely during the earthquake. Shree Thumki Primary School of Gimdi-6 had its buildings turned into complete ruins forcing the students to read in Temporary Learning Centers. Besides this, students being deprived of electricity and light had been struggling everyday from household as well as academic level.

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Thus to help them, ECCA(Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) provided all students of Shree Thumki Primary School with solar lights and panels being based on per household. 32 households were provided by ECCA with the support of Grand Circle Foundation. “The solar lights will now replace kerosene lamps as well as minimize health problems of the people residing here. We are thankful to you for helping us”, said Rajan Kumar Basnet, principal of the school.

The solar lights are energy efficient medium of lighting. They are expected not only help students in their study but also their parents in carrying out daily household activities.

Lastly, ECCA thanks Grand Circle Foundation for its generous support. If you also want to contribute to our ongoing attempt of helping school children through use of alternative technologies, visit our GlobalGiving website.

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

Help and A Little Love this Winter

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A student in Shree Bag Bhairav carries her brother

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.

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Assistant District Education Officer Mr. Khem Adhikari helps a student wear a jacket as students line up to receive theirs

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.

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Pema Lama

“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.

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

-Upama Tamla (Rai), Media Associate, ECCA

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“Earthquake buried belongings, clothes that could have otherwise kept them warm while coming to school during winter…

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Winter support for students in Kavre

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.

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Milan Neupane, Shree Brahamayani Secondary School

“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

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ECCA Program Officer Mr.Bipin Shrestha with a student in Devbal Bhadreswor Primary School

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A student in Jyamdi shares her smile with ECCA counselor Ms. Bimala Lama

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In Shree Brahamayani Secondary School, Gairibisauna