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
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.
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.
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
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!
Peepaldada VDC of Sindhupalhwok couldn’t gleam more than it did on June 30, 2015 when the construction of nine Temporary Learning Shelters (TLC) in four schools namely Shree Siddhi Kamala Secondary School, Sita Primary School, Bageshwori Lower Secondary School and Dakshinkali Lower Secondary School was completed, promising undulating education for children. Faces lit with joy as all the children were provided with educational, recreational and Early Childhood Development (ECD) kits as sources of motivation and effective schooling.
When 7.8 ritcher earthquake hit Nepal back in April, most of the physical infrastructures of Sindhupalchowk turned to complete ruins. School buildings were no exception. Even though time flew by and people recovered from such a traumatic event, they were in no place to send their children to school as there was no saying in how much time would be required to reestablish school buildings and proper learning environment. Realizing this, Environment Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) and Hands International with the financial support of Medico International (MI) came forward with government authenticated concept of TLC along with the provision of educational, recreational and ECD kits for young children. TLC requires lesser time and fewer materials (bamboo, tarpaulin, Corrugated Galvanised Iron sheet etc.) for construction and are very suitable for learning until stable buildings are rebuilt.
Now six more schools of Ramche VDC in Sinchupalchowk namely Bhatte Primary School, Himchuli Primary School, Janajagriti Primary School, Saraswoti Secondary School, SindhuBahira Lower Secondary School and Suryodaya Primary School are in process of being benefited by this three months long project which started back in June. Despite the lack of transportation, the combined effort of volunteers and school management committee has aided to establishing six TLC’s in above mentioned schools. 70% construction is already completed and by next week, there will be children there, studying the way they used to, taking a leap that they should, towards their future to make it bright.
“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.
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.
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.
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!
[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
21st November 2014 (Friday) was the day on which 3 sets of desktop computers were successfully installed in the computer lab. Accompanied by 2 old desktop computers at Shree Minnath Adarsha Shikya Sadan Lower Secondary School, the mini lab now have 5 fully operational desktop computers to be used for educational purpose by the students. 52 students from grade 6 to 8 will now have computer education with practical knowledge of information technology through first hand experience.
As a part of Support A Child Campaign, the computers were handed over to the school through organizing a function inviting members from school management committee, teachers, students and local guardians. The guest and attendees along with the teachers and school management committee thanked ECCA and all the supporters of this program for running this campaign and also expressed their hope for its continuity in coming days ahead.
“We are really excited to have new computers in our school. This will help us know more about the world, English education and makes us competitive. Now we hope that we will get to learn computers in a better way than before” – shares a student of grade – 7. “In addition, this will certainly improve our compulsion of sharing one computer by five to eight students like earlier days, which was a real obstacle for our proper computer learning class”.
Miss Nanu – computer teacher expressed “I believe necessity of better infrastructure of computers is solved towards the smooth operation of computer classes and will help students to pursue better computer education which was otherwise very difficult with only two well-conditioned computers in school”. She further adds the necessity of well-trained computer trainer in the future for the school as she admits the growing interest and the skills of the students towards computer education in a very dramatic way compared to the past.
The activities and the interests shown by the students are always reported to be remarkable indeed, as also shared by Miss Anna, an international volunteer, with her experience of teaching English language to the same students in the past days. She had also been very happy to see the everlasting hope and enthusiasm in the eyes and deeds of these students’ through which everybody gains the feeling that these students need eternal support. This gives us a chance to recognize that the children, within their learning period are most of the time, which simply have not had the right supporters around them-because of circumstances beyond their control. For this, this campaign of ‘Support a Child-Help Child go to school and study’ run by ECCA has given them a milestone support and love to these learning students.
We would like to acknowledge all our donors through Global Giving and supporters for helping us in our initiation to bring some changes in the future of children in Nepal. Glimpses of the program activities could be viewed in the album placed in Facebook. Do subscribe our blog post, facebook page and twitter to get yourself updated in our activities. We look forward towards your support in our campaign Support A child.