Shaping budding hopes of the future: ECCA Camp in Rupandehi and Kapilvastu

Every positive change starts from meaningful approaches to people with capacity to create the change.

Relating to Solar Powered Irrigation Program, ECCA camp was held each in Lumbini, Rupandehi and Patariya, Kapilvastu from November 22 to December 1, 2016.  From climate change issues to WASH (Water, sanitation and hygiene), the camp was conducted with a motive of empowering students in knowledge related to environment, health and school club management.

Altogether 41 students from 5 community schools participated in 10 days long camps.  Almost all the participants agreed how people involved in agriculture have been using irrigation technologies based on non-renewable energy sources such as petrol or diesel. “Through this program I have now learnt how beneficial renewable technology such as solar is economically as well as health wise. We are now ready to bring about a change (starting from our own home and community) that will also bear a positive impact on environment ”, responded Riyaj, one of the participants and school club member studying in grade 10.

“Being involved in school club myself, I found sessions on nature club management very fruitful”, said another participant. In fact, the camp helped all participants realize their role in developing their community through agents primarily school clubs. ECCA expects to make the program sustainable and impactful.

-Upama Tamla (Rai)

Solar Water Pumping Program in Rupandehi and Kapilvastu

Impacts of climate change were once a subject of prediction, now its horrors are taking over ecosystems, communities and economics. Current rainfall pattern has in fact created problems for the huge population that depends on agriculture in Nepal. In some places, heavy erratic rainfall has brought natural catastrophes resulting in disastrous flooding of agricultural fields whereas some places in Terai like Kapilvastu and Rupendehi are witnessing almost shifting rainfall that dry rice fields and crops.

With intervention of alternative technology, ECCA has introduced Solar Water Pumping Program for Irrigation in the two VDCs each in Rupandehi and Kapilvastu. The total number of direct and indirect beneficiaries is expected to be around 1465 households.

“Farmers with low land are unable to use the diesel power pump because of high cost, which force them to leave their land barren”, revealed one of the key persons.

“They would do labour work rather than agriculture as they are unsure about the income from crop production basically because of drought adaptation and irrigation issues.”

This project will make use of ground water for irrigation. It will also value add for women groups to improve livelihood and living standard with regular income from cash crops and get access to better nutrition for family health.