Nature club organizes Interschool Wall Magazine Competition

Publishing wall magazines is one of the major activities of nature clubs. To make it more interesting, St. Paul Eco Club of Thecho, Lalitpur organized ‘On the spot Interschool Wall Magazine Competition with the support of ECCA on March 5, 2015. A number of schools from Lalitpur were invited to take part.

The competition bore the topic- “Role of Students in developing Safe Drinking Water Habit”. Students of 11 schools showcased their talent bringing out a tough competition. Zing Secondary School of Khokana was finally declared the winner of the competition with a distinct creativity and content deliverance.

“The whole thing was over-whelming!”, exclaimed one of the participants. “It had been a long time since I had participated in any competition and had this much thrill.”

The competition not only helped the students to explore their potentiality but also provided a platform to learn from eachother. Infact, ECCA will continue to support these kinds of programs in days to come.

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“We feel safer now!”; Building safe classrooms for children in Dhading

Susma, aged 7, remembers studying in cold floors and dusty environment. For more than 1 year after the earthquake, she, with her friends, attended classes in poorly managed temporary classrooms made of CGI sheets. Every day at school was a battle against scorching heat of summer followed by harsh winter. Sometimes she didn’t feel like going to school at all.

While learning was getting difficult during such young age, construction of concrete classroom buildings has brought a different pace in Susma’s life. Along with introduction of Multi Grade/Multi Level methodology in her school, all students from Nursery to class 4 are now offered a better learning place.

“With open doors and noisy environment, we used to have great difficulty in conducting classes”, shares Susma’s teacher. “Uncarpeted classrooms with mud floors degraded the hygiene and health of students.”

Multi Grade/Multi Level teaching methodology and use of better facilitated buildings (since 1 month) both have brought effective learning among students, teachers report. Students now are slowly adopting creative learning techniques and are marching ahead of horrors of 2015 earthquake.

“It is safer now.” says Susma. “It is fun to come to school.”

Like Susma, over 300 students of Kundala Higher Secondary School, Bhogteni, Katunje – 15 share her story. The village is in one of the remote areas, lying 28km from Dhading besi (the nearest town) and students have to walk upto 1 hour daily to reach school. Construction of 2 blocks (having 2 classrooms each) by ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) with the financial support of German Nepalese Help Association has indeed brought encouragement among school students to attend school.

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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)

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

The Youth Experience Exchange- Sending Letters to an International Friend

With much excitement Nepalese students of the Youth Experience Exchange Program again gathered to meet at ECCA on 6th of April, 2016. This time the meeting was short but fun. The students received personal letters from students of exchange schools in Finland. In response, they shared similar and contradictory issues about Nepal, its culture, tradition and environment. The letters written by Finnish students themselves brought much excitement among Nepalese students. Continue reading

Nature Clubs collaborate for Door To Door WATASOL Programme in Nepal

How do you confirm that the water you are drinking is safe? What measures do you use to make it germ-free?

“We discovered that chlorinating water could be an easy and effective method to disinfect water. As responsible youths, we felt it was important to make people of our community aware about it”, shared Roshan Dhakal member of Tapeswor Nature Club of Shree Tapeswor Higher Secondary School. Ever since ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) provided training on WATASOL/chlorine solution and also provided WATA devices( with action medeor e.V.‘s support) for its production, the club has been trying to make efforts for creating awareness programmes like this.

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ECCA counselor Aruna Puri advises nature club members on how to approach members of community

Along with Tapeswor Nature Club, nature club of neighbouring school Shree Brahamayani Secondary School also had taken part in the training. Foreseeing a common objective both the nature clubs had therefore collaboratively conducted door to door program on January 25, 2016 where they shared the role of WATASOL in making drinking water safe.  There were 50 participants, 25 from each club in the programme.

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Nature clubs talk with an elderly man about WATASOL

“The earthquake had made the issue of drinking water even more vulnerable few months ago. We all need to be more conscious all the time about the quality of water that we drink. WATASOL being an effective and affordable water disinfectant technique can be used by everyone. Thank you ECCA for introducing it to us”, said Dhakal after the door to door programme. According to him, the people of community showed sheer interest in WATASOL and positively responded to their approach.

[ECCA thanks all donors/supporters for their help in ECCA’s mission of providing ‘Safe Water For Healthy Nepal’. Help ECCA’s initiation by contributing through our Global Giving website.]

-Upama Tamla Rai, ECCA

Earth Bag Retaining Wall in Binayak Bal School

11 m high slope in the school premise of Binayak Bal Lower Secondary School, Badal Gaun, Kavre was a huge risk for landslide along with being a reason for frequent accidents. Especially during monsoon season, the risk of landslide used to maximize threatening the safety of students. But that is about to change. If a preventive measure can be adopted why not take an action for it? The risky geographical landmark is now being changed into a product of bioengineering that is both quick, reliable and offers a bigger range of safety for students. The wall construction is being constructed by ECCA(Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness) with the support of GNHA e.V. (German Nepalese Help Association).

 

Instead of using concrete cements, bricks and regular construction materials, earth bags are made with fillings of available inorganic materials basically soil and then sealed with Aluminium or plastic thread. After developing a foundation with a layering of aggregates, the earth bags are laid consequently in a pattern similar to bricklaying. All the bags are compacted well. To provide frictional stability for layers of earth bags, use of Galvanized Iron barbed wires, buttresses and steel reinforcements is made at measured length interval. So overall the wall is a systematized stack of soil filled sacks with good stability.

The wall construction began on since Jan 4, 2016 and is already in 90% completion phase. “Not only is this kind of wall cost-effective and easy to built, it provides impressive retaining power”, said Raja Babu Dangol, engineer from ECCA while monitoring the construction site.

The wall along with assuring safety will act as a eco-friendly region in Binayak Bal Lower Secondary School. Possible forms of plantation(from bioengineering view) will be done in between each column of earth bags that will provide usefulness as well as more solidity for the wall.

-Upama Tamla Rai, ECCA

All for a better Education; Educational Support by ECCA for 47 schools

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.

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

-Upama Tamla Rai, ECCA

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Senior Social Mobilization Officer of Lalitpur District Mr. Bisweswor Koirala(left) handing over educational materials to a school representative

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ECCA Program Officer Mr. Rabindra Khatri(left) handing over the educational materials to  a school representative

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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.