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Safe Water for Healthy Nepal

Safe Water program is targeted towards reducing occurrence of waterborne diseases and finally eliminating it from communities to make healthy-wealthy Nepal through promotion of low cost technologies.

What is the problem the project is addressing?

Due to loss of houses and buildings, people are obliged to refuge in communal shelters. The lack of accessibility and various other conditions and situations, the basic needs of survival like use of safe and treated water cannot be ensured. Hence, at this situation there is a high probability of spreading of water borne diseases in the community due to lack of safe and treated water. Due to damage of water sanitation facilities in their school, children are facing difficulty.

How will this project solve the problem?

Orientation and awareness programs on safe drinking water targeting the communities that lack knowledge and access to technologies. Promotion of different technologies for safe drinking water. Reconstruct water and sanitation facilities in the school

What is the potential long-term impact of this project?

Responding towards the immediate need of availability and use of safe and treated water, we will continue our work towards promoting safe drinking water campaign in Nepal. The project will help reduce the possible spread of water borne diseases in the affected area as well as change in behavior towards using safe and treated water in their day to day life.

Nov 19 2019

Safe drinking water station in Bal Vinod Secondary School

Prachet

Bal Vinod Secondary School, located in Natole, Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Nepal has 22 staffs and 220 students. ECCA has launched safe drinking water program in this public school. The Child Club students regularly produce chlorine solution in the school from the Mini WATA device provided by ECCA. This chlorine solution is then used to disinfect drinking water.

The school lacked proper drinking water station. At the request of the school management, ECCA is supporting the construction of Safe drinking water station in this school, which will benefit both the staffs and the students. Mr. Madhav Prasad Khatiwada, Principal of the school thanked all for the support.

We also thank you for your support.

Aug 20 2019

Completion of Safe drinking water station in Phulchoki English School

Prachet

In Phulchoki English School, located in Badikhel, Godawari Municipality of Lalitpur district, the Nature Club students are producing chlorine solution in the school from the Mini WATA device provided by ECCA. This chlorine solution is then poured in the overhead water tank kept in the roof of the school building.

Previously, disinfected drinking water was filled in the bottles for drinking by the students, since the school lacked drinking water station. From ECCA support, the construction of safe drinking water station was recently completed. Now, students can easily drink disinfected water in groups.

Mr. Diwakar Acharya, Principal of the school has thanked all for the support.

We thank you for your support.

 

May 24 2019

Safe drinking water station in Phulchoki English School

Prachet Shrestha

Safe drinking water program was launched in April 2018 in Phulchoki English School, located in Badikhel, Godawari Municipality of Lalitpur district. The Nature Club students are producing chlorine solution in the school from the Mini WATA device provided by ECCA. This chlorine solution is then used to disinfect drinking water.

The school lacked drinking water station. At the request of the school management, ECCA is supporting the construction of Safe drinking water station in this school, which will benefit the entire school (24 staffs and 250 students).

Mr. Diwakar Acharya, Principal of the school thanked all for the support and remarked that the construction of the drinking water station will help the students as well as the school staffs.

We thank you for your support.

 

Feb 26 2019

Construction of Safe drinking water station

Prachet Shrestha

Jwaladevi Vidhya Mandir School is located in Badegaun, Lalitpur. Safe water program was launched in this school in June 2018. The Nature Club students are producing chlorine solution in the school from the WATA device provided by ECCA. This chlorine solution is then used to disinfect drinking water.

The school lacked drinking water station. At the request of the school management, ECCA supported the construction of Safe drinking water station (along with the water tank) in this school, which benefited the entire school (33 teachers and 224 students).

Mr. Gokul Puri, Principal of the school thanked ECCA and the donors and remarked that the construction of the drinking water station and the water tank has helped the students as well as the teachers.

We thank you for your support.

Nov 28 2018

Hand Washing Station

Prachet Kumar Shrestha

Pushpanjali Secondary School Student Club, located in Taukhel, Lalitpur, has been successfully producing chlorine solution in their school from the WATA device provided by ECCA. This chlorine solution is then used to disinfect drinking water supplied to their students and teachers. This school lacked separate facility for hand washing.

Hence, at the request of the school management, ECCA supported the construction of hand washing station in this school, which benefited the entire school (40 teachers and 400 students).

Mr. Allen, Director of the school remarked “The construction of the hand washing facility will help to prevent the students from being afflicted by various diseases. Thank you for your help.”

We thank you for your support.

 

Aug 31 2018

Wall Painting on WASH facilities

Prachet Shrestha

ECCA has been working towards developing water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in the schools. In the developed facilities, wall painting was done in July 2018. The ECCA counselors painted WASH related messages inside as well as outside the toilet building and on the wall next to the hand washing tap. The objective of the wall painting was to make the students aware about WASH and orient them on the proper utilization of WASH facilities.

Before organizing the program, the schools were informed about the details of wall painting. The school principal, teachers and parents assisted for the effective management of wall painting program.

The wall painting was done during summer vacation (the date was coordinated with the school), so as not to disturb the students in their regular class days. When the school opened after summer vacation, students were excited to see the paintings. In addition to providing useful messages, the painting made the physical infrastructures beautiful.

“The painted hand washing technique has helped to remind the students on proper steps related with the hand washing” remarked one of the teachers. The school teachers and students were thankful to ECCA for organizing such a program in the school.

We thank you for your continued support.

 

Jun 05 2018

Use of Tulip Siphon filter: A step towards safe drinking water

Prachet Shrestha, Rabindra Khatri

Jajarkot, a hilly district located in Mid-western region in Province-6, is considered to be a remote district having very limited access to electricity, telephone and other basic facilities. The road facilities are only up to the district headquarter.

Due to lack of knowledge about domestic water purification techniques, various water borne diseases (like diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid) are widely seen in the village leading to death of people in the past. Only 50% people have access to piped water nearby their houses, and the villagers have been suffering every year due to the lack of safe drinking water and good sanitation practices.

ECCA provided Tulip syphon filter (manufactured by Basic Water Needs, Netherlands   http://www.basicwaterneeds.com/) to the local residents. This water filter is fitted with Tulip ceramic candle, which is treated with nano-silver, contains activated carbon and has lifespan up to 7,000 liters. This candle purifies the water of bacteria, parasites and turbidity. This candle removes bacteria 99.995%, turbidity 99%, protozoa 99%. The use of such water filter will help to reduce the water borne diseases.

Ms. Shrijana, one of the beneficiaries, shared "whenever we have an epidemic in village, government and social organization used to distribute chlorine tablets and liquid water purifier, but when such tablets are finished, we don't have idea what to do. Now, with this Tulip syphon filter, we are able to have safe drinking water for many years".

We thank you for your continued support.

 

Mar 05 2018

Supporting 530 students get access to safe drinking water

Upama Tamla (Rai)

Crescent Academy English School is a locally renowned school of Godawari, Lalitpur. However, with poor drinking water facilities and inadequate budget for their improvement, the school faculty had been struggling to provide sufficient water for the students who were often compelled to leave classes, go home early or fell sick due to consumption of impure water. After finding about the situation, ECCA stepped forward to help the school.

ECCA's intervention in the school includes both hardware support and trainings. Safe drinking water station was constructed in the school premise making the water system well managed. Support of 10 sets of jars and dispensers has provided students immediate access to drinking water in the classroom itself.

"The absence of safe drinking water brought difficulties especially during summer and rainy season. Students reporting the cases of Diarrhoea were frequent. During physical education classes, we struggled to conduct any outdoor activity as there used to be no water if any student felt thirsty", shared one of the teachers. "The situation has now changed with the ECCA support and we feel very relieved."

According to the teachers, decrease in cases of water borne diseases (like diarrhoea) among the students has brought gradual decrease in students' absent rate.   

In addition, ECCA has been working with school's nature club. Through training on chlorination production procedure as well as chlorination device support, the club is now producing chlorine solution on their own, which is used in the school for water disinfection.

"We were ignorant about purifying drinking water as we had no proper facilities in the first place", said a nature club member. "But, after gaining knowledge regarding chlorine solution and using it practically, we have developed habit of checking any water before we drink, even outside school."

The support has, in fact, brought awareness and safe drinking water practice among school children. We are very thankful to all of you for your support. 

Dec 17 2017

Refresher Training on Nature Club Management and WASH

Upama Tamla (Rai)

ECCA conducted Refresher Training on Nature Club management and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) from November 22 - December 2, 2017. Nature clubs from 20 schools of Lalitpur and Kavre districts took part in the training that brought together newly elected nature club representatives to focus on different issues of water, sanitation and hygiene.

All the participating nature clubs have been supported by ECCA to work in school and community level for safe drinking water, sanitation and environmental issues. They were also provided chlorine solution producing WATA device (along with its training), by the help of which they were able to produce chlorine solution by themselves and use it in their school and adjoining community. Thus, this training also proved to be an opportunity to learn the chlorination method for new nature club members.

"The training was really interesting. Different people have different ideas and if we work in co-operation, we can include those ideas and bring better results", said Grishma, from St. Paul Nature lub. "We also received a lot of ideas on sustaining our nature clubs, so I am very happy."

The nature club members were also accompained by their teacher. "Most of the people in our community are still ignorant about WASH issues. For example, adopting purification method to drink water is not always a prioritized issue", said one of the teachers. "Hence, these kind of program done by ECCA bring frequent reminder and encouragement for our students to raise WASH related issues in their community."

The participants also made action plans to turn their ideas into action. The training ended with commitments from the participants to work together.

Thank you for your support for helping ECCA in its mission of providing safe drinking water access to Nepalese communities.

 

Sep 20 2017

10 Water Filters Supported to Shree Palanchowk Bhagwati Secondary School

Upama Tamla (Rai)

ECCA recently supported Shree Palanchok Bhagwati Secondary School of Panchkhal Municipality-09, Kavrepalanchok to improve its safe drinking water faciltiy by providing 10 stainless steel body water filters, each fitted with silver colloidal Tulip ceramic candles (capable of removing microbes and protozoas).


The school has 152 students studying from Montessori to class 12. Previously, the school was not able to provide disinfected drinking water for the school students during school hours. The school has one polythene tank for storing water and this tank is filled once a week. The school had no resources to purify the collected water. In such condition, some students had been carrying water from home in a bottle.

According to students and local people, the atmosphere of the place is often hot during school time. Due to this, the students feel more dehydrated and need more water. As the consequence, the school management had decided to run school during early hours (from 6 AM – 11 AM during summer).

The water filters provided by ECCA have been placed in each classroom. The students have voluteered to fill these water filter in their respective classroom each day; and hence, they can now easily have access to purified drinking water. All the students as well as teachers are now happy to have the water filter in their classroom and have committed to use it in proper manner. Total of 152 students and 13 teachers are currently benefitted with the support. Coordination with the school was done through a youth group called SOFIC Nepal.

ECCA is thankful for your continuous support.

Jun 21 2017

15 water filters supported to Mechi Model Academy

Upama Tamla (Rai)

Mechi Model Academy of Jhapa lies in plain Terai region of Nepal. Like in most of the places of Terai, the school has tubewell as the only source of drinking water. The school has around 300 students but depends on only 2 tubewells for drinking purpose.

Realizing the problem, ECCA first conducted water quality test (Coliform test) in the school. During this test, positive test results were found (i.e. occurrence of disease causing Fecal coliform and E.coli bacteria). According to the teachers, no water disinfection techniques were used till now. “This could be the cause for previous water-related health cases in the school. Lack of storage tank has also led us to drink the water directly from the tubewell", they revealed.

ECCA provided 15 pcs. of water filters (along with 30 water bottles) in this school. These stainless steel body water filters have been fitted with nano-silver treated ceramic candle, which can remove bacteria, turbidity and protozoaAfter the distribution of these water filters, it is now expected that water related diseases will reduce. 

Now, each classroom (including teacher’s room) has a water filter. Both students and teachers are now provided better access to safe drinking water. Also, facility of drinking water within the classroom has helped the classes to go smoother as the trend of going out (from classroom) for drinking water during classes have lessened.

We are glad we could help being a change in this context.Thank you for your help, without which this would not be possible.

We look forward for your continous support.

Mar 29 2017

World Water Day Celebration 2017

Upama Tamla (Rai)

On the occasion of World Water Day on March 22, 2017, ECCA conducted Interaction & story sharing program as well as documentary show for the members of two women groups of Patan, Lalitpur. The documentary was based on water borne diseases and safe drinking water. The theme for 2017 World Water Day 'Why waste water?' was also discussed after the documentary show.

ECCA has been supporting four women groups of Lalitpur in the distribution and sell of chlorine solution (WATASOL) treated drinking water.

Sunita, a resident of Banglamukhi, Lalitpur said, “I used to fetch drinking water directly from nearby stone spout. But after knowing possible hazards of unsafe drinking water on health, I have started using chlorine treated water. We (our family) feel the progress in our health with the use of disinfected drinking water.”

According to the respondents, distribution of chlorine treated water by women group has mostly benefitted low income people who were previously unable to afford water disinfecting technologies due to its high cost.

Distribution of safe drinking water through four women groups is currently benefitting around 150 families. In the coming days, ECCA plans to reach more rural and urban communities devoid of safe drinking water facility.

We thank you for your continued support.

 

 

 

Dec 26 2016

Refresher Training and WATA kit support to six schools in Jhapa

Upama Tamla (Rai)

ECCA has been working in six schools of Jhapa district (in East Nepal) for School Environment Improvement. WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) related training was conducted from December 13–15, 2016. The 3-days program focused on different aspects of WASH, among which WATASOL (chlorine solution) production from Mini WATA device was a major part. Total 30 students from nature clubs of six project schools, as well as few teachers and new ECCA counselors of Jhapa, participated in the training.

Prior to WASH program, coliform test of drinking water was conducted in all the six schools. Drinking water in all the schools was found to be infected with E.coli. So, along with the construction of required infrastructures (drinking water stations), water purification technology was introduced. Since chlorination is one of the easiest methods of making drinking water safe, Mini WATA device was provided to the school nature clubs for the production of chlorine solution.

“Coliform test made us realize how vulnerable we are towards water borne diseases”, said one of the participants. “Now that we have received the training, we will conduct awareness programs in the community, regarding safe drinking water issues along with WATASOL production in our school.”

The produced chlorine solution will be used in the school and the nature clubs aim to approach communities in order to encourage them to use water purification methods before drinking water.

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ECCA staff demonstrating the procedure of WATASOL production

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A participant practices making WATASOL during the training

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Group practice to make chlorine solution

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ECCA staff hand over Mini WATA device to nature club of Saraswoti Secondary School, Lakhanpur, Jhapa

We thank you for your continuous support in our initiation to help provide safe drinking water to Nepali schools and community.

Oct 16 2016

Counselors in action; raising safe drinking water issues in Kathmandu valley

Upama Tamla (Rai)

As the Kathmandu valley faces rising cases of cholera, ECCA has been organizing more community awareness programs related to safe drinking water. Since the past few weeks, ECCA counselors are actively engaged in conducting safe drinking water programs at vulnerable parts of the city to bring up issues of preventive actions.  The programs not only make communities aware about safe drinking water, but it also intensifies youth involvement in raising community issues.

Pratik , new ECCA intern shares his experience of organizing WATASOL stall with senior counselors at Mangalbazar, Lalitpur, “As visitors approached us with curiosity, we explained them about the recent outbreak of waterborne diseases. As one of the solutions to making drinking water safe, we presented WATASOL, a chlorine solution that disinfects unsafe water.”

About 100 people visited the stall over one day. He further expressed, “I was surprised to see how cooperative people were. In my view, people were pleased to find a solution that could help them protect their family from being sick.”

blog.jpgSujan, one of our active counselors, who organized another WATASOL stall at Manamaiju Village shares,  “Since WATASOL was new to the villagers, they were not sure about using it at the beginning. As we explained about water pollution and water quality testing techniques, they were shocked to hear that their daily consuming water is so polluted. Some of them agreed to use WATASOL and some of them wanted to confirm the water quality (they took home coliform testing vial for water quality testing purpose). Overall they seemed clear about our motive and we are happy about it. We hope our action will bring positive change and awareness in people and thus promote healthy life.”

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A street drama was also conducted by ECCA in collaboration with Amarapur Community Learning Center (CLC) at Bungamati village, where counselors performed to address drinking water issues and also rising cholera cases. WATASOL stall was placed by nature club members of Tri-Ratna Co-operative Secondary School.

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As we attempt to make communities aware about safe drinking water issues, we expect positive outcomes and behavioral changes in the people.

 

We thank you for your continued support.

 

 

Jul 22 2016

Women lead Safe Drinking Water practice in community

Upama Tamla (Rai)

 

Nepal is regarded as one of the richest countries in water resources but people have problem of water scarcity. Department of Water Supply and Sewerage  estimates 80% of the total population to have access to drinking water, however it's safety cannot be guaranteed. People of larger cities like Kathmandu valley are even more devoid of access to adequate and safe drinking water due to its growing population. Especially women, who are mostly assigned to look after household chores, struggle to collect and manage water storage for their families.  

To minimize the hardship, Hamro Sankalpa Mahila Samuha, a women group of Chyasal, Lalitpur came forward last year. They installed water tank  and adopted water purification technique in their community with ECCA’s support. Ms. Kanchi, one of the members of the group took the initiation and started to distribute WATASOL (chlorine solution used for water disinfection) treated water in her community soon after the earthquake.

“Everyone dreaded the outbreak of water borne diseases. We feel that we have taken action to prevent it”, says Byanjankar.  Currently the supply is enough for about 90 households in the locality.

 

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This initiation has not only helped to provide adequate and safe drinking water to the community but also has contributed towards women empowerment and entrepreneurship by bringing them together to solve a common problem.

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) has been working in the field of safe drinking water in various regions of Nepal since the year 2000. We thank all our well wishers for the support. To receive regular update about ECCA activites, please visit our Blog site,  Facebook,  Twitterwebsite, and YouTube Channel.] 

 

Apr 25 2016

Water Filters Improve Health of Students

Upama Tamla (Rai)

The water filters given by ECCA are finally making an impact.

In November,10 schools in remote villages of Southern Lalitpur district in Nepal were provided with more than 200 stainless steel water filters as post earthquake support. These schools, after having gone through severe infrastructural damage and loss of safe drinking water accessibility, were seeking for a way to provide their students with safe drinking water facility. Some schools had to fetch water from far places and the purity could not be guaranteed. The threat to health of students and school community was irrefutable, thereby prompting  ECCA to provide the filters to all schools. The distribution had taken place in accordance with  number of students and classrooms in each school.

These stainless steel body water filters are fitted with nano-silver treated ceramic candle, which can remove bacteria, turbidity and protozoa”, says Prachet Shrestha from ECCA.

Now, every classroom in each school has a water filter which assures possible level of purification even upon long storage.

“Cases of water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea among the students has reduced”, said one of the teachers from Shree Kali Devi Higher Secondary School, Malta. The water filters will prove to be even more useful with the incoming of monsoon season when drinking water have high chances of getting mixed with turbidities.

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A student drinks water during his leisure time at Shree Kali Devi Higher Secondary School, Malta

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In Shree Maha Kalidevi Higher Secondary School

 Lastly, ECCA thanks all donors for their continous support in its mission of providing safe drinking water for people living in remote Nepal, especially for those affected by the earthquake. For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please also visit our websiteFacebook,  TwitterBlog  and YouTube Channel.

Mar 29 2016

Door to Door Safe Drinking Water Program by Bal Binayak Nature Club students

Upama Tamla (Rai)

On March 2, 2016 Bal Binayak nature club of Badal Gaun, Kavre conducted a door to door program regarding safe drinking water as an onstage community awareness practice. The main objective of the program was to aware the community on simple ways of purifying water. The club has been active in conducting these kind of programs especially after the earthquake. During the program, which basically focused on the use of WATASOL (water disinfecting chlorine solution), 20 club members actively participated.

After a short orientation by ECCA counsellors and meeting with the nature club members, the program started off with division of club members into three groups and allocation of these teams in three sectors of the village.

The nature club members provided information about the causes of water borne diseases, consequences and measures to be applied while drinking water and also suggested the importance of water disinfection and ways of using WATASOL. Along with making people aware about the water related hazards, the team also distributed WATASOL bottles to the houses (including informative pamphlets).

After interacting with the local people, it was quite clear that many people were unsure about the importance of disinfecting water and they didn’t adopt any technology to disinfect drinking water. Therefore WATASOL became a perfect solution to them. For those few people who were already using WATASOL, the program became additional help to expand their horizon of knowledge about the WATASOL.

“We found that maximum people were satisfied with the quality of water they receive in their day to day life,” said Sushil, one of the club members . “So it was not easy to convince them that the drinkable looking water could still contain harmful pathogenic microbes”, he added.

“Since they (club members) told me that this water purifying solution doesn’t contain any kind of chemical during its manufacture, I think I can safely use it,” said one of the villagers.

The program indeed proved to be productive and 'a perfect community outreach methodology' benefitting both young nature club members and the people of their community.


Glimpses from Door to Door community approach:

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Lastly, we thank our contributors who have helped in our safe drinking water project. Please visit our blogsitewebsiteFacebook,  Twitter and  YouTube Channel for regular updates regarding our programs and activities. 

Jan 11 2016

138 Filter Sets For Schools

Upama Tamla (Rai)

On November 27, 2015 ECCA handed over 138 sets of water filter to representatives of five schools located in Southern Lalitpur, where immediate attention for safe drinking water was required. Infrastructures and accessibility to safe drinking water in those schools were destroyed by the earthquake thus creating a threat to the public health.Hence, based upon the number of students, Shree Gothbhangyang Higher Secondary School of Dalchoki, Shree Jana Jagriti H.S.S. of Ikudol, Kali Devi H.S.S of Malta, Shree Mahakali Devi H.S.S. of Bhatttedada and Shree Magar Gaun H.S.S. of Sankhu received 28 sets, 31 sets, 29 sets, 32 sets and 18 sets of water filters respectively.

The filters will be used for safe drinking water purpose in all classrooms. This will help in promotion of better health of students and teachers residing in the rural area. ECCA plans to provide water filters sets to other needy schools as well.

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These stainless steel body water filters were assembled in ECCA and are fitted with nano-silver treated ceramic candle, which can remove bacteria, turbidity and protozoa.

We thank all our donors for their continous support in our mission of providing safe drinking water for people living in remote Nepal, especially for those affected by the earthquake. For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please also visit our websiteFacebook,  TwitterBlog  and YouTube Channel.

Jan 11 2016

WE HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU

Upama Tamla (Rai)

Dear all,

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.

Furthermore, we have prepared a short 2 minute video on our post-earthquake activities. We look forward to receiving your response on it.

Thank you!

ECCA Nepal

 

Nov 24 2015

SafeWater for All - An Account on Refresh Training

Angel Chitrakar

 

Besides conducting broad level community workshops regarding safe drinking water procedures, ECCA prioritizes the engagement of school and students by taking nature clubs into its wings. Nature clubs include a group of young and willing youths who work for establishing an eco-friendly and healthier environment. Besides focusing on activities like establishing herbal gardens, they are also trained to maintain school decorum for improving their hygiene status, conduct varieties of other programmes such as intra-school competitions and even community outreach programs involving health issues. Along with similar WASH related responsibilities, the clubs are assigned to make effort for providing safe drinking water to the whole school. With partner organizations such as Antenna Technologies, ECCA has been providing equipments for chlorination (a water disinfectant technique) so that the nature clubs can produce WATASOL themselves and bring it into use.

Refresher Training for Students on Safe Water

Refresher Training for Students on Safe Water

As each club welcomes new members every year, ECCA has also made provisions to provide interactive refresher training frequently with an objective to give them a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge regarding the proper use of chlorinator and the benefits they can acquire from it. In such manner, the efficiency of nature club in regular production and use of chlorine is increased and this naturally brings a decrease in possible water-borne health hazards ensuring a safer living environment for students and community as well. Since the recent earthquake has further led to making the issue of drinking water more sensitive, it is even more necessary to prioritize this sector of health.

"Training is a part of building yourself stronger and more confident in what you aim to do. It doesn't matter how many times you take the same training, you have to perceive it as a new topic every time so that you can take more into you. This way you clear any doubts that might arise in the future, isn't it?" said Ms. Manisha, ECCA Staff who regularly facilitates refresher training in schools.

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Ms. Manisha, ECCA Staff, guides a student to test free chlorine in Oracle English Medium School

"The status of drinking water in my community is not that good and I have always wanted to do something about it. Now, I feel capable of producing WATASOL on my own and the convince the people in my community to use it for safer health. Thank you ECCA for always supporting young students like us ", responded one of the participants of Oracle English Medium School after a refresher training program held there in October.

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Students @ using Sanitation Corner

For being able to come this far, we thank all our donors and supporters. We hope for your continuous support in upcoming days. Only then, we will overcome the existing challenges regarding drinking water in Nepal.

[For regular updates regarding our programs and activities, please visit our WebsiteFacebookBlogsite,Twitter and YouTube Channel.]

Thank you!

Upama Tamla (Rai)- Media Associate, ECCA

 

Oct 13 2015

Water filter distribution in Kaleswor, Lalitpur

Rabindra & Sadiksha

Kaleswor village in Southern Lalitpur is heavily affected by the earthquakes of April and May 2015 as well as by the subsequent after-shocks. Houses are destroyed and people still live outside in tents and temporary shelters without any proper water purification techniques. Many inhabitants of the area are suffering from problems related to poor water quality. There’s a lack of filtration systems and use of disinfection methods.

ECCA distributed 381 sets of water filter (capacity 10 liters) to the students and villagers of Shree Bagh Bhairab Higher Secondary School-7, Kaleswor on 28th August 2015. These water filters were fitted with special ceramic candle which can remove bacteria 99.995%, turbidity 99% protozoa 99%. This means children and villagers don’t have to fear different water borne disease every day anymore.

Filter distribution done by ECCA brought smiles on children and villagers’ faces. “Many of us had never used water filter before. We were unaware about the problem of unsafe drinking water in our community. Thank you ECCA and team for providing us with water filters”, said Subash, president of Bhag Bhairab Nature Club of Shree Bhag Bhairab School. Subash is now actively involved in the local Nature Club for improving the school environment related with water, sanitation and hygiene. He also requested ECCA to provide chlorine solution production training. “I feel safe with ECCA”, added Subash.

We thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in post earthquake recovery activities. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the earthquake affected people.

Jul 27 2015

POST EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY SUPPORT AT MIRGE, DOLAKHA

Shailena Sthapit

During the assessment and distribution of relief materials in Dolakha (in May 2015), the ECCA team found heavy damages to school buildings, WASH infrastructure and health threat among children and even among adult and elderly people. Most of school students’ education materials were buried under the debris, due to which they were anxious on how to restart their school life. Therefore, there was an urgent need of recovery and rehabilitation program for the school students.

At first, ECCA conducted a three days TOT training program for the youth volunteers on 17th-19th June 2015 at ECCA premises Kathmandu. The youths were trained on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Life Skills along with psychological activities specially designed for the current situation so as to help the students recover from the traumatized situation and continue their studies at school.

Immediately after the training, 20 youth volunteers (divided into 4 groups) were mobilized at 4 project schools of Mirge, Dolakha (Majh Gaun Lower Secondary School, Mirge 1; Kali Dhunga Higher Secondary School, Mirge 7; Kali Devi Secondary School, Payele; and Lali Gurash Bright Future English School, Laligurash Danda). They stayed there for 5 days (22nd -26th June, 2015) and facilitated different fun, skillful, engaging and relieving activities for all the 664 students of the four schools to support them to get back to their normal school lives again. To conduct the WASH and Life Skill Camp in harmony and to gain the maximum benefit from the camp program, class wise division was done into 4 categories- Class 1-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-10.

Shyam, member of ‘Majh Gaun Nature Club’ expressed “It was ECCA counselors who first taught us how to make chlorine solution (WATASOL). They provided us with all the required materials and gave us enough training. Now we can prepare WATASOL on our own and protect ourselves from water borne diseases.” Likewise, mother of Bilash of class 3 from Shree Kali Dhunga Higher Secondary School expressed that she was very happy to see positive impacts on her son. He shared his learning and taught the hand washing method to his family members.

As the devastating earthquake destroyed the water sources, the chances of contracting water borne diseases have increased. To prevent an outbreak, the students were taught hand washing activity and the production and use of WATASOL for water purification.

“I have seen progressive change in the behavior and regular attendance of the students due to the camp activities. Now, the students are more active, energetic and lively in the schools. The technique is very effective as they are learning through fun and interactive activities. Again, I am very grateful to ECCA team and the volunteers for all the support and the help.”- Words shared by Puskar, Teacher of Kali Dhunga Higher Secondary School, Mirge 7.            

Psychological activities were also included in the camp sessions to help the students recover from the trauma they were facing due to the earthquake. Many students were mentally disturbed and not in a state to attend schools continuously. So as to help the students, different activities like- Sharing experience, Dominant and non dominant hand exercise, yesterday today tomorrow, Anger Management, Draw your safe space, Balloon blast and coping skill via ball games were performed. These activities helped the students to minimize their distress.

ECCA supported a day meal in all the project schools for the students and the staff members during the training period. Due to shortage of food materials, students were not attending the schools earlier. Day meal helped the students to come to the school continuously.

Ramji, Kali Devi Lower Secondary School shared “I express my gratitude to ECCA for supporting stationery materials (copy, dot pens, pencils, erasers and sharpeners) for all the students and game materials (carom board, chess board, ludo, skipping, football, volleyball and flying disk), first aid kit, jerry cans, white boards and markers for school. ECCA also supported the construction of water tank in the school as devastating earthquake of 12th May, 2015 severely damaged water tanks of our school.”

We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in post earthquake recovery activities. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the earthquake affected students.

Jul 15 2015

Safe Water Program in Sindhupalchowk

Shailena Sthapit

Sindhupalchowk district has reported the highest number of deaths in earthquake of 25thApril, 2015. Ward No. 7 of Barabise VDC, which lies in the edge of Sindhupalchowk, has about 150 households who directly depend on 5 spring sources for drinking purposes. On examining the quality of water, 4 of the spring sources were found positive with coliform contamination. ECCA conducted a day Training (6th June, 2015) on the use of Chlorinator at Barabise-7, Sindhupalchowk with the aim of promoting safe water and prevent the occurrence of water borne diseases in the community.

Around 77 villagers participated in the program, which included local women group members, staffs of ‘Bishnu Adhyatmik Sanskrit Bal Vidhyalaya’ School, forest user groups and youths. The participants were much anticipated to know about WATA device and how it produces WATASOL (brand name of Chlorine solution). During the session, information was provided on the possible ways of water contamination and the methods of water purification. In that community, only few people were found to use water purification method “boiling”, use of chlorine solution was not known to them. Most of the people preferred to use water direct from the source. The reasons being change in the taste of water and time consuming, according to Ms. Dilikumari Neupane (Women group member).

During the practical session, the ECCA trainers (Ms. Merina Shrestha and Ms. Shailena Sthapit) explained the procedure of making chlorine solution by using Standard WATA device. The participants also took part actively and got chance to learn by themselves.

At the end of the training, the standard WATA device was handed over to the Principal of ‘Bishnu Aadhyatmik Sanskrit Bal vidhyalaya’ School. The filled WATASOL 60ml bottles (300 pcs) were handed over to the women group for distribution to the families. These bottles will be re-used and refilled once the chlorine solution production starts at the local level.

Mr. Baikuntha Nath Dahal, Principal of ‘Bishnu Adhyatmik Sanskrit Bal Vidhyalaya’ School expressed “We are delighted to have the standard WATA Device in this devastating situation to prevent the community from water borne diseases.”

Jun 22 2015

WASH and Life Skill Program in Schools

Palistha Shrestha

Immediately after the earthquake, for a month, ECCA focused its resources in relief works. Thereafter, ECCA started focusing on recovery and rehabilitation works. As ECCA has been working through the school system in the past years, now also, ECCA is focusing its post-quake recovery and rehabilitation works through the school system and reaching the adjoining communities.

After the earthquake, as per the government of Nepal announcement, schools re-opened from 31st May. Since then, in the period of 3 weeks (till 20th June), ECCA conducted WASH and Life Skill Camps (3-days each) in 17 schools located in Lalitpur, South Lalitpur and Kavre. All of these camps targeted all the students (from class 1 to 10) in the schools, by dividing them into 4 groups (grade 1-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-10). The ECCA team consisted of 4 to 6 trained counselors (depending upon the no. of school students).

Under WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene), students were briefed on the need to use safe drinking water and various water disinfection methods (with specific reference to use of chlorine solution) so as to prevent the occurrence of water borne diseases (Note: there is high risk of occurrence of such epidemics after natural disasters).

Under the Life skill, focus was on helping students overcome the earthquake trauma through different educational games and activities. It is essential to relieve children’s stress and motivate them to come to school (even if they need to study in make shift sheds / large tents / large tarpaulin). (Note: Due to the damage incurred inside the school and their house, due to many earthquake aftershocks, due to human casualties among their relatives and friends, many students are in a state of shock and are mentally disturbed.)

In addition to the camps, education materials (copy, pencil, erasure, dot pen) were distributed to all the students in those schools. Due to the destruction of their houses, students have lost their books, copies, stationeries (in their house debris), including other materials.

Sabita, student of grade 9 in Goth Bhanjyang Higher Secondary School Dalchoki, South Lalitpur says “The depression that I had due to the damage caused by the earthquake, and the fear that I had when coming to school (which is also partly damaged) is now reduced after attending the camp.” Students who were reluctant to work in group activities in the beginning participated actively in later sessions. The number of students attending the school also increased after the start of the camp.

Coordination was done with the school management, when selecting the schools for the camp. The school teachers were also very supportive and participated in the camp activities. The teachers observed that the students were more active and outgoing as the camp progressed. Due to lack of educational materials, the school conducts very limited extracurricular activities. Thus, the activities taught in the camp were very advantages to the students.

We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in our initiation of relief and recovery activities after earthquake. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the earthquake affected students.

Jun 01 2015

A Month into Relief & Recovery

Angel Chitrakar and Palistha Shrestha

Still after a month since the major earthquake struck Nepal on 25th April 2015 (and another big one on 12th May), the devastation caused by the earthquake continues to hamper the lives of almost 8 million people in Nepal who were affected.

Fearing the outbreak of water-borne diseases, ECCA initiated the production of WATASOL (Chlorine Solution) from the 2nd day of EQ as an immediate response to tackle the possible problem of safe drinking water and sanitation issues in the communal shelters where people are forced to live. The WATASOL produced were immediately distributed for free to the affected families through mobilizing ECCA Volunteers and other organizations who were directly involved with the relief activities. More than 50 active volunteers worked tirelessly in bottling and packaging the chlorine solution along with its distribution in various locations and communal shelters. As of 28th May, ECCA has distributed over 27,000 bottles of 60ml (one to be used in each household) and over 800 bottles of 1 liter (for community water distribution system) chlorine solution amounting to a total of over 2,400 liters of chlorine that can purify 9,600,000 liters of water. Considering national average household size of 5 person, around 200,000 people have benefitted for a month

Nepal being a developing country consists of many rural areas with mud houses. Almost all of such houses collapsed due to the earthquake, turning entire villages into rubble. The nearing of the monsoon season and frequent landslides has piled up the long list of difficulties faced by the victims. The weather itself has been relentless with harsh winds and thunderous rains. Hence, keeping the need of shelter in mind, ECCA distributed over 1300 units of tents & tarpaulin to families in rural areas, from which more than 6500 people benefited.

Distribution of CGI sheets and Self Help kits made the life of rural people easier in this time of disaster, where people were looking for temporary shelter for their families.

Distribution of over 100 sets of water filters benefitted over 500 people.

ECCA also distributed over 850 Food Packages to people in the devastated areas, from which over 4,500 people benefited.

ECCA relief work was conducted in Bhaktapur, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Kavre, Lalitpur, Nuwakot, Ramechap and Sindhupalchowk Districts. The distribution of relief supplies were only possible through the support of various organizations including Globalgiving Foundations (US & UK) and many individual supporters.

We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in our initiation of relief and recovery activities after EQ. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the EQ affected families.

Immediately after the earthquake (for a month), ECCA focused its resources in relief works. Now, ECCA is focusing on recovery works in the schools and the adjoining communities.

May 26 2015

Earthquake Relief: Filter Distribution

Angel Chitrakar, Priyanka Ghale & Palistha Shresth

There is no disagreement that Water could be a simplest and easiest medium to get infected or transmission of various viral diseases in the current situation of natural disaster. Hence, use of safe water for various purposes in our day to day life needs to be carefully monitored and precautions need to be taken. Scarcity of water at various locations is seen due to disturbance in water distribution system. Hence, distribution of various point-of-use water treatment options like water filter and WATASOL (chlorine solution) has been intensified by ECCA. In coordination with various organizations, water filters are being distributed in various earthquake affected locations.

An orphanage located in Jharuwarashi, Lalitpur, sheltering 62 children were provided 10 sets of filter along with 10 pc of water jar for storing and carrying water. Due to the earthquake, the water storage tank got damaged and water well dried, threatening continuous supply of water for the daily use of children. Through the use of filtered water for drinking purpose, the children are now ensured to have safe water as well as far reach of water borne diseases.

Similarly, 10 sets of filter were distributed to the residents of Nuwakot where families were forced to live in communal shelters due to damage in their houses. In coordination with another organization NCCN, 3 filters were distributed in Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur, where 65 people were sheltered in tent. “The health condition of people in the tents were not good and they have no access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation. Most of the children started to get illness day by day”, Ms. Roni Shakya, one of the volunteers of ECCA and member of NCCN briefed the condition of communal shelter in Bhaktapur. “Distribution of these filters have ensured the availability of safe drinking water to the families living outside in tents”, she further added as she took the responsibility for the distribution of filter in Bhaktapur. Safe water for drinking purpose in these communal areas became a big challenge which was tackled through installing the filter in the community.

In coordination with Himalayan Crossroads, 30 sets of filters were distributed for the EQ affected families in Chokati village of Sindhupalchok District and 40 sets of filters were installed in the community shelter at Kathmandu, where families displaced from Sindhupalchok were rehabilitated.

The water filter that ECCA has been assembling, is prepared by using silver colloidal treated ceramic candle, which ensures the purity of water upto 99.99%.

Thank you for your support. Your generous donations are extremely valued.

Thank you & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar, Priyanka Ghale & Palistha Shrestha

May 08 2015

Providing water treatment solution:urgent response

Prachet Shrestha

Over 8 million people have been directly affected by the earthquake that took place on April 25, 2015 in Nepal. The rapid development of the cities has left the citizens with very few options for open areas. Resulting, people are forced to reside in tents in a congested open space. There is a high probability of using contaminated water and there are no proper sanitation facilities. In the aftermath of an earthquake, water borne diseases are most easily transmitted.

Keeping this in mind, ECCA started production of chlorine solution (branded as WATASOL) from the very next day of earthquake. WATASOL production is being done by using all the available WATA devices, as per the technology developed by Antenna Technologies Switzerland. ECCA is distributing WATASOL in bottles of 60ml and 1 liter. WATASOL is tested for quality before distribution. Many volunteers came forward to support in the bottling and packaging of WATASOL.

Till 5th May, 854 liters of WATSOL have been distributed in the affected area through ECCA volunteers, through members of Rotaract Club of Himalaya Patan, through the relief team of Teach For Nepal and Early Childhood Education Centre and many other civil society organizations and international agencies.

Without fearing the downpour of rain, the energetic youth volunteers actively supplied WATASOL in communal shelters and camps located at various locations of Kathmandu valley (Lubhu, Thaiba, Harishiddi, Badegaun Kalanki, Dhapakhel, Sanagaun, Naykhuchowk, Sankhu, Chyasal, Gwarko, Nagbahal, Ombahal Dhapakhel, Lagan, Gabahal, Pulchowk, Lagankhel, Masini Gaun, etc.). Outside Kathmandu Valley, WATASOL was supplied to the affected communities in Sindhupalchowk, South Lalitpur, Barabise, Chandragiri, Ramechap, Chisapani, Chapagaun, Nagarkot, etc.

WATASOL was supplied for use at the Patan Hospital as well.

In coordination with ICIMOD, ECCA distributed 100 liters of WATASOL in Gorkha, Kavre, Bungmati and Godavari.

In addition to WATASOL, water filters embedded with silver colloidal treated tulip filter candles were assembled in ECCA and 30 such water filters were sent to Chokati VDC, Sindhupalchowk in coordination with Himalayan Crossroads. These water filters can filter murky water to remove impurities.

Thank you for your support. Your generous donations are extremely valued.

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Thank you & Regards,

Prachet Shrestha

Apr 28 2015

Purified Water - A Step Towards Better Health

Angel Chitrakar

Chitwan, the place well known for wildlife, natural beauties and a famous tourist destination. A luxury place, where people plan to spend their holiday with families and friends with all the facilities that they look for. But, people living in the hilly areas of the same district are struggling to get basic facilities and services required for their survival.

Syamrang and Sarling are two village localities located at remote hilly areas of Chitwan district, where Chepangs (a tribal community) are still struggling to receive basic survival support. The community still today do not have access to clean and safe drinking water, due to which the health status of the community people is deteriorating. Mr. Santa the local of Syamrang says, “There is no enough water supplies in our village. We have to walk for an hour to reach the water source and wait for around half to one hour to fetch a bucket of water. We do not know whether the water is pure or not but we are using it for our survival. We cannot afford to have water treatment facility to purify the water”.

Mr. Jhyapu (President of the village committee, Syamrang) expresses “The lack of safe drinking water in the village had caused deterioration of health status of the community people, especially children. A health post is established in the village but health workers and medicine are very rarely found. People have to walk for 2-3 hours to get access to health facilities in city areas.”

Hence, ECCA in coordination with UNICA Foundation distributed Tulip Filter treated with silver colloidal solution to 55 houses of Sarling, 87 houses of Syamrang. 4 filters were also provided each to two schools located in both village. People were given orientation on adverse effects of unsafe drinking water, benefits of tulip filters, and methods to use it. Mr. Ganesh (teachers) thanked “The filters will surely help in betterment of health status of school children and community people. Children will be healthy enough and progress in their studies as well.”

THANK YOU for your continuous support. Do share the information of our program in your circle for change.  Regular updates on our activities are also posted through our Facebook page, Twitter, Blog posts and youtube channel. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments.

Thanks & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

Jan 27 2015

Our Learning's Promoting Safe Water

Angel Chitrakar

Shree Geetamata Nature Club being operated in Geetamata Higher Secondary School, Dallu, Kathmandu is one of the school among various institutions, where ECCA has been working with students to increase awareness on safe drinking water in the community. Various remarkable activities like street drama, rally, door-to-door programs, exhibitions etc had been performed by the students in past through nature club in their school and community. And, promoting safe drinking water is one of the themes among various others as a regular outdoor event of nature club as community service, which they have been performing regularly.

Mr. Bishal (Member of Geetamata Nature Club, grade 9), as an active member and leader of the team for implementing safe drinking water in the community gained several experience on promoting the campaign in the community. Through his past experience, he shares that implementing this program in the community benefited the students along with the community as well as created a bond between community members and the nature club. The program helped students increase their leadership skills, public speaking skills and decreased the shyness in students. Where as it decreased water borne diseases in the community members. The students got an opportunity to implement their learning’s from book to their day to day life where as the community members experience on how the teachers are teaching their students through interacting with them.

Mr. Rajendra (member of Geetamata Nature Club, grade 9) shared that he feels good and happy to share his knowledge about safe drinking water to his community people. His dream is to see his city as a safe drinking water zone city. He said it was really fun and also helpful to increase skills like communication, leadership, teamwork.

THANK YOU for your continuous support. Do share the information of our program in your circle for change.  Regular updates on our activities are also posted through our Facebook, Twitter, Blog posts and youtube channel. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments.

Thanks & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

Oct 28 2014

Donning the Cape of Awareness: For Safe Water

Sachi Mulmi

 

On an afternoon at Kitini Higher Secondary School at Godawari, students of the Kitini Nature Club put on costumes and carried props to their school gate. It was neither Halloween, nor was it any special occasion. Yet, the group marched, followed by their classmates and other students, where they had earlier cleaned and set up some furniture.

An active member of the nature club, Sanju, along with her friends, were those dressed in costumes. Their out of place apparel brought giggles from the onlookers, but they just called on more of the students. Teachers, students and community members were called to see what was about to happen. Some were curious, and others, genuinely interested, while others still were beckoned by the costumes and the settings.

The nature club members were going to put on a show about the importance of safe drinking water. The street drama was going to show how people should adopt measures to ensure the water they were drinking were safe.

A housewife, her husband, his sister, the shaman, the doctor, her friends and a few other characters. When the housewife falls sick due to unsafe water, the husband and her sister-in-law are worried. But it could have been prevented after all. The drama was a gentle reminder to the people to be safe when it came to drinking water.

Although the students spread awareness via door-to-door campaign talking about WATASOL to the community members and encouraging them to be careful, the drama was an even bigger success. The members of Kitini Nature Club got a pat in the back for their attempt to reach out to their peers regarding a deep subject matter. This feat encourages them to keep at this path of awareness and practice.

Encourage these students to keep up their good work. Your donation means the world to us and this project. We will keep on posting about such events to you via our Facebook page, Blog, Twitter and Website. We are very grateful for the help you’ve provided us.

Thank you.

 

Jul 30 2014

Updates: A Refreshing Break from the Heat

Sachi Mulmi

Fourth grader at Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School in Balkumari, Lalitpur, Kamal asks for a break from the class for an escape from the heat of the midday sun and runs with his water bottle to the drinking water tap. He rests his bottle in the side of the sink and below the ‘Drinking Water With WATASOL Treated by ECCA’ sign, he opens the tap, washes his hands a little and proceeds to drink his fill before filling his bottle. Satisfied, he trots to his class, smiling and bidding a short bye to the juniors who were drinking water at the other tap.

A couple of months ago, the school had only one drinking tap facilitating around 150 students from grade 1 to 8. In the smouldering heat, the children had to come and queue up in the sole drinking water tap till the end of their recess time. It was difficult and impractical, some frustrated children would just opt not to stand in a queue or drink water. Principal Mr. Ramesh Shrestha states, “Due to the lack of insufficient taps, the children suffered a lot. They used to quarrel with each other over whose turn it was to drink water. It was distressing to see them arguing like that.”

In the 3rd National Children’s Club Conference conducted in April by ECCA, two students from the school, Bimala and Dhiroj, had participated. It was an important participation for them, as they presented a proposal in the Knowledge Market Place about installing more drinking water taps in the school, which won Rs. 25,000. With the prize money, three taps, whose water was treated with WATASOL was installed just a couple of weeks earlier. Along with that, the school also set up a water tank for the extra taps. Shrestha shares that the excitement of the children drinking water without any quarreling was great to witness.

As Bimala comes to the drinking water tap with her friends for a quick refreshment, she looks happy. After a draught of the cool water, she goes back to her class, leaving an air of accomplishment behind her, evermore confident and sure of their success.

THANK YOU for your continuous support towards bringing smiles in faces of the students where we work. Do share the information of our program in your circle for change.  A regular updates on our activities are also posted through our Facebook page, Twitter and in our Blog posts. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments.

Thanks & Regards,

Sachi Mulmi

Media Coordinator

May 28 2014

Update: Door to door campaign

Angel Chitrakar

ECCA has been organizing various programs so as to make the community aware on the need to use disinfected water for drinking purpose.

One of such community based activities is door-to-door campaign. In this campaign, school based children club members visit every house in their locality to convince the people. The students use flip chart, flyers, chlorine solution bottle, etc. One such activity was organized by Jalpa Nature Club, Jalpa Secondary School, Dhapakhel on 10th May 2014.

Thank you for your continued support. Your generous donations are extremely valued.

Please follow us at   http://eccablogs.wordpress.com/   and  like our facebook page to get updates regarding our activities. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.

 

Thank you & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

Senior Program Officer

Mar 06 2014

Update Safe Drinking Water - Mar14

Angel Chitrakar

With the increasing awareness programs and activities related towards implementations of safe drinking water campaign, clear and common vision among all the key stakeholders will support towards achieving a desired outcome. Hence, in order to develop a common vision and understanding towards need of safe drinking water and its promotion in local communities through students and women’s groups, a one day vision workshop was organized in Bungamati on 21st February 2014. A total of 27 participants from key stakeholder’s representing women members from Bhokha Women’s Group, students and teachers from Tri-Ratna Cooperative School and Zing Boarding School had actively participated in the program.

Mr. Rupendra Maharjan – resource person on appreciative inquiry and visioning supported us to facilitate the workshop. A vigorous discussion on the topic towards “How Bungamati Community could be developed as a Safe Water Zone” was discussed in the program. Group discussions, sharing of experience, understanding and insight regarding what people could and should do for the declaration of safe water zone was done during the event. The workshop supported the participants to generate new ideas, proposals, concerns and questions which will support to achieve to meet the objective for the declaration of safe water zone.

It is my first time participating in these types of training. And this program is very fruitful for me because it taught me a lot about why do we need safe water in our community and how to get it. I will share my learning from this training program with our other members in our group. – Ms. Ashta Maya Tuladhar (President – Bhokha Women’s Group).

Students from our school are very active towards the implementation of Safe Drinking Water program in our school as well as in our community. They organizes lot of activities like placing stall in local community, organizes door to door campaign etc targeting to aware locals towards the need of safe water in day to day life. This workshop supported our students along with us to develop a common vision and the direction in which we should act on to declare our community a Safe Water Zone. Thanks to ECCA for organizing these type of valuable workshop for us. – Ms. Mamita Shakya (Teacher)

We would like to thank you for your continuous support towards implementation of our program and helping us bring change in the life of citizens of Nepal. Please share the information of our program within your families and friends to gather more support. Also do like our Facebook page to get updates regarding our activities and follow us on Twitter to get our tweets. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.

Thanks & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

Senior Program Officer

Dec 04 2013

Update - Safe water-Dec13

Angel Chitrakar

Information dissemination plays a vital role towards awareness on different issues and changing habits which will ultimately impact the day to day lifestyle of people. Hence, as a part of information dissemination to public on Safe Drinking Water Campaign, wall paintings were done in seven different schools located in Kathmandu valley as well as in rural areas. With the day to day visibility of the message through wall paintings, people are continuously aware regarding the requirements of use of safe drinking water in their day to day life, ultimately changing their habit and lifestyle.

  1. Bal Binod Secondary School, Natole, Lalitpur
  2. Bishankhu Narayan Secondary School, Godamchour, Lalitpur
  3. Kitini Higher Secondary School, Taukhel, Lalitpur
  4. Tika Bhairab English Secondary School, Tika Bhairab English School
  5. Kanchan Secondary School, Chapagou, Lalitpur
  6. Jalpa Secondary School, Dhapakhel, Lalitpur
  7. Padhma Prakash Secondary School, Dhapakhel, Lalitpur

Along with information dissemination, availability of infrastructure for a particular purpose also plays an important part towards changing the habit and lifestyle of people. Hence, as an infrastructural support to the students in order to make them accessible towards safe drinking water, water dispensaries including water jar’s were supported in six different schools mentioned as follows:

  1. Tri Ratna Cooperative School, Bungmati, Lalitpur
  2. Tikabhairab English Secondary School, Tikabhairab, Lalitpur
  3. Kitini Hihger Secondary School, Taukhel, Laitpur
  4. Balkumari Secondary School, Prayagpokhari, Lalitpur
  5. Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School, Bholdhoka, Lalitpur
  6. Mahendra Gram Secondary School, Tikathali, Lalitpur

Nature Club members add chlorine solution in jar for providing safe drinking water to the students of their school. “Installation of water dispenser with jar in different location of school had made us very easy access to safe water during the school operation. Previously, it was very hard for us to use chlorine as we required to climb up in he water tank, which is also very risky for us” – Suraj Tamang, Nature Club President of Kitini Higher Secondary School.

THANK YOU for all your support towards bringing change in the life of students and people of Nepal. Please help sharing the information of our activities within your friends and families in order to bring change in the life of rural people.

We seek your support in the daysahead. Please like our Facebook page to get updates regarding our activities and follow us on Twitter to get our tweets. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.

Sep 03 2013

Project Update-Safe Water-Sept13

Angel Chitrakar

In the last week of August, I had a visit in the slum area located at Bansighat of Kathmandu District. Mrs. Sita and Mrs. Meena seemed to be very happy when I went to their house. Their happiness is due to the use of Tulip Water filter which was distributed in the month of Feb and March. “Thank you very much for supporting us through providing the filter. Now a days, we feel very safe towards using our water for drinking purpose. We don’t have to deal with the issues related with water born diseases and now we also do not need to spend much of our energy for treating water” Mr. Yadav, a resident of slum area located in Shantinagar of Kathmandu expressed his views when we mate after 6 month from the distribution of Tulip water filter in the slum area.

Ms. Sarada, a social worker advocating for improving living standards of workers in Brick Kilns expressed “The use of Tulip filter had really helped the people towards accessing safe and clean drinking water. Prior to that, the workers in the Brick Kilns didn’t use any water purification system and as a result, we used to provide medication for various water born diseases. But, now we are focusing in other issues than water born diseases”.

As school requires high volume of water for the use by students, we are also promoting Chlorination as an effective water treatment method. 52 schools of various locations are now using chlorine solution for treating water in their schools. As we are promoting the technology to produce their own chlorine solution in their school through simple electrolysis method, the demand of transferring this technology is increasing. Hence, we are increasing the frequency of training programs and orientation programs for the production and use of chlorine solution in school for students and teachers.

We would like to express our gratitude for your belief in us and supporting financially in our activities and campaign to promote safe water for all in Nepal. Furthermore, I would like to request you to share the information of our project and request your friends and families. GlobalGiving is hosting September Fundraiser event in this whole month. Hence, we seek support through spreading out the message of September fundraiser and help us achieve our target very soon through securing additional funds.

We hope for the same type of support in the days to come ahead. Please like our Facebook page to get updates regarding our activities and follow us on Twitter to get our tweets. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.

Sincerely,

Angel Chitrakar

Senior Program Officer

 

May 28 2013

Update-Safe Water-May13

Angel Chitrakar

We all believe that, quality of drinking water is a matter of serious concern. It is also one of the key factors contributing to high mortality of children and high medication cost to prevent infectious disease in adults. As a result of use of contaminated drinking water, frequent outbreak of water born diseases is heard in news published through various media. The people of slum areas and brick kilns are the most vulnerable and affected group due to the use of unsafe and contaminated water. Inadequate access to safe water and sanitation, poor structural quality of housing and overcrowding makes the condition even worse. As a result, they are forced to heavily rely on turbid, contaminated and unsafe groundwater source – accessed through digging wells and accessing water through tubewell. This practice is creating high risk in the health condition of the people in the slum and brick kilns. The result of a water testing organized in these areas indicated the presence of bacterial contamination of fecal coliform.

Analyzing the condition, ECCA initiated to promote ceramic filter also known as Tulip Filters in these areas. The tulip water filter is designed as a point-of-use filter in households which is impregnated with silver in order to increase the bacterial removal efficiency and to reduce the recontamination risk of stored filtered water. These filters are economic in use with simple techniques and high turbidity removal capacity.

In the month of Feb and March, ECCA distributed Tulip filter in 25 household of Slum areas and 40 Household of Brick Kilns in Kathmandu Valley. Approx 300 people living in these houses are directly benefited through the distribution and use of filters. Through your support, the proper use of these filters by the households, ensures safe health of members in the family and improve the daily living condition of urban poor in Nepal.

We would like to thank you for your continuous support and believing and supporting us in our campaign. Because of YOU, we have been able to bring changes in the life of needy people in Nepal. Furthermore, we would like to request you all to share the information of our project and request your friends and families to donate on 12th June 13 (Wednesday). This particular day is very important for us because, GlobalGiving has announced this day as GG Bonus Day. Hence, of the total donation received in all the projects from 9:00 AM on this day, 40% of additional amount will be matched by GG until it’s US $90,000 budget is completed. Hence, your support through spreading out the message of bonus day will help us achieve our target very soon through securing additional funds.

We hope for the same type of support in the days to come ahead. Please like our Facebook page to get updates regarding our activities and follow us on Twitter to get our tweets. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.

Angel Chitrakar

www.ecca.org.np

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Feb 20 2013

Safe Drinking Water Zone - Feb 2013

Angel Chitrakar

ECCA has been organizing different environmental and educational program in different schools of Nepal since its establishment in 1987. Among them, Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School of Bholdhoka, Lalitpur, Nepal has set an example of a model school in the community. After implementing ECCA’s Safe Drinking Water Campaign, the school has been declared as “Safe Drinking Water” zone. But few years back, it was not like that.

The issue of water and sanitation in school is one of the most important aspects. In Nepal 6.5 million people still do not have access to drinking water and more than 10,500 children die each year due to preventable water and sanitation related diseases. Every year, a large number of school children fall prey to water-borne diseases like diarrhoea and gastroenteritis. Unclean water leads to more deaths each year than war, and causes 80 percent of the world’s diseases. Almost all schools in Nepal receive their drinking water from nearby public water supply system or their own on-site well.

In Lalit kalyan Lower Secondary School there was severe scarcity of water. Hence ECCA supported the school for the construction of well to solve water crisis in the school. But the well water was very turbid and contaminated which was not suitable for drinking purpose. To make well water drinkable, bio sand filtration and chlorination facility was added in the school.

Nowadays a group of nature club students are producing chlorine in the school and are using it to disinfect drinking water. Water Quality Test of the school is done every six months and it was found that all the physical, chemical and biological parameters are within Nepal Standard. 17 staffs and 200 students get benefit from Safe Drinking Water Campaign in this school. Besides that they are also promoting safe drinking water in their community.

Mr. Ramesh Shrestha, principal of the school has stated that there is decrease of absentees in school due to the sickness related to water borne diseases. He also reported on improved knowledge on safe drinking water among students.

ECCA has been successful to some extent in improving hygienic environment of school by providing safe drinking water and creating awareness on use of safe drinking water for better livelihood.

Thank you all for your continued support and valuable contribution. We look forward towards receiving your feedback and suggestion.

Regards

Angel Chitrakar

Sr. Program Officer

angel@ecca.org.np

Nov 25 2012

Thank you for your Support & Happy Thanksgiving

Angel Chitrakar

On the eve of Thanksgiving Day, we - ECCA Family would like to express our sincere gratitude towards all our donors, supporters and well-wishers for your continuous support in our initiation in serving the needy schools and students of Nepal towards finding a solution for safe drinking water.

A smile in the face of students is all that matters the most and consists the strength to change the world. Without your support we would not have been able to bring the changes.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for bringing the change in the life of needy students and in their schools.

We look forward to your continued support in the days ahead and request for your feedback, comments and suggestion regarding our program at ecca@mos.com.np so that we could implement our programs more effectively.

Sincerely,

Angel Chitrakar

Sr. Program Officer

ECCA

Sep 24 2012

Project Update- Safe Water, Sept 12.

Angel Chitrakar

Seasonal greetings and I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude towards all our donors, supporters and well-wishers for your continuous support in our program. Without your support we would not have been able to serve the needy community in our country. During this quarter of year, we have been able to accomplish following activities:

On-The-Spot-Essay Competition:

As a celebration of “Environment day” “On-The-Spot Inter-School Essay Competition” was organized in Shanti Bhagwati Higher Secondary School Letang, East Nepal on June 5th and in Namuna Machindra Higher Secondary School, Lagankhel Kathmandu in June 16th. The competition was open for all the students studying in grade 6 to 10. The students were divided into 2 different categories according to their grade as Category I includes students from Grade 6 & 7 and Category II includes students from Grade 8 – 10.

Altogether 250 students from more than one hundred schools participated in the competition. Water related topics were given on the spot and 2 hours of time was allocated to write on that topic. The best three essays in each category along with the special recognition to one visually impaired student (who wrote the essay in Braille script) were declared on July 15 and prizes were given on July 23, 2012 during the ECCA Silver Jubilee Celebration Program.

Wall Painting:

A wall painting to remind the local people on using WATASOL for using treated drinking water was painted outside the school premises in various schools. This helps school to keep it as a centre point of attraction.

Extension of Program in Dolkha District:

Safe Drinking Water for Healthy Nepal Program was extended to Dolkha district (in August 2012).  Dolkha is a hilly district in central north region of Nepal. Two schools – Shree Maghgau Secondary School and Shree Kali Dhunga Higher Secondary School located in Mirge, Dolakha are now implementing this program. Training program on using chlorinator and awareness raising activities were organized in both of the schools.

Door to door and Poster promotion

20 Students from Harisidhi Nature Club and Kitini Nature Club organized a door to door program and Poster promotion program at their community to make the community aware about various methods of water purification techniques and promotion of WATASOL in their community. They visited houses in their locality and oriented each household owner regarding its need and importance to stay healthy.

With the above notes, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all our donors, supporters, well-wishers and the globalgiving team for your continuous support in our initiation. We would also like to request you to disseminate the information of our program in your circle so as to raise funds and support the needy community. We hope for your feedback, comments and suggestion regarding our program at ecca@mos.com.np so that we could implement our program more effectively.

Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

angel@ecca.org.np

Program Officer

ECCA, Nepal.

 

Jun 26 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

Shari Davis & Ellen Currin

Shari Davis & Ellen Currin are InTheField Travelers with GlobalGiving who are visiting our partners’ projects throughout Nepal. Their “Postcard” from their most recent visit in Nepal:

Climbing a rickety wooden ladder, I stepped over some metal and through a small hole to reach the roof of Shree Harisioohi Higher Secondary School. Two students were already waiting for me atop the water tank, ready to show me their daily routine of adding “WATASol” chlorine solution to the school’s water supply.  The students were part of the school’s nature club: a student-led group active in environmental and population health, present in 113 schools throughout Nepal. Environmental Camps Conservation Awareness (ECCA) started the clubs in 1992, just one example of their successful programming motivating youth towards environmental conservation and community health.  Six of the students from the group sat down with me to go over their current and future programs, which included community dramas about clean water, documentaries in neighboring schools and educating fellow students about healthier snack choices.

Sitting at a table with Angel Chitrakar, it was clear impact ECCA has had on his career. Starting as a volunteer counselor, he has been with the organization for 10 years and is now a senior program officer, helping conduct trainings and develop programs to protect and conserve nature.  Angel spoke about two important aspects which have led to ECCA’s success: its target population of children and youth and its focus toward activities versus activism.  Angel explained that having an impact on children ensures sustainability for the future and that activities have a greater impact than rallies and protests. He clearly believes in the mission of ECCA and has great hopes for its continued impact in the future.

Before leaving ECCA’s project site, we visited the home of a school graduate, who had been very active in the nature club. Thanks to training from ECCA, he was able to learn how to use a “WATA” device, which produces chlorine to purify drinking water. This bright young man showed us the process of mixing the solution, activating the device, and checking the water quality once the newly-made chlorine solution is added. He produces chlorine daily for use in the school’s water tank, and also sells the “WATASol” product door-to-door in the community, all the while educating the community on the importance of safe drinking water. An entrepreneur and public health advocate, this young graduate is a great example of ECCA’s vision for a healthier future for the people and climate of Nepal.

 

Mar 27 2012

Case Study: "Arun" - WATA Dai (Mar 12)

Angel Chitrakar

ECCA has been promoting WATASOL (concentrated sodium hypochlorite solution) as a water disinfection method to ensure the access to safe and treated drinking water in the rural areas as well as in different slum areas in the Kathmandu valley. During the process of promotion and information dissemination, youths were mobilized at local level in different community where water has always been scarce and are very vulnerable to water borne diseases. In due course of mobilization, Mr Arun Kumar Nepal has been hired by ECCA as a social mobilizer for the promotion of WATASOL in different slum areas in Kathmandu Valley.

Arun, also known as WATA Dai (Dai is known as big brother in Nepali language), is involved with 10 slums located in the periphery of Bagmati, Bishnumati and Dhobikhola river corridor of Kathmandu valley for the promotion of WATASOL. Water in slum areas has always been scarce and hence they collect water from any sources available without thinking about its safety. They are highly vulnerable to water borne diseases.

Hence, he does counselling to the people in the slum areas about safe drinking water and different water purification techniques. He conducts Door to Door Campaign in order to make people aware about the use of safe water, regularly monitors the usages of WATASOL and reminds them the effective use of WATASOL. He also does refill WATASOL for regular people in the slum areas.

As free residual chlorine (FRC) test after the use of chlorine and Coliform test of water is also an important part of ensure the safety of water being used in house, he also performs these tests as necessity. He carries few bottles of WATASOL with him everyday and sells them to the slum people as per their requirement. He also ensures that the users have put necessary amount of WATASOL in water or not. Usually his bag with WATASOL bottles weighs about 5 kgs and sometimes he has to carry the bag whole day if users don’t refill their bottle.

The people in the slum areas are convienced with the use of WATASOL and accepted as a medicine to disinfect contaminated water and take Mr. Arun Nepal as a social worker who has been devoting his time to improve their health. Hence, he has been renamed as WATA Dai in all the slum areas. Because of Arun – WATA Dai, people are sensitized towards different water related issues. They became aware that the uses of untreated water can cause many water borne diseases. And, therefore they take precautions before using water from any source.

As a result, above 1000 families of different slum areas are adopting WATASOL as simple and cheapest way to purify water before they use it. All those families support WATA Dai for his work in their areas and now acknowledge him as social mobilizer and social entrepreneur.

With the above notes, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all our donors, supporters, well-wishers and the globalgiving team for your continuous support in our initiation. We would also like to request you to disseminate the information of our program in your circle so as to raise funds and support the needy community. We hope for your feedback, comments and suggestion regarding our program at ecca@mos.com.np so that we could implement our program more effectively.

 

Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

angel@ecca.org.np

Program Officer

ECCA, Nepal.

Dec 22 2011

Project Update - Safe Water, Dec 2011

Angel Chitrakar

Namaste, and Seasonal Greetings to all our donors, well-wishers and supporters from ECCA, Nepal. In the past months from October to December 11, we had been able to accomplish following activities;

  • Expansion of Safe water campaign in more district of Nepal

From December onwards, we are implementing Safe Drinking Water Program in 3 schools of Kavre, in coordination with an German Nepalese Help Association (GNHA).

  • Door to Door Campaign

In most of the slum areas, people are using chlorinated water distributed from community water distribution systems. But there are many households who are not using water from the community water distribution system. Hence, targeting those households, a series of door to door campaign was organized in the month of November in different slum areas so as to aware the households regarding the need and importance of using chlorinated water.

  • Training on the use of Chlorinator

A training program on the use of chlorinator was conducted on 5th December 2011 at Binayak Bal Lower Secondary School, Badal Goan Kavre in coordination with GNHA. Altogether 26 participants from different schools participated in the training program. The program included a brief presentation on the water purification methods. It included various data related to water borne diseases in the context of world and in Nepal, the reasons behind different water borne diseases, the need of water purification and the utility of WATASOL for water purification as well as sanitation etc.

  • Handover of the responsibility of social promotion to the schools

For the sustainability and continuity of the programs at the community level for the long run, efficient and effective transfer of information is essential. Hence, after the proper inspection and guidance of all the necessary criteria for handover, ECCA handed over the responsibility of social promotion and distribution of the WATASOL in the community to the schools. However, ECCA will provide the support services that would be required for the schools in social promotion.

  • 2nd Inter School Drama Competition

With an objective to make aware communities about safe drinking water and sanitation, different water purification methods and to prevent the communities from water borne disease, ECCA organized 2nd Inter School Street Drama Competition on Nov-Dec 2011 in coordination with 10 different schools. A total of 50 street dramas were performed in different 10 communities within Kathmandu valley by the students of 50 schools. The grand finale of the competition is schedule on 20th January 2012 among the winner schools from different 10 communities. And the top three performers at the grand finale program will be awarded with the cash prize.

  • WATASOL stall in Street Drama Competition

Nature Club students of street Drama co-organizer schools had placed WATASOL stall in the community where the drama was performed and distributed WATASOL to the community people.

  • Follow up in the schools and entrepreneurs

Regular monitoring and follow up visits were done in all the schools and communities where Mini WATA and Standard WATA device have been provided. During such visits, quality of WATASOL and drinking water is checked and possible programs for the promotion of WATASOL is discussed with concerned persons.

  • Published articles in Newsletter 

Articles related to the WATASOL and 2nd Inter School Drama competition was published in December issue of Ecokhabar (Quarterly Newsletter of ECCA).

  • Installation of information boards at different sales outlet at Bungamati Lalitpur

To disseminate information about the availability of WATASOL, information boards were installed in different sales outlet situated at Bungamati, Lalitpur.

 

With the above notes, I would like to express my gratitude towards all our donors and supporters for the program as well as the GlobalGiving team for your continuous backup. We anticipate for the same kind of cooperation and support in the days coming ahead as well as seek your suggestion and guidance for the productive outcome regarding the program in future. I also hope for your small response about your feeling so as to encourage us. You could also drop in your response at ecca@mos.com.np.

 

Sep 20 2011

Project Update - Safe Water, Sept 2011

Angel Chitrakar

The following activities were conducted during July – Sept 2011

Orientation Program

To inform people about the technology and to make them aware, several orientation programs were conducted for the teachers, students, community and different community groups. The orientations given are:

  • Geeta Mata Higher Sec. School (July 19, 2011)
  • Little Flowers Public School (August 4 & 9, 2011)
  • Community at Farsidole, Bungamati, Laitpur (Sept 3, 2011)
  • Slum area at Bansighat, Tripureswor (Sept 9, 2011)

Documentary Show

Documentary show has become popular in school and community. The major focus of the documentary show is to promote safe drinking water and chlorine solution, branded as “WATASOL”. From the documentary, students get information about easy methods to purify water at the local level. The Documentary is on water related issues, water borne diseases and how to disinfect. After the success of the program in the school, the nature club students also replicated the program in the community, neighboring schools and local groups. List of documentary shows:

  • Shree Krishna Higher Secondary School (July 1, 2011)
  • Harisiddhi Higher Secondary School (For Students & teachers) (July 2, 2011)
  • Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School (July 7, 2011)
  • Thaiba Youth Club (July 9, 2011)
  • Yashodhara Bauddha Secondary School (July 18, 2011)
  • Bhagyodaya Higher Secondary School (July 26, 2011)
  • Dhapakhel Boarding School (July 27, 2011)
  • BalKumari Higher Secondary School (July 29, 2011)
  • Udaya Kharka Secondary School (Sept 16, 2011)

Door to Door Campaign

To reach out the new community for WATASOL promotion and refilling program in previously implemented areas, Door to Door Campaign has been organized frequently. Door to door campaign was focused in rural place of Lalitpur areas and slum areas of Kathmandu valley. Groups of students along with ECCA volunteers and WATA Resource Materials went to each household in the community and sensitized people about the need of Safe Drinking Water and role of WATASOL for healthy living. Beside the regular refilling program, the door to door Campaigns conducted in different new community were:

  • Hadegoan, lalitpur                                                                July 2, 2011
  • Slum area of Thapathali, Lalitpur                                         Sept 16, 2011

National Essay Competition

Since the past 4 years ECCA is organizing National Essay Competition in different topics. This year also, on the occasion of World Environment Day 2011, ECCA announced Essay Competition for secondary level students on the theme “How can we recharge the ground water and make our drinking water safe" The notice related with call for essay competition was published in a national daily Nepali language newspaper Kantipur (June 5, 2011). The students were encouraged to write an essay on the basis of real situation of their own school environment and put their perspective regarding the theme. The competition was open for all the Nepali students studying in grade 6 to 10. The best three essays were announced on July 12 and prizes given on July 23, 2011.

Winner list:

  1. Samrat Bikram Prasai, Occidental Public School, Anamnagar, Kathmandu
  2. Aashma Khanal, Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School, Bholdhoka, Lalitpur
  3. Riva Khatiwada, Occidental Public School, Anamnagar, Kathmandu

Scholarship Distribution

During the implementation of the WATASOL program in the schools, some of the students from Nature Club were very actively involved and also showed keen interest. So as to encourage them, scholarship materials (a set of note book, bag, copies, pen, pencil and other education materials) were provided. 70 students were provided the scholarship materials. The students were selected on the basis of their involvement in the WATASOL promotional activities and as per the financial need of the student. Selection was done by the nature club themselves in coordination with principal, guide teacher and ECCA social mobilizers.

Scholarship materials were provided to the students of the following schools:

  • Harisiddhi Higher Secondary School                                               July 9, 2011
  • Shree Krishna Higher Secondary School                                       July 15, 2011
  • Saraswoti Higher Secondary School                                             July 15, 2011
  • Balkumari Higher Secondary School                                             July 15, 2011
  • Tri Ratna Cooperative School                                                        July 15, 2011
  • Yashodhara Bauddha Secondary School                                       July 15, 2011
  • Mahendra Gram Secondary School                                               July 15, 2011
  • Bhagyodaya Higher Secondary School                                           July 7, 2011
  • Udaya Kharka Secondary School                                                  Sept 16, 2011

Appreciation Distribution

For supporting the Safe Drinking Water program at the local level, seven individuals were provided Appreciation certificate.

  • Nirmala Shakya, Prabhat Higher Sec. School
  • Rajesh Pandey, Lalit Kalyan Lower Sec. School
  • Ramesh Shrestha, Lalit Kalyan Lower Sec. School
  • Dhurba  Pd. Amatya, Yashodhara Bouddha Sec. School
  • Hem Chandra Raigai , Yashodhara Bouddha Sec. School
  • Krishna Pd Acharya, Udaya Kharka Sec. School
  • Krishna Man Maharjan, Tri-ratna Cooperative School

Promotion through local Health Post

In Southern Lalitpur region, linkage was developed with local health post and local women health volunteers. In the beginning, these volunteers were briefed about safe drinking water and WATASOL. Thereafter, while they were visiting households as part of their regular work, they also promoted WATASOL, supported in the refill and monitored its usage. Women health volunteers conducted 9 orientations (one in each ward) on WATASOL to the local mothers’ group and encouraged them to use WATASOL. For about a month, initially, WATASOL was distributed free of cost (to develop the habit). Later, it was sold.

Interaction among different stakeholders

To review the status of WATASOL distribution and promotion strategy, separate interaction was conducted in Dalchowki and in Chaughare (Southern Lalitpur). Participants were from the school teachers, nature club members, school management committee, women health workers and other health post staffs.

Promotion in Private Schools

Orientations and interactions have been done to create awareness  in private schools, and Community Drinking Water System (CDWS). The staffs of these institutions have always been supportive in this kind of promotional programs. Through these programs, WATASOL distribution has been possible in the scattered community.

WATASOL stall in different occasions

Students of Tri-ratna Cooperative school are distributing WATASOL from the stall kept in the religious place (Karyabinak Temple) every Saturday. Likewise, ECCA as well as schools are also distributing WATASOL frequently through stalls kept at different occasions and report card distribution.

WATASOL stall kept during report card distribution and other occasions:

  • Bal Binod Secondary School, Natole
  • Machindra Bahal, Bungamati
  • Khokana Mohatsav, Khokana
  • Omkuli Mahatsav, Thaina
  • Sal Nadi Mela, Sankhu
  • Eco festival of British School, Jamsikhel           
  • Lachhi, Thecho
  • Lagankhel, Lalitpur
  • Harisiddhi, Lalitpur
  • Flea Market at ECCA
  • ECCA Day                      
  • National Children Day              

Promotion in Adult Literacy Class

To promote WATASOL, the students of Adult Literacy Class were also given orientation about safe drinking water and WATASOL. The students purchased WATASOL and used it.

Chlorinated water distribution through Water Tank

The slum communities have large size public drinking water tank which is managed by their resource person. An entrepreneur visits them and supplies WATASOL. They put WATASOL in the water tank, thereafter treated water is distributed to the slum dwellers.

Promotion at water distributor

In case of Yashodhara Bouddha Secondary School, one of the staff Mr. Dhurba Prasad Amatya promoted WATASOL in Gangajal water distributor – which is a mineral water producing company. After few interaction and follow up they agreed to use WATASOL for disinfecting the equipments. Now the school is selling WATASOL to them.

Sales from individual nature club students

In some schools, some students need to come from far-away places. So the normal promotional activities could not reach such locality. In such case, individual students of that far-away community promote WATASOL in their respective area, for which they get 30% of the WATASOL sales. They are thus helping to promote WATASOL as well as getting certain incentive, which motivates them for further promotion in their area.

Monitoring visits

Regular monitoring is being done in all the localities where Mini WATA and Standard WATA device have been provided. During such visits quality of WATASOL and drinking water is checked and possible programs for the promotion of WATASOL is discussed with concerned persons.

Interschool Competition

Harisiddhi Nature Club of Harisiddhi Higher Secondary School organized an Interschool Competition in different heading such as Essay competition (6th July, 2011), Art Competition (7th July 2011) and Debate Competition ( 8th July, 2011). On the last day of the program (9th July), prizes and certificates were distributed for the winners. The main objective of the program was to create awareness about the Safe Drinking Water and WATASOL among the students from different schools.

Production of A Short Documentary

A short documentary on water borne disease and WATASOL was recently produced by ECCA.

Implementation of Project in 3 more schools of Illam

In coordination with a NGO Namsaling Community Development Center (NCDC), Illam ECCA transferred the technology to 3 more schools at Illam.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all donors for your continuous support in our initiation. We would also like to request you to send us your feedback, comments and suggestion regarding our project at ecca@mos.com.np so that we could implement our programs more effectively.

Regards,

Jun 24 2011

Project Update - Safe Water

Angel Chitrakar

The following activities were conducted during January – March 2011

  • Door to door campaign in different areas of Kathmandu valley:

To uplift the awareness about the importance of Safe drinking water for healthy life and the role of WATASOL for it, a door to door campaign was conducted to the different areas. During the door to door campaign, ECCA had mobilized Nature Club students of different schools. Involvement of Nature Club students in the campaign will develop their skill in such activities and it was felt that they gained confidence to deal with the community.

  • Orientation on safe drinking water:

Orientation on safe drinking water was conducted for women’s group of Lalitpur called Bhelachen Maa Pucha, Bhelachen, Lalitpur on 9th January, different local child clubs on 22nd January and Jagat Sundar Bwonekothi Secondary School, Kathmandu on 4th March 2011.

  • Participation in Safe drinking water seminar in Dhaka, Bangladesh:

To share and to learn, modalities and best practices, a seminar on ‘Safe Drinking Water, was jointly organized by Centre for Mass Education in Science (CMES), Dhaka, Bangladesh and ANTENNA Technologies, Switzerland on January 17-19, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The aim of the seminar is to ensure a common mutual learning on the Pilot programmes for testing different business models for selling chlorine in Nepal, Bangladesh and India.

  • Promotion of WATASOL through women’s group

Previously Safe Drinking water campaign was promoted through Nature Clubs of the schools, Community Drinking Water Supply (CDWS) and individual entrepreneurs. But with the beginning of the year 2011 ECCA has been successful to promote WATASOL through women’s group. One of the women’s group called Bhelachen Maa Pucha, Bhelachen, Lalitpur has already started promoting WATASOL as a solution for safe water treatment in their area.

  • Installation of information boards, flex and pasted posters

To enhance the visual impact, information boards were installed in different places like Letang Market Place, in front of Village Development committee (VDC), Letang, Morang, in Lalit Kalyan Lower Secondary School and Prabhat Higher Secondary School of Lalitpur. Similarly two flex were also distributed in each chlorinator implementing school. And posters were pasted in the project implementing area.

  • Organized different awareness programs:

WATASOL stall: To raise awareness about water purification techniques among parents and community, WATASOL stall was placed in the schools during report card distribution as well as in different places.

Street Drama: During Khokana Mahatsav on 15th -17th January, Nature Club students of Tri-ratna Cooperative School had performed street drama in Machindra Bahal & Khokana on the theme “Importance of WATASOL in water purification”.

Documentary show: On 1st February, the documentary show on contamination of drinking water was held at Machhindra Bahal, Bungmati, Lalitpur. The objective of the program was to aware the community about the water related issues, the rate of water pollution and importance of its purification.

Community Interaction Program: Lalit kalyan Lower Secondary School and ECCA had jointly organized community interaction program on water purification techniques on 22nd February in the school. About 30 participants from the community along with teachers and school students had participated in the program. The participants were interested in WATASOL technology and shared their queries. The interaction made the program more convenient and effective and the experiences shared by the teachers helped to build trust. The interaction program was followed by a drama show presented by the students of the nature club on importance of water purification.

  • Developed promotional tool:

Mick Minard (conservation + communications) from U.S visited ECCA and developed communication tool (a visual narrative) for ECCA.

Similarly, Christophe Menigault from Cause A Effect visited ECCA and developed video and article on how ECCA is promoting chlorinator technology in Nepal.

  • International Day celebration:

World Wetland Day: On the occasion of World Wetland Day 2011, door to door campaign on safe drinking water was conducted on 2nd February to the community of Dhapakhel area. The program was followed by visit to Nagdaha (one of the wetland) and sharing about different environmental issued on wetland.

World Water Day: Similarly, on the occasion of World Water Day 2011, different programs such as Water Walk at different Stone Spouts of Lalitpur, water classroom visit located at Yasodhara Bouddha Sec School and documentary show was conducted on 22nd March. In the program counselors, volunteer and Nature club students had participated. Sharing on different water related issues’ including importance of water purification was also done during the program.

  • Nature Club Interaction:

To share the experiences and problems during different promotional activities of WATASOL in the community, an interaction program was organized between 15 Nature Clubs of different schools, on 1st March. 48 participants from these clubs had participated in the interaction program. Problems along with the possible solutions were discussed during the program

Dec 30 2010

Project Update - Safe Water

Angel Chitrakar

By the end of December 2010, following activities have been achieved.

  • Implementation of project in two more districts of Nepal: ECCA had started safe drinking water program in eight districts of Nepal; Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Morang, Jhapa, Rupandehi, Aachham and Chitwan. Recently, ECCA also implemented safe drinking water program in two more districts; Illam (in partnership with a NGO, Namsaling Community Development Center) and Sunsari (in partnership with Samyak Shikshya Primary School).
  • Orientation and Training Conduction in Schools and Communities: Different orientation and re-orientations were conducted in schools, in slum areas of kathmandu, for different women's groups of East Nepal, and for teachers of different schools. Trainings on the use of chlorinator were conducted in Illam and Sunsari Districts, and different Rotary Club supported Schools of Lalitpur District.
  • Organized Different Awareness Programs: ECCA organized different awareness programs in schools as well as in communities (such as parents gathering in schools to disseminate knowledge about water chlorination, stall placement in communities by the students of different schools on different events and local festivals) to disseminate information on importance of chlorinator in water purification etc. Lalit Kalyan Kendra Lower Secondary School of Lalitpur organized a rally in which students displayed banners with the message of safe drinking water and the rally ended with the street drama in Patan Durbar Square, Lalitpur. Similar programs were also organized by Buddha Secondary School, Kerabari, Morang (East Nepal).
  • Survey on WATASOL User Response: Survey on WATASOL user response was done in East Nepal and also in the slum areas of the Kathmandu valley. During survey, it was found that most of the users didn't like the smell of chlorine solution the first time but after regular use they had no problem with the smell. Some users had discontinued the consumption of chlorinated water because of its smell.
  • Door-To-Door Campaign: For the promotion of safe drinking water campaign in East Nepal, ECCA mobilized two social mobilizers for Door-To-Door campaign.
  • Supporting Materials: For the ease of the promotion of safe drinking water, additional flyers and flex were printed and distributed in the schools as well as in the communities.
Sep 14 2010

Project Update - September 2010

Angel Chitrakar

The following activities had been achieved till the end of September 2010:

Developed Strategy for Mini WATA and standard WATA : To focus the margins and profitability of the delivery systems of WATASOL (chlorine solution), the strategy for Mini WATA and Standard WATA was developed to promote the WATASOL approach into a franchising model. These plans include the production and distribution plan of WATASOL in schools and communities in three sizes flasks: 1000ml, 200ml, 50ml, investment, no. of months for the payback of the investments and sharing of income among the stakeholders.

Implementation of project in different districts of Nepal: ECCA has reached eight districts; Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Morang, Jhapa, Rupandhehi, Accham and Chitwan for the implementation of safe drinking water program and is planning to reach several other districts in future. Till September 15, 2010 ECCA has already implemented safe drinking water program in 29 schools, 3 community drinking water supply system, 1 Hospital in Accham, 13 communities and also implemented 3 Entrepreneur model in different parts of Nepal.

WATASOL (Chlorine Solution) Distribution to Flood Victims ECCA produced Chlorine solution in its office premises for the relief of flood victims during the time of the flood disaster in the month of August, 2008 in Eastern Nepal. ECCA prepared 20-litres of WATASOL, filled it in two 10-litre Jerry Cans distribute it in the areas where flood victims were having the water borne diseases. The supplied WATASOL was sufficient enough to treat 80,000 litres of water. Therefore the device can also be very much helpful in combating the waterborne diseases during the time of disasters. As long as the WATASOL production unit is nearer to disaster areas, the quicker supply of WATASOL can be provided, hence reducing the number of patients and death tolls. Therefore the chlorination device has also acted as a life-saver, being able to go among people facing hazard of waterborne diseases

Orientation and Training conduction in schools and communities: Nearly 250 people from schools, the community drinking water supply system and the community were trained in production and quality control of chlorine and drinking water. Around 3000 people were sensitized on chlorine as a simple alternative technique of water disinfection.

Developed supporting materials for the promotion of WATASOL: For the promotion of WATASOL, ECCA has already developed some supporting materials such as flasks (50ml, 200ml and 1000ml), stickers, posters, flex, flyers, information board, t-shirts, caps, bags and flip charts.

Organized different Events: ECCA has organized different programs in schools as well as in communities to create awareness on water purification through chlorination. In Lalit Kalyan Kendra Lower Secondary School of Lalitpur a one day program on speech competition was organized. In July 2010, an inter-school drama competition was organized for the schools of Eastern Nepal and similar program was also organized for the schools of Kathmandu Valley in Sep 6-8, 2010.

Implementation of Safe Drinking Water program in slum areas of Kathmandu Valley To overcome water and sanitation problem in the slum areas, ECCA has also started program on safe drinking water in the slum of Kathmandu Valley. ECCA is promoting WATASOL in the slum area for water disinfection as well as for sanitation. WATASOL is produced by using WATA device and distributed in 50ml, 200ml and 1000ml bottles. Till September 15, 2010, ECCA has promoted WATASOL in 10 different slums of Nepal.

Coordination with different NGO’s: The Safe Drinking Water program is implementing in different new places with the support of different NGO’s. ECCA and Rotary Club of Patan jointly organized one day training for different schools of Lalitpur on June 2010. The program was also started in Bhandara, Chitwan (around 170km from Kathmandu). A one-day training on the use of Chlorinator was conducted in the month of July, in coordination with Shanti Griha, a not-for-profit organization, established in 2001, working with a multi - pronged approach addressing human beings spiritual, physical, intellectual, as well as development needs.