Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal
Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal
Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal
Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal
Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal
Empower Students to Learn Climate Change In Nepal

Humans have an inseparable tie with nature- and science, of course. And while the world is facing all sorts of environmental challenges, there are no restrictive lines that provide 'making-a-difference' licenses only to those studying environment related subjects. Especially in today's generation where each conscious person is getting inclined towards environment protection activities, learning opportunities should and are being offered for all.

On January 27, 2016 ECCA conducted
Training For Youths on GLOBE Climate Learning. The training, which was based on GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) protocol, held a prime objective of enabling young participants to estimate various physical, biological and chemical parameters of a locality so as to upgrade their interest in #scienceasculture.

"I am not from science background but I am very keen  to learn more on this global issue of climate change ", said Palistha, a 20 year old college student while participating in the training

The program started by sharing of theoritical knowledge, then moved on to practical activites. While facilitator Mr. Dipesh Gurung made the sessions livelier by each second, the participants got more familiar with aspects related to water, atmosphere and biodiversity. On site practical activities on PH, transparency, electrical conductivity and temperature measurement of water was carried out on the banks of Bagmati river. Another phase included cloud cover readings and atmospheric temperature measurement (maximum and minimum) with the help of maxima minima thermometer and cloud charts. Along with this, participants got a chance to practically know about landcover investigation and tree canopy including DBH (Diameter at Breast Height).

The participants at the end of the day were enthusiastic to learn even more. "I found this training highly useful even for my academics", said Aruna, an undergraduate student of Environmental Science. "This kind of programs along with amplifying one's knowledge in scientific aspects also helps to get an idea of his locality's environmental facts and the kind of impacts made by various agents."

IMG_5570 copy - CopyPractical on hydrology




IMG_5582 copyPractical on hydrology (turbidity viewing) 
IMG_5511 copyFacilitator Dipesh Gurung elaborates on measurement of maximum/minimum temperature of atmosphere
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Participants mark area for Land Cover Investigation

IMG_5606Study on Canopy Coverage

ECCA Nepal prioritizes youth involvement in the developmental activity. The trainees will pass on their learning to young students of different schools.

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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



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Refresher Training for Students on Safe Water
Refresher Training for Students on Safe Water

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.

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.


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.

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 Website, Facebook, Blogsite, Twitter and YouTube Channel.]

Thank you!

Upama Tamla (Rai)- Media Associate, ECCA

Students @ using Sanitation Corner
Students @ using Sanitation Corner
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Learning to use GPS instrument
Learning to use GPS instrument

When we talk about empowerment, activities related with training and sharing knowledge plays a vital role. As we planned to extend our activities related with the study of climate change through mobilizing students in various schools, the teachers of the school where programs will be implemented must be empowered. Hence, a teachers training on study of climate change was organized from 2nd April to 4th April at Dalchoki VDC of Lalitpur District. 14 teachers from 7 different schools located in various VDC’s of Southern Lalitpur, actively participated in the training program.

During the training various topics related with climate changes were shared and discussed. The participants were also capacitated in order to note the data on various protocols related with climate and local environment. How to identify the type of cloud and its coverage in sky, measuring the Ph Value, conductivity and transparency of water, max & min temperature, pointing GPS coordinate of the location on earth etc were shared during the training program.

“This training is very new to me and as the contents in this training program required hands-on involvement, I really learned a lot through participating in this program. As a science teacher, now I am very confident to teach practical topics related with environment and climate change to my students. Mr. Rajendra Lama, teacher of Shree Bhagbhairab Sec. School, Chaughare VDC, Laitpur District, expressed his confidence after the training program.

All the participating schools were equipped with the tools and materials required to collect the data related with hydrology and atmosphere protocol.

We thank you for your support and believing in us. Updates of our activities are also regularly posted in our Facebook page, Blog, Youtube Channel and on Twitter. We look forward towards your valuable response, suggestions and comments regarding our work.


Angel Chitrakar

Checking Max & Min Temperature of the Day
Checking Max & Min Temperature of the Day
Understanding on checking water transparency
Understanding on checking water transparency
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Refreshing mind with team games
Discussing about future Steps.
Discussing about future Steps.
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A devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25th April in Nepal claimed life of above 7,800 people and directly affected above 8 million people. Due to the destruction of houses in rural as well as in urban areas, people are forced to refuge in an open space. There is urgent need to provide basic needs (treated drinking water, food, medicine, tent, etc.).

New school session had just started, when the big earthquake striked on April 25. Due to this earthquake, many school buildings have been damaged. Before the earthquake, training program related with climate change and various adaptation methods was held for local youths and teachers from the south Lalitpur region.

After the earthquake, ECCA has mobilized youth volunteers in the community to provide immediate relief materials. Coordination is also being done with Nepal government, other civil society organizations, NGOs and international agencies.

A separate project has been created in the Global Giving Support Nepal Earthquake Relief

Initially, your donation will help to meet the survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, your support will be used to support longer-term recovery efforts.

Some of the relief activities carried out by ECCA are:

  • 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. WATASOL has been supplied for use at the hospitals as well.
  • Water filters embedded with silver colloidal treated tulip filter candles have been distributed, which can filter murky water to remove impurities.
  • Self Help kits were distributed that contained helmets, wheel barrows, shovels, ropes and other tools essential to dismantle and manage the damaged houses.
  • Tents were provided to the needed families.
  • Medical camp has been set-up to provide treatment to the injured
  • Food package has been distributed

The relief works are continuing.

Thank you for the support you have been providing. Your generous donations are extremely valued.

We look forward towards getting your continued support, at this time of natural disaster.

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

Thank you & Regards,

Palistha Shrestha

chlorine solution distribution
chlorine solution distribution
Self-help kit
Self-help kit
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Tent distribution
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Location: Lalitpur, Bagmati - Nepal
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Project Leader:
Prachet Kumar Shrestha
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Lalitpur, Bagmati Nepal

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