Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) has been a leading organization in the sector of social mobilization and community development. It implements various programmes so as to raise the quality of life through wise-use of available local resources and application of alternate and renewable technologies.
How ECCA works
ECCA has been designed based on the human resource base of Nepali society. It consists of few experts, a larger number of college level youths, an even greater number of school going children, and then the community at large.
- ECCA shall be a Professional Volunteer Organization dedicated towards securing sound ecological future
- ECCA shall support the development of conservation related entrepreneurship.
Safe drinking water campaign
Water distribution systems in Nepal are mostly focused on the urban centers. The water distribution systems beyond these urban centers are managed by the local communities, private sectors, local water user groups, etc. The quality of the water supply is always the matter of questioning for safety due to lack of filtration system, no use of disinfection and no proper maintenance.
The conditions in the hilly and mountainous regions are even worse compared to the plain areas of Nepal with limited sources of water. Even though the source is found, it remains hard to make the pipeline distribution system, often becomes long and tedious task to accomplish. Hence the people have to collect water from the far sources and spend hours for the daily need of water. The tragedy behind water use in Nepal is that, the water collected from this much of hardship is also not safe for drinking purpose due to the pollution in the source or due to bad storage vessels. The fact sheet released by Water Partners International depicts that 88% of the whole diseases are the waterborne diseases. 4,900 children are dying every day due to diarrhea. According to Asian Development Bank (ADB) report sanitation-related diseases account for 72 per cent of total ailments and diarrhea continues to be one of the leading causes of childhood deaths in Nepal. Other common illnesses are dysentery, coughs and skin diseases.
The general objective of the campaign is to provide the communities with safe drinking water and improved sanitation of the surrounding. The specific objectives of the campaign are :
- To promote the safe supply of drinking water in schools to prevent children from water borne diseases.
- To increase the school attendance and students enrollment.
- To aware communities in safe drinking water and sanitation through school child.