Date: 19 November, 2014
Venue: Anamnagar- 32, Union House Road, Kathmandu
It is always a start that needs the great effort.
This was the very first step led by The Generation Green (TGG) members to conserve the heritage which has been under shade via conducting cleanliness program under “One school one heritage” Program. On 22 November 2014, Saturday, starting from Pulchowk to Gwarkho massive cleanliness program were held at heritage sites which included PulchowkStupa, Purnachandimandir, Sundhara, SaugalHiti and TyagalHiti. This program consisted of about 250 participants who included students of Prabhat H.S.S, ShramjitKishor S.S, YashodharaBouddha S.S, BalBinod S.S, and Tri-Padma H.S.S, members of the ToleSudharSamitee, and TGG members along with the ECCA Staff.
Considering present scenario of the deteriorating heritage sites, the main motto of this program was to clean the heritage sites and restore its beauty by the active participation of school children, make the community member realize their role in conservation of their heritages and gain the sustainability in the long run for conservation.
Early in the morning at 6:30 am, Patan Durbar Square was covered with energetic participants for clean up where they collected the equipment such as mask, gloves and brush needed for the clean-up program. We acknowledge the support of Environment Section – Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City for supporting the clean- up program through providing adequate cleanup materials like brooms and dustbins.
All the participating schools were led by one responsible TGG member to their respective pledged heritage site for clean-up program. The groups got additional support on cleanup equipment and help from the members of local ToleSudharSamitee during the cleanliness program in their respective sites. Local contribution added more energy to the participants for clean up as they were assisted by provisions of dustpans, sacks and water for drinking. Many people were impressed by the work which was shown by their curiosity and active participation in this clean-up program. The locals even provided water, tea, snacks which were very wise act as these were not expected from the community. The chattering of the students added more fun in the scorching sun. Despite late start, students did their task efficiently, leaving no more garbage behind. Due to many helpful hands, cleanup program ended very successfully in five different heritage sites. Considering the personal hygiene of participants, they were provided with water and soap for their cleanliness.
By the active participation of five schools, the event became successful but this is just only the beginning. ECCA’s mission will be completed when the people realize their roles and responsibilities towards the preservation of the cultural heritages. Hope this start can bring a positive change in people’s perception about conservation of our heritages and the efforts made by the students and TGG members will be valued in long run.
“A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies- all of the things that quite literally make us who we are” – Steve Berry.