I believe that small things add up to better and bigger things, so I will continue in my endeavor to do small things in future as well. I would like to thank CEN for the opportunity it has provided me.
Sujita writes her experience while working with CEN
My name is Sujita Ghalan. I live in ‘Dalchoki’ which is located at Konjyosom Rural Municipality. The rural municipality lies on the southern part of Lalitpur district. I am studying +2 in Shree Goth Bhanjyang Secondary School in Dalchoki. I have had interest in environment since my childhood. Therefore I applied for an opportunity to work as an intern in Clean Energy Nepal (CEN). The internship was for two weeks.
In Clean Energy Nepal (CEN), I received information about climate change, global warming, greenhouse gases, air pollution, Conference of the parties (COP), Improved Cooking Stove (ICS), indoor air pollution etc. I also got an opportunity to participate in the “Friday for Future” with Nepalese Youth For Climate Action (NYCA), network of youth working on awareness regarding climate change. I also organized an awareness program on the topic of climate change in my school as a volunteer for NYCA.
Nepal is vulnerable to climate change. There are impacts of climate change faced by the people, however, people are not informed about the climate change and its impacts. This has motivated me to get involved and try to find a solution to such a grave problem.
As an intern in Clean Energy Nepal (CEN), in first week, I learned about the basics of communication skills and research in community through questionnaire survey. After a week of briefing and preparation, I went back to my village to conduct a questionnaire survey on the impact of indoor pollution. I conducted survey in 30 families whereby I asked different questions related to the topic with women member of the family.
One significant observation from the research is that most of the families use Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinder for the cooking purpose but they also use fuelwood alternatively. Use of fuelwood is on decrease. The research helped me learn the practical aspect of my knowledge on the communication skills and research. I will use this experience to make aware the community members in my village on the impacts of indoor air pollution on health of the people and climate change, Improved Cooking Stove (ICS). I believe that small things add up to better and bigger things, so I will continue in my endeavor to do small things in future as well. I would like to thank CEN for the opportunity it has provided me.