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CREASION in support of WWF Nepal launches Waste Smart Museum in Chitwan National Park

By CREASION
Sep 23, 2021

CREASION Nepal in support of WWF Nepal establishes a waste smart museum in Chitwan National Park check-point. As Chitwan national park is a home to many endangered flora and fauna as well as houses many incoming tourists, the project ‘Empowering Youth Towards a Zero-Waste National Park’ is implemented to create a positive nexus in effective waste management, sustainable eco-tourism with zero-carbon footprint as well as empowerment of the local communities specifically by educating, empowering and inspiring a generation of youth and children for proper waste management. The waste smart museum is one of its kind innovative models which is designed to provide the visitors and the locals a conscious outlook towards conservation and source segregation of waste. The installation of a museum is a step towards bridging the gap of knowledge at a grassroots level. The museum is an assemblage of two manual bottles crushers, display LED screen, LED posters and allotted dustbins where visitors can reduce the volume of the plastic waste with the help of a crusher and effectively dispose different waste to the allotted dustbins. The infographics in the museum aware the community by disseminating messages related to waste management, environmental conservation and sustainability. The museum looks forward to collecting 1000 kgs of waste within the period of 10 months for recycling purposes. The initiative is an effort to inculcate behavioral changes in people by actively engaging local youth and children. The project till date has been able to reach 100 youth and 200 children through five waste-smart eco clubs in schools of Kasara and Sauraha, zero waste trainings as well as clean up campaigns. All these activities align in protecting the biodiversity of the national park from human activities mainly the haphazard disposal of waste. The waste smart museum was inaugurated in an event organized in Sauraha on September 23, 2021 in the presence of Mr. Narayan Ban, Mayor of Ratnanagar Municipality, Mr. Ananath Baral, Chief Warden, Chitwan National Park, Mr. Bala Ram Dahal, Ward Chairperson, Ward No. 6, Ratnanagar Municipality, Mr. Aanand Mishra, Founder and President of CREASION and representatives from WWF Nepal. Goodwill ambassador of CREASION and acclaimed actor, Dayahang Rai was also present for inauguration event.

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CREASION and WWF Nepal hold interactive session with VFCs and Waste Smart Eco Clubs

By Abish Man Shakya
Sep 22, 2021

The CREASION team comprising of Founder and President Aanand Mishra and Goodwill Ambasador Dayahang Rai, and WWF representatives Shristi KC and Roshna Subedi Mishra held interactive sessions with VFC Kasara, VFC Sauraha, VFC Bharatpur and Waste Smart Eco Clubs of Laxmi MaVi in Kasara, and Bachhyauli MaVi and MaVi Chitrasari of Sauraha from September 22 to 24 for children and youths of Chitwan. The youths and children explained the activities they have been involved in and expressed their learnings since being involved with the VFC and Waste Smart Eco Club. The CREASION and WWF Nepal team interacted with the children and youths to understand their stance on keeping clean the Chitwan National Park, the local issues of Chitwan and shared their own experiences of being involved as youths in environmental activities. Teachers of the respective schools expressed their gratitude in providing the opportunities for children and youths to be involved in conservation and sustainability initiatives. Overall, it was a fruitful meetup held in a span of three days at Laxmi Mavi in Kasara, Chitwan Gaida Lodge in Sauraha and CREASION’s Regional Office in Bharatpur in Chitwan.

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Household Waste Management Workshop conducted for Waste Smart Eco Clubs

By Abish Man Shakya
Sep 15, 2021

On September 15, 2021, CREASION with support of WWF Nepal conducted a ‘Household Waste Management Workshop’ for 19 students as a part of its bigger initiative Empowering Youths Towards Zero Waste National Park at Chitwan in CREASION’s regional headquarter in Bharatpur, Chitwan. The event was attended by children from Grade 7 to 10 from 6 different schools: Shree Bachhyauli Ma.Vi. and Ma.Vi, Chitrasari, Sauraha and Shree Mohan Ma.Vi, Saradpur Ma.Vi., Chameli Devi Piya and Ma.Vi. Baraghare, Bharatpur, and joined in by the CREASION team to learn to minimize household waste in everyday life, hosted by Rammaya Shrestha, Community Outreach Officer and Abish Man Shakya, VFC Program Coordinator of CREASION. The session began with an introduction to waste and its many ways of classification from its source, forms, types and other classifications. The participants further learned about composting and types of plastics. In an activity, the participants sorted waste into organic, inorganic and recyclable bins. The workshop then proceeded with the concept of zero waste in their household in different scenarios from grocery shopping, in the kitchen and cooking, doing laundry, cleaning personal care, in the bathroom, buying clothes, while shopping, getting gifts and celebrating, The workshop concluded with a presentation from the participants fragmented into different groups reflecting on how they’ll manage waste in their households that will contribute to keeping the Chitwan National Park clean. Despite the COVID-19 situation and mild rain, the program was fruitful and will contribute to keeping households clean and consequently keeping the National Park clean.

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Empower+ CV and Cover Letter Writing Workshop held for youths

By Abish Man Shakya
Sep 13, 2021

CREASION and Volunteer For Change (VFC) have organized yet another Empower+ session with the CV and Cover Letter Writing Workshop on September 13 for 12 participants from VFC Bharatpur at CREASION’s Regional Office in Shivaghat, Chitwan to learn how to create a CV and Cover Letter. The participants were undergraduate students of Environment Science and Economics and the program was coordinated and organized by Rammaya Shrestha, Community Outreach Officer and Abish Man Shakya, VFC Program Coordinator. The session incepted with the importance of CV and Cover Letter in finding employment. The session was designed for students with no prior relevant exposure of relevant work to find their first job. The participants learned about the components of a CV and Cover Letter and simultaneously built their own CV, learned common mistakes while writing a CV, and wrote a sample cover letter, applying for a position at Recycler Saathi. Sample CV and Cover Letters were provided for reference. The participants recreated a CV and Cover Letter at the end of the session and had a one-on-one session with the organizers providing them feedback on their CV. The session marks the 23rd Empower+ session and has more than 560 youths engaged in the process. We hope that the participants of the session will assist them in applying for jobs as they graduate.

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Zero Waste Workshop held for high school students

By Abish Man Shakya
Sep 02, 2021

On August 29, 2021, CREASION with support of WWF Nepal conducted a ‘Zero Waste Workshop’ as a part of its bigger initiative Empowering Youths Towards Zero Waste National Park at Chitwan in CREASION’s regional headquarter in Bharatpur, Chitwan. The event was attended by youths from Sauraha and Kasara, and joined in by the CREASION team to learn to minimize waste in everyday life, hosted by Abish Man Shakya, VFC Program Coordinator of CREASION. The session began with an introduction to sustainable development, carbon footprint and climate change to fully understand how zero waste is not simply about cutting out being careful about consumption but also the creation and conveyance of products. The interactive workshop covered topics related to types of plastics and the right way to sort plastics into recyclable, non-recyclable and organic. It was then followed by an interactive session where the youth discussed how they could practice a zero waste in different scenarios from grocery shopping, in the kitchen and cooking, doing laundry, cleaning, for personal care, in the bathroom, buying clothes, while shopping, getting gifts, celebrating and in holidays, travelling, at the office, schools, public spaces and in any other scenario. The workshop concluded with a reflection on the participants learning of zero waste and how the local participants who reside by the Chitwan National Park would apply the things they have learned in their lives. Despite the COVID-19 situation and heavy rain, the program was fruitful and will contribute to living with minimum waste so that waste and consequently keeping the National Park clean.

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Green Empower+: Advocacy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Activism encourage careers in agriculture

By Abish Man Shakya
Sep 01, 2021

There was a time when people were scared that there wouldn’t be enough food to feed the hungry mouths in the world. It took an estimate 100 years for the world population to double from 1 billion in around 1800 to 2 billion in 1900. Despite the two world wars, it is estimated that that world population is 8 billion in 2021. This fear was reverted by the Green Revolution that saw an industrial revolution with fertilizers, pesticides and other technological farming methods that made large scale farming possible. These chemicals usage came at a great cost as they had adverse effects on the environment. Feeding the world now is an even bigger challenge as climate change has caused unpredictable weather patterns causing everything from floods to droughts. The challenge now is not just to feed the world but to provide nutritious food that takes into consideration the health of both humans and the planet. These were some of the issues highlighted at the 2021 ECOSOC Youth Forum (EYF) as the young participants stressed on working towards more equitable food systems. Ergo, the theme for International Youth Day 2021 is Transforming Food Systems: Youth Innovation for Human and Planetary Health. Considering the theme, CREASION and VFC organized Green Empower+: Advocacy, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Activism for food systems. Though Empower+ traditionally empowered young people by providing them with the necessary skills, this session focused more on enticing young people to take up agriculture so that youths can come up with innovative ways of transforming the existing food systems. For this, we had some exemplary youths in various fields of agriculture to let us know about their initiatives and how they are approaching agriculture. Our first speaker Sagarika Bhatta, founder and chairperson at ERST We Care Nepal and Powershift Nepal, explained the food system that consist of different phases from production, processing, transportation, retailing and to consumer, and how food systems have gone from self-sustaining to becoming less sustainable. She further emphasized the role for youth to demand and advocate for change in food systems to influence policies and bring innovative solutions while telling about her rooftop-farming initiative. Zachary Barton practices and teaches permaculture in Nepal with Almost Heaven Farms in Illam and he let us know about his ambitions of living and at the same time going beyond sustainability. With AHF, he supports farming communities to move towards agroecology to restore soil, water and ecological health. He let us know the principles of permaculture that goes hand-in-hand with ecology and not against nature. Haushala Gurung Thapa presented on Food Memory Education, highligthing the importance menory plays in education children. While understanding soil and involving an eduaction process that includes the combination science, growing food and education, she empahsized how memories and upbringing are important part of education. It was delightful to learn about how she upbrings her kids to live sustainabily while learning about farming. With further elaboraton by our speakers regarding agriculture, the program concluded with our final speaker Pramisha Thapaliya exloring the UN Food Systems Summit and the explaining the priorities of youth for better food future.

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Animal Agriculture and Sustainability Debunked!

By Abish Man Shakya
Aug 20, 2021

Animals in agriculture has been integral in the development of civilization. They are used for many purposes from ploughing the fields to using manure as biofertilizers. As the industrial revolution accelerated in 19th century, the animal agriculture industry caught up with the same mechanized process to manufacture livestock. In the 1900s, the impacts of industries on climate change had surfaced and raised concern, especially in the 1970s with the rise in environmentalism. Only in late 1980s did the world began getting anxious the climate issue. But it was only the publication of’ Livestock's Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Option’ in 2006, a United Nations report, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, that the impacts of animal agriculture could on the environment came onto the surface. The climate activists have been vocal about the fact that their diets have one of the biggest impacts on climate change. To explain about the impacts of animal agriculture, we had hosted Dipesh Shrestha of Kathmandu Animal Save and Shristi Shrestha of Jane Goodall Institute, Animal Nepal and People’s Alliance for Nature Nepal (PANN) to an episode of Debunking Myths: Animal Agriculture and Sustainability. It was organized virtually on Zoom on August 9, 2021. Through their presentations, we learned about in details regarding the relationship between animals and the planet. The one of the reasons animal agricultures is unsustainable is because it contributes to 14-18% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions which is more than the entire transportation industry according to the UN FAO. The more alarming detail is that 37% of these emissions are methane that is 20-30 times more potent than carbon dioxide and 65% of these is nitrous oxide that is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The 63 billion farmed animals produce 450 tons of animal waste every year. Furthermore, farmed animals consume 40-50% of all grains produced while these grains could have been sued to feed the hungry as 25,000 people die of hunger every day. Forests are often cleared to make room for land to grow animal feed such as soy and corn such as in the where it contributes to 91% of the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. But asking to move towards a meat and dairy free diet could mean endangering the livelihood of many Nepalis. Predominantly an agricultural country, animal agriculture contributes to 32% of Nepal’s agriculture GDP in Nepal and 11.5% of Nepal’s total GDP. Meanwhile huge investments are being made in Nepal with livestock being one of the highest recipients. These were some of the facts we learned from the speakers but it got even interesting as the speakers answered questions from the audience. Watch the full video to learn more about animal agriculture as our speakers answers questions and debunk myths regarding animal agriculture and sustainability. Check it out and have your say.

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Relief for Melamchi, Sindhupalchowk: CREASION in collaboration with other entities initiate immediate flood response

By CREASION
Jun 17, 2021

CREASION in collaboration with Nepal Share, Be Artsy and other anonymous individual donors has initiated a quick relief response mechanism for flood affected communities. With the arrival of monsoon, the incidents of flood and landslides have also increased in many districts of Nepal. Many families have been displaced and ensuring their safety and security is a big challenge right now. Individual and institutional collaboration between the entities has extended assistance to 200 flood affected families. The first dispatch sent tarpaulins, mosquito nets, biscuits and beaten rice, solar lamps, blankets and water purifiers as immediate relief. The collaboration has extended its support for procurement and dispatch of additional relief and safety materials for the affected communities. CREASION has also initiated #FillTheBucket campaign where a donation of Rs. 3000 can be made to sustain one flood affected family with basic safety and daily requirements.

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Oxygen for Nepal kickstarts in Province 2

By CREASION
Jun 07, 2021

To expand support outside Kathmandu, Oxygen for Nepal has officially started its chapter in Province 2. The operation in Province 2 is handled by Ramji Ram, a final year medical student. To initiate the operation, the team members have been conducting a door-to-door survey in various municipalities. The health status of the family members as well as their awareness level about COVID-19 has been recorded. Contact tracing in over 3100 households have also been completed in Province 2. The team also provides medical consultation to households and individuals suffering from general symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, many communities have also been assisted with food rations. The food rations are expected to help them sustain their livelihood during the pandemic.

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CREASION launches Oxygen for Nepal campaign

By CREASION
May 05, 2021

In response to the ongoing second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, CREASION in support of various other organizations has launched Oxygen for Nepal campaign. The campaign is a collective effort of COVID Alliance for Nepal- a voluntary initiative of various groups, organizations and individuals. Oxygen for Nepal is currently working to collect funds and channelize them towards procurement and distribution of oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, oxygen generators, COVID-19 safety kit and food ration. Through global fundraising in support of Nepal Rising, Merging Nepsocs, Student Coalition for Nepal, Be Artsy, Animal Nepal, Nepal Share, 100’S Group the campaign successfully kickstarted and as of June has already provided over 200 oxygen cylinders, 3 oxygen concentrators, over 200 food rations to waste workers and differently-abled children and over 650+ PPE sets. In one of the largest civil society and private sector collaborations, Oxygen for Nepal has also placed an order for the procurement of 10 Oxygen Plants. The campaign is ongoing and aims to reach out to more provinces with support to fight against the pandemic. For more details: https://creasion.org/projects/oxygen-for-nepal

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Waste Smart Eco Clubs Established in 4 Schools of Chitwan

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Apr 18, 2021

As part of the Empowering Youth Towards Zero Waste National Park project initiated by CREASION in support of WWF Nepal, four Waste Smart Eco Clubs have been launched in Chitwan. The Waste Smart Eco Clubs established in two schools of Sauraha and two schools of Kasara aim to provide an avenue for students to learn about their environment and take an active part in its conservation. On April 13 2021, the first establishment was done in Shree Madhyamik Vidhyalaya, Sauraha. Followed by the encouraging response of teachers and students alike in the first establishment, the second establishment was done in Shree Kadam Aadharbhut Vidhyalaya and Shree Rastriya Aadharbhut Vidhyalaya in Kasara on April 15, 2021. The final establishment was completed on April 16, 2021 in Bachhyauli Madhyamik Vidhyalaya in Sauraha. The attendees were first familiarized with the concept of Waste Smart Eco Club and its aim to help students be active in understanding and conserving the environment and biodiversity. Each club is compromised of 11 members who have their own designated roles and responsibilities. The President heads the club and an Eco-Teacher is designated as the Supervisor to oversee the activities and operation. The President and Supervisor were handed over with badges and officially inducted. The other members were officially made part of the Waste Smart Eco Clubs through an oath-taking ceremony. The club members were also handed over a Waste Smart Kit comprising of a gavel, register, notebooks, gardening kits, thermometer, booklets, sanitisers and wild species cards. The establishment event was attended by other students- Chief Guest, Guest of Honor, Chairperson, Vice Principle and Eco Teacher. The clubs are expected to organize and be part of environment-related activities and advocacy and encourage their peers, community and family to be active parts of conservation.

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CREASION and Coca-Cola assist waste workers with safety amenities and health camp

By CREASION
Apr 11, 2021

CREASION in support of The Coca-Cola Foundation and Bottlers Nepal (Terai) Limited jointly conducted Occupational Safety Training and Health Camp on the occasion of World Health Day 2021. In alignment with the celebration’s theme to ensure a fairer and healthier world, the event was organized for waste workers putting into consideration their vulnerable working conditions. The program included a training session on safety measures during and after work, usage of different safety gear, prevention of occupational accidents at the site, and a session on the use of fire extinguishers and other safety equipment for a safer working condition. Safety gear including protective shoes, caps, jackets, masks, and gloves- were also handed over to the waste workers. In view of the sites’ vulnerability to fire accidents and other hazards, each site was also equipped with fire extinguishers and other safety amenities. The health camp consisted of medical checkups and consultations with the waste workers regarding their health concerns and issues. It was led by Dr Anuj Raj Kandel. One of the other major highlights of the event was the handover of labour contracts for the employees of the baling sites. The contract has been provided to help balers formalize working conditions for the benefit of their employees. The event reached out to 67 waste workers in six different sites of Satungal, Teku, Balkumari, and Jorpati.

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CREASION celebrates Earth Hour 2021

By CREASION
Mar 27, 2021

On the occasion of Earth Hour 2021, CREASION organized a series of activities in Bharatpur, Chitwan with volunteers. The activities were conceptualized in alignment to the vision of Earth Hour to aware more people about the importance of protecting nature. Three interesting activities- Meditation with Nature, Give Back to Nature and a cleanup campaign were the main highlights. Meditation with Nature was facilitated by Ek Raj Silwal and Pratistha Shrestha, Program Manager of CREASION. The session allowed the participants to connect with the five elements of nature and connect well through sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. The session was followed by Give Back to Nature, a plantation activity in the premises of CREASION’S regional office site. A cleanup of the local community was then conducted with VFC volunteers of Kasara. The most encouraging part about this was the integration of the local communities and children. The participants also inspected the waste collected, identified the recyclables and learnt how waste could be used as a valuable resource.

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Hamro Cycle Yatra- #DignityForAll: Honoring the Real #RecyclingHeroes

By CREASION
Mar 22, 2021

On the occasion of Global Recycling Day 2021 on March 18, Recycler Saathi in support of CREASION and The Coca-Cola Foundation and Bottlers Nepal Terai Limited concluded a grand cycle rally in appreciation of sanitation workers. The rally was titled Hamro Cycle Yatra- #DignityForAll and aimed to bring together sanitation workers, government officials and other stakeholders of waste management to celebrate the contributions of sanitation workers and provide them encouragement. The rally was organized in Bharatpur, Chitwan and attended by more than 300 participants which comprised of sanitation workers, volunteers, organisation representatives and government officials. Renu Dahal, Mayor of Bharatpur Metropolitan City formally started the cycle rally from Chaubiskoti. A rally of cyclists proceeded with slogans and banners depicting the importance of sanitation workers for the environment and demanding equal rights and respect. Hamro Cycle Yatra moved through Belchowk and ended in Recycler Saathi unit in Shivaghat, Bharatpur-4, Chitwan. Mr. Aanand Mishra, Founder and President of CREASION, Mr. Bikram KC, representative of The Coca-Cola Foundation and Bottlers Nepal Terai Limited along with other representatives of partner organisations and local wards also graced the occasion and provided support to sanitation workers. Partners for the event included Chitwan Scrap Association, Better Chitwan, Way Group, Ek Sapana Cycle ra Safa Nepalko, Nepal Development Society, CESS, Hamro Drishti Ramro Drishti, Real Madrid Fan Club Chitwan, and Ex Gurkha Services. The event was a grand success, created much needed momentum for the vital role of sanitation workers and encouraged all of us to appreciate the daily sacrifices and contributions of the true #RecyclingHeroes, sanitation workers.

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How #Green Are You? online contest successfully concludes

By Sushmita Karki
Mar 05, 2021

CREASION organized an online photo contest, ‘How #GREEN Are You?’, based on the theme of sustainable living where participants were encouraged to showcase on how are they incorporating sustainable practices in their daily lives. Initiated on 24th February 2021, the contest aimed to motivate people towards a conscious and better living. The contest successfully accumulated a total of 20 entries that covered different areas of sustainability over a period of 4 weeks. CREASION collaborated with Kathmandu Organics, Leklekk: The Green Wave, and Canaveda Institute Nepal to create an eco-friendly gift hamper for the winning entry. A judging panel was created for winner selection that comprised of Founders of respective companies along with CREASION’s Program Manager. CREASION witnessed remarkable entries that touched different spectrums and levels of sustainability like reusing, recycling, upcycling that addresses issues like waste management, single-use plastic, natural resource scarcity, air pollution, deforestation and much more. Under this initiative, Recycler Saathi also organized a webinar with speakers from contest’s judging panel that explored the concept of sustainability through different lenses; individual, household, communal, and organizational. In coordination with the judging panel, Subekchya Bastakoti, was selected as the contest’s winner. The winning entry represented diverse areas of sustainable practices; minimalistic lifestyle, reusing, recycling, restoring green space, and utilizing resources available at hand.

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