CREASION aligns its working areas to complement sustainable development
CREASION focuses on environment, youth, children, women and emergency disaster response and constantly innovate our approaches to cater to the most pressing issues of the community. We have a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainability that prioritise difference aspects of the community and the environment.
Our interventions are always interconnected with each other- mostly working in intersection as to cater to the larger picture. Every project initiated under our five main priority areas are always designed through an innovative lens to give space modern solutions that promote sustainable welfare.
Through a mix of both traditional interventions and modern approach, CREASION is always working to promote environmental awareness, engage communities for conservation and cater to pressing environment issues through innovative solutions.
Our interventions in the sector of environment align with the three R working strategy of:
At CREASION, we prioritize actions based on evidence and real-time situations. Our research endeavors in environment and its issues have been ongoing since the inception. Getting on the ground to better understand the problems has led us into initiating action-based projects such as Recycler Saathi- a homegrown solution to recycling waste PET bottles. Our ongoing research is the Waste- Picker's Organization Research which has covered all seven different provinces with the objective of mapping the status of informal waste workers of Nepal.
CREASION is one of the leading organizations actively working towards setting up a recycling culture in Nepal through its milestone project- Recycler Saathi. Recycler Saathi was initiated in 2019 with the support of The Coca-Cola Foundation and has emerged as a promising project through the years.
With over 1500 tons of waste PET bottles recollected and recycled through the project; the impact made on the waste management mechanism and the state of over 4000 waste workers is incredible. In regards to institutionalizing the recycling sector, we have also extended our efforts to educating and engaging school children of 10 local schools and youth about integrating the practices of the 3Rs for sustainability.
Our recycling initiatives and efforts have also broadened our scope of work and led to partnerships with local government. We have trained over 100 local government representatives and local organizations about recycling. One of the most recent undertakings to improve recycling is the Empowering Youth Towards Zero Waste National Park project in support of WWF Nepal. The project is piloted in Chitwan National Park and includes installation of Waste Smart Museum and Collection Center that will encourage visitors to manage their waste properly.
Through small scale community led initiatives of plantations to large scale interventions such as Bhoomisparsha, we have always prioritised restoration of the natural environment. Our reforestation initiatives are always designed to include the community so that sustainability is ensured. Project Bhoomisparsha has been planned in Rupani-6 Municipality, Saptari in collaboration with local community, government and the local community forest user group.
During every disaster, CREASION is at the forefront protecting the most vulnerable communities and securing their lives against all odds. From the 2015 Earthquake to the 2017 Flood and the COVID-19 pandemic, we have provided and will be providing support to the severely affected groups.
CREASION achieves its disaster management target through the interventions adhered with the 3Rs of Research, Rapid Response and Rehabilitation.
Research is a sound scientific basis to identify disaster hazard so that our response activities are mobilized through communication and dissemination of information. Through Trans Himalayan Initiative, we ensure that risk assessment is followed by an evidence-based research to conduct trainings and workshops to build resilient communities that can adopt measures for effective disaster response.
Rapid response is immediately followed by risk assessment. During 2015 Earthquake, our team was on ground providing relief through which 1000 temporary shelters were made, 2017 Flood led our interventions for relief through Alliance for Disaster Relief and during the first-wave of COVID-19, we provided ration, safety support, awareness session and health consultations to over 3200 waste workers who were unconditionally working on the grounds despite risk.
Right now, as the COVID-19 second wave has struck Nepal, we are relentlessly working through Oxygen For Nepal towards fund collection, procurement and dispatch of life-saving supplementary oxygen, food rations, essential safety gears, operation of isolation center as well as import of 10 oxygen generating units along with our partners to address the demands brought about by the pandemic in Nepal.
One of our major interventions is a symbiotic rehabilitation model where the beneficiaries of an entire model village reconstructed after massive 2015 Earthquake were active members of the plan who equally contributed in envisioning, planning and implementing the changes. Besides the 50-houses model in Burunchuli, we also look forward to address the oxygen crisis of Nepal through installation of oxygen generating units in all the provinces of Nepal.
CREASION has set platforms for young children to foster their ideas, help them learn and engage them in important issues.
To encourage and empower children to understand the environment better and act on its welfare has always been our priority. One of our major projects to facilitate this is through the Waste Smart School concept. We identify government schools, create Waste Smart Clubs and provide students an avenue to learn more about environment and act on its conservation and protection. Currently we have 5 Waste Smart Schools in Chitwan along with 5 Waste Smart Eco Clubs in Sauraha and Kasara that focus on waste management issues too. To learn more about them: Waste Smart School and Waste Smart Eco Clubs.
There should be no child devoid of the opportunity for education due to circumstances beyond their control. When the 2015 earthquake hit Nepal, children especially in rural areas were at the risk of getting behind in their education due to damaged infrastructures. Identifying this as a major deterrent for their future, CREASION initiated reconstruction of destroyed school infrastructures in Kakani, Nuwakot. We rebuilt nine schools and helped children continue with their education.
Good health is a necessary requirement to ensure success in other aspects of our lives. Especially for children, setting good hygiene practices is important but rural schools and homes lack the infrastructures to facilitate that. To fill this gap, CREASION in support of Bottlers Nepal Limited installed a hand washing station in schools of Nuwakot, Kakani. Our primary aim was ensuring children instil in themselves good hygiene and eventually have a good health.
Youth are the pillars of CREASION. We believe in the power of youth and how they can be instrumental agents of change if provided the opportunities at the right time.
From the inception of CREASION, we have prioritized volunteering as a means to engage the youth in various activities with programs such as Volunteer for Change (VFC). With VFC wings based in Kathmandu and Chitwan, we want to engage the youth to work on issues that greatly impact the society and the ecosystem. Our initiation has been successful to integrate and involve national and international youth volunteers for career development to crisis management.
We have created an Incubation Hub in our regional office in Chitwan as a means for young people in the region to have a platform for meaningful engagement and collaboration. The hub is envisioned as an open space for the local youth where they can join, share ideas with one another, observe and learn about recycling practices and so on.
We advocate to develop the skills of youth with trainings, workshop and hand on sessions such as Empower+ to help them develop contemporary skills and provide them with the right mentors for their career development. Debunking Myths is another interactive and interesting program that was organized to hold the right kinds of discussions by connecting the youths with experts so they can learn and unlearn, explore and challenge existing narratives of prominent issues such as abortion, women’s rights, and so on.
CREASION has always aligned its projects to include the welfare of women. We support and work for the empowerment, independence and recognition of women in every field.
As an institution that closely works in waste management, we realize how undermined women in waste are. Besides general campaigns and events that include women and their concerns, we have primarily focused on welfare of women in waste through digital advocacy of their work as well as on the ground sessions to cater to their well-being. Our on-the-ground training for women has involved safe menstrual practices session, entrepreneurial training and so on.
To foster the leadership skills in women, CREASION launched an entrepreneurship project in Burunchuli. Establishment of a resort has been planned here which will employ women survivors of burn violence. The project aims to empower these women and provide them an avenue for financial independence.