CREASION aligns its working areas to complement sustainable development
At CREASION, we believe that sustainable development requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses the needs of the environment and the community in a holistic way. We focus on four main thematic areas:
Environmental Sustainability: We work to protect and restore the natural environment, while promoting sustainable resource management practices that support the health and well-being of the community.
Youth Empowerment: We believe that investing in the next generation is key to building a more sustainable future. Our youth-focused programs provide education, training, and support to help young people develop the skills and knowledge they need to become leaders and change-makers in their communities.
Emergency Disaster Response: We recognize that disasters can have a devastating impact on communities, and we are committed to providing timely and effective support in times of crisis. Our emergency response programs focus on providing relief and recovery assistance to those affected by natural disasters and other emergencies.
In each of these areas, we take a multi-disciplinary approach that brings together experts and stakeholders from a range of fields to develop innovative solutions that promote sustainable welfare.
At CREASION, we recognize the critical importance of protecting and preserving the environment for the well-being of current and future generations. Through a combination of traditional interventions and modern approaches, we work tirelessly to promote environmental awareness, engage communities in conservation efforts, and develop innovative solutions to address pressing environmental issues.
Our environmental interventions align with a three-pronged strategy that emphasizes the following principles:
At CREASION, research is at the core of our work. Before undertaking any project or activity on the ground, our team of experts conducts thorough research to gain a deep understanding of the issues at hand. We design our projects based on the findings, which not only ensures the sustainability of the project but also has a deep ripple effect in the community. Our commitment to evidence-based actions has allowed us to develop successful projects, and our ongoing research endeavors continue to inform our work.
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 and has emerged as a promising project through the years.
With over 5989 tons of waste PET bottles recollected and recycled through the project, the impact made on the waste management mechanism and improvement in the state of over 4598 waste workers is incredible. In regards to institutionalizing the recycling sector, we have also extended our efforts to educate and engage school children and youths of 24 local schools 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 governments. We have trained over 100 local government representatives and local organizations about recycling. We have trained more than 4000 youths and children to become community leaders in managing household waste and maintaining a zero-waste lifestyle. One of the most recent undertakings to improve recycling is the “Empowering Youth Towards A Zero Waste National Park” project supported by WWF Nepal. The project is piloted in Chitwan National Park and includes the installation of the Waste Smart Museum and Collection Center that will educate the visitors to manage their waste properly.
At CREASION, we understand the importance of restoring the environment and preserving its natural beauty. In order to mitigate the effects of deforestation, we actively engage our youth volunteers in tree plantation programs. With support from our Recycler Saathi and Empowering Youths Towards a Zero Waste National Park projects, we have successfully planted fruit trees at schools and other locations in Chitwan on various occasions.
Furthermore, we are committed to implementing community-led reforestation initiatives, which will not only help to restore and beautify the surroundings, but also create a sustainable future for generations to come.
At CREASION, we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable communities and securing their lives during disasters. From the devastating 2015 earthquake to the 2017 floods and the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been at the forefront of disaster response and relief efforts.
Our approach to disaster management is guided by the 3Rs: Research, Rapid Response, and Rehabilitation. We conduct research to better understand the specific needs and challenges faced by affected communities, which enables us to design and implement effective disaster response strategies.
In times of crisis, our rapid response teams quickly mobilize to provide immediate assistance, including emergency supplies, shelter, and medical care. We work closely with local authorities and other organizations to coordinate our efforts and ensure that our response is both timely and effective.
Our commitment to disaster management doesn't end with the emergency phase. We also focus on long-term rehabilitation efforts to help affected communities recover and rebuild. Our rehabilitation programs include a range of activities, such as the provision of livelihood support, the construction of resilient infrastructure, and the promotion of disaster risk reduction education.
Overall, our disaster risk reduction initiatives aim to build resilient communities that are better prepared to face future disasters and have the capacity to bounce back stronger and more sustainable than before.
Research is a sound scientific basis to identify disaster hazards so that our response activities are mobilized through communication and dissemination of information. We ensure that risk assessment is followed by evidence-based research, following which we conduct training and workshops to build resilient communities that can adopt measures for effective disaster response.
Rapid response is immediately followed by risk assessment. During the 2015 earthquake, our team of first-responders was on the ground providing relief and building over 1000 temporary shelters. Similarly, during the 2017 flood, we led our interventions for relief through the Alliance for Disaster Relief. We collected in-kind donations from different donors and business enterprises and distributed them among the neediest communities affected by the flood. During the first wave of COVID-19, we provided ration, safety support, awareness sessions, and health consultations to over 3200 waste workers who were working unconditionally despite the risk.
Recently, during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, we worked relentlessly through Oxygen for Nepal to collect funds, procure and dispatch life-saving supplementary oxygen, food rations, essential safety gear, and operate an isolation center. We procured 10 oxygen generating units from France and distributed all to Government Hospital including one at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital to address the needs brought by the pandemic in Nepal.
CREASION's rehabilitation efforts aim to support disaster-affected communities in rebuilding and regaining their resilience. We believe in community-led rehabilitation efforts and actively engage beneficiaries in all phases of the rebuilding process.
One of our major successes was the implementation of a symbiotic rehabilitation model in Burunchuli after the massive 2015 earthquake. The community was actively involved in envisioning, planning, and implementing the rebuilding process, making them key stakeholders and owners of the project.
More recently, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have addressed the oxygen crisis in Nepal through the installation of oxygen-generating units in all provinces of Nepal. This effort has been made in collaboration with our partners and aims to provide lifesaving oxygen to those in need, thereby contributing to the rehabilitation and recovery of communities affected by the pandemic.
Youth are the pillars on whom our organization stands. 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 its very inception, CREASION has steadfastly prioritized education and empowerment for youths, recognizing their immense potential as integral members of society. We firmly believe that young people deserve access to a dynamic and enriching platform that fosters both learning and active engagement. With this vision in mind, we have developed a range of innovative programs, with our flagship initiative being the Volunteer For Change (VFC) program, through which we actively engage with youths and provide them with invaluable opportunities to learn, grow, and unlearn.
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.
At 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 society and the ecosystem. Our initiation has been successful to integrate and involve national and international youth volunteers in career development programs, environmental conservation activities, and crisis response.