ACCORDING TO THE 2011 CENSUS, YOUTH COVER 40.3% OF THE TOTAL POPULATION OF NEPAL. THE YOUTH HAVE POWER, POTENTIAL AND PASSION AND THIS ENERGY NEEDS TO BE HARNESSED IN THE RIGHT WAY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE COMMUNITY.
We believe in Change within, Change Between and Change Among and strive to achieve the same through our interventions as part of the Volunteer for Change project. VFC boasts of a large network of international and national volunteers in Nepal. We provide young people with a variety of internship and volunteer opportunities and want to create a society of passionate youth and professionals from different walks of life.
VFC involves passionate and innovative youth to bring visible and sustainable changes to the community. Through VFC, we welcome young minds who bring their fresh and enthusiastic energy and approaches to CREASION and in return gain practical knowledge and experience in a culturally diverse and naturally rich country like Nepal.
Our door is always open for anybody who wants to work as a volunteer with us. To be a part of VFC, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a short expression of interest on why you would like to volunteer at CREASION or you can fill this form shorturl.at/puAOR.
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More than assigning our volunteers to certain tasks, we believe in providing them with a free space to introduce their own projects and small activities in line with our working areas. Volunteers can plan and pitch us ideas about projects that interest them and we will support them to materialize them into action.
Besides, volunteers are also our valuable assets in every ongoing project and we make sure they have ample learning opportunities to sharpen their skills as well as put their knowledge into action.
All in all, VFC is a holistic platform for volunteers where they choose to engage in ongoing projects or have a free hand in implementing small projects and activities of their interests that benefit the community.
We do not have very strict policies for our volunteers. You can set your own timeline but would be required to complete the plan of action that you present to us.
Our volunteers have teamed up with us to organize impactful programs in the past. Some of the most influential projects under VFC are- Debunking Myths, Empower+, Hamro Cycle Yatra, Asian Tree of the Year, International Volunteering Program, and Youth Entrepreneur Program.
We have given continuity to Empower+ and Asian Tree of the Year for now. Recently, we conceptualized and organized a storytelling event to discuss prejudices and break stereotypes called Khulla Kitab. However, plans to continue other projects are underway and we hope to bring them into operation soon.
Most of our projects run in collaboration and partnership with different stakeholders such as the government, corporations, schools, colleges and local communities. We love to connect with new institutions and build ideas for better activities and their impacts.
A BRIDGE FOR YOUNG STUDENTS TO THEIR CAREER
COLLEGES REACHED OUT
In 2017/18, the unemployment rate among youth was found to be 21.4% which was 10% more than the national average of 11.4%. Despite 5.6 million youth population between 15-24 years, 2 million were not in employment, education or training. The statistics indicate a major lag between the human resource present in Nepal and our inability to engage them in a better way. CREASION identifies the serious lack of exposure to and change of job opportunities among young citizens in general. To address this need, Empower+ was launched.
Empower+ is an effort for the youth that provides them with necessary skills and trainings required to enter the work force and start their professional career. Through Empower+, VFC hosts a series of trainings, workshops and hand-on sessions for students to help them learn skills that complements their college education. We aim to be able to provide youth with the right mentorship and trainings that will be instrumental for them to create a future that they desire.
Empower+ is spread over a total of three days with meticulously planned training programs as per the need of the young students. The standard Empower+ training sessions consist of CV and Cover Letter Writing, Report Writing, Microsoft Office Package, Interview Tips and Techniques and Email Etiquette. The trainings sessions are also accompanied by experience sharing by professionals along with personality development class by experts. The sessions are customised according the to the need, request and proficiency of the students on the selected programs.
Besides the three- day program, we have also introduced a one-day Empower+ session which is basically a 2-3 hours long experience sharing style workshops about topics ranging from leadership to public speaking.
Empower+ provided me an opportunity to build up on my skill- based knowledge. I am confident the things that I learned here along with my academic knowledge will help me in my professional undertakings in the future.
I have realized that students need platforms like Empower+ to build their skills and knowledge. College education will be of no use if we are not equipped with professional capabilities and Empower+ allows us to do just that. I have come out more confident after taking sessions in Empower+ and I hope more students would use this platform.
Thankful to CREASION for initiating and organizing Empower+, an important platform for any college student that enables us to look beyond our academic knowledge and learn skills important for the professional world. I suggest any youth who will soon enter into the job market to take a course of Empower+ so that they have an easy transition at work.
The society tends to form stereotypes, internalize them and inject them in the minds and hearts of people. When the society presents us with an idea or opinion about certain issues, rarely do we question it and tend to go along with the original perspective. This has created a lot of misconceptions on important issues and directly and indirectly also influenced our actions- often invoking a negative impact. Recognizing the prevalence of so many misinterpreted issues, CREASION launched Debunking Myths.
Debunking Myths does not point judgment passed in the history and in the present as right or wrong but simply wants to instigate a certain level of curiosity in the audience as to learn, explore and challenge the existing narrative. It is a series devoted towards bringing light into the myths that have been ingrained in our society and influenced our way of life and perceptions. It carefully chooses themes that have the ability to strike a conversation about misplaced issues and topics and debunk age-old myths that have dictated our lives and choices.
Debunking Myths decides on a theme that has been misinterpreted in the past and invites a panel of experts and keynote speakers who then go on to dissect the themes and enlighten the audience with a clear concept of the issue at discussion. If the themes pique the interest of the audience then we also conduct follow- up events to let our audience have a clear picture of the issue at hand.
An episode dedicated to understanding the value of money not just as a means of fulfilling our needs but its purpose and value beyond that.
With the focus on women and their right to safety and self- expression, this episode focused on talking about social injustices in the society that we otherwise take for granted and do not question.
CULTURE An episode dedicated to explore the impacts and consequences that comparison in different parameters entails in a person’s mental well- being.
The central theme of the episode revolved around uprooting the truths about marijuana established in our societies. The discussions that followed and interest piqued in the audience led to another episode around the same topic.
The episode focused on enforcing a sense of urgency towards the impacts of climate change and created a sense of awareness and accountability towards our surroundings
The importance of balance while advocating for a cause we believe in and drawing a thin line between the approach of a feminist and a feminazi were explored.
An interesting and relevant discussion based on demystifying the concerns and myth related to abortion and the false sense of wrong-doing associated to it.
An effort to acknowledge the contributions of homemakers and to redefine how they are perceived in the society.
AN EFFORT DEDICATED TO THE CONTRIBUTIONS AND SACRIFICES OF WASTE WORKERS
WASTE WORKERS REACHED
The role of waste workers is often undermined in our society considering the nature of their profession. However, without their presence and their contribution, the environment and the society would fail to be in balance. It is important to recognize the contribution of our waste workers and provide them with respect and assistance. The perpetual injustice and lack of attention to their well- being is unfair to them as well as a risk for the environment and society. Hence, Hamro Cycle Yatra was launched as a means to acknowledge and show respect to the contributions of waste workers.
Hamro Cycle Yatra is an initiative to acknowledge the contributions of our sanitation workers who perform an important service in our society. It is a symbolic way to publicly thank our sanitation workers and bring their work in highlight for everybody to appreciate. The event consists of public acknowledgement through rally as well as health check-ups to ensure their well- being.
Hamro Cycle Yatra is organized on the occasion of the World Enviornment Day every year in the month of June. However, in 2021 the event was organized on the occasion of Global Recycling Day. Government representatives, volunteers, professionals from other fields, representatives from waste management organizations gather together to participate in the rally which is joined by waste workers as well. The rally is accompanied by health check-up for the waste workers followed by other fun events.
This yearly event is an opportunity for waste workers like me to feel appreciated for the work that we do and be proud of our contributions.
“Having the opportunity to be part of a movement that acknowledges and respects them has been a humbling experience for me. Thank you CREASION for the opportunity and thank you to our sanitation workers for their contribution for the environment
We feel honored to a part of Hamro Cycle Yatra and assist them by providing medical consultations. It is a very humbling opportunity for our team and we hope to be associated with CREASION in similar projects and events in the future as well.
CONNECTIVE WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY THROUGH THE POWER OF VOLUNTEERISM
Collaboration is the need of the hour and for that we need to push for cross- cultural cooperation and exposure. We cannot afford to be disconnected from the global world especially in this era of globalization. Cross- border volunteerism needs to be promoted as a means to not just allow the individual to receive exposure in an international setting but also allows to establish sound relationship among countries.
International Volunteering Program (IVP) is initiated as an effort to connect Nepal and its communities to the global world through international volunteers. The initiation of IVP has welcomed volunteers from all over the world in an attempt to narrow the gap between the Nepali and international community. The volunteers are responsible to assist the local communities in different development intervention with the skills and knowledge that they have while keeping the ethos and cultural values of the communities alive and respected.
IVP provides opportunities for volunteering, internship and cultural trips to our international counterparts. As volunteers, one can choose to work on different ongoing projects. Generally, international volunteers are included in projects located in remote areas of Nepal so that they can attain a glimpse of the local culture and traditions of Nepal.
Internship opportunities are provided to our volunteers according to their interest. Similarly, we make sure our IVP volunteers are exposed to culture and traditions that exist in Nepal.
As part of the IVP Program, we welcomed volunteers from HUMAN’ISAXVII team for the reconstruction of Shree Kaule Devi Primary School in Kakani. The team of 33 engineers built a total of seven permanent classrooms in 33 days. This collaboration between CREASION and HUMAN’ISAXVII set forward an example of the spirit of volunteerism and the power it holds to do good for the community.
PHOTOGRAPH ENTRIES RECEIVED
TOYN WINNERS DECLARED ATY WINNERS
With increasing modernization and industrialization, humans seem to be getting more and more disconnected from the nature. Our concept of development is generally defined by high- rise buildings and high economic growth and in the midst of it, we have been jeopardizing the natural resources present around us and undermining their importance. Development cannot attain its true essence until and unless we find a balance between the economic and natural environment.
Tree of the Year Nepal was introduced in 2017 as an initiative to make people realize the importance of biodiversity and the natural environment. It is an extension of the Asian Tree of the Year organized by Carbon Consulting Company (CCC), South Asia’s foremost provider in integrated sustainability services. Tree of the Year Nepal is affiliated to the Asian Tree of the Year and is a national contest that focuses on starting a conversation amongst the citizens on the importance of protecting trees and the importance to preserve biodiversity. As Nepal stands in the cross- roads of development, the contest aims to provide a clarity to the citizens on what should be prioritised in the path to achieving sustainable development.
Tree of the Year Nepal is basically a photography contest that welcomes photo entries of trees that have special histories. The photograph entries must be accompanied by a story pertaining to why the tree is of special significance. The judges evaluate the winners on the basis of not just the quality of the photograph but also on the basis of the significance of the tree and the entrant's portrayal of it to instigate the need to conserve biodiversity present around us.
Winner, Tree of the Year Nepal 2019
Winner, Asian Tree of the Year 2019
Winner, Tree of the Year Nepal 2020
TALKING ABOUT PREJUDICES AND BREAKING STEREOTYPES
Society hold stereotypes and prejudices and there is need for change. Those who stand-up to break stereotypes and prejudices face great challenges but there are peoplehave taken the responsibility and persist in taking on the provocation brought upon by society. Youths seek inspiration in such individuals. When challenges might be insurmountable, they seek someone to believe that all of life's challenges can be overcome.
Khulla Kitab is an initiative where individuals--recognized or unknown--come together to tell stories of how they overcame challenges. Through stories, storytellers get to revisit their past to inspire listeners to take a step on their own. It is a chance to express and learn, to take the inspiration to take the next step to overcome challenges.
Storytellers are stationed at a table and listeners come to them to listen to their stories. After the stories are over, the listeners ask questions and the storytellers answer their questions. Through listening and conversations, we address the pertinent issues of societies and embrace the efforts of storytellers.
COMING TOGETHER TO LEARN AND HAVE FUN
Get Togethers Done
Before striving forward to make a change, we need to know each other. To build a team, we need to communicate. Before transforming the world, we need to improve ourselves. This requires the organization of activities that ensure that the youths that are driven can get together to understand each other, learn from each other and have fun at the same time.
A weekly Get-Together ensures that there is a time for volunteers to meet each other and involve in activities where they can learn or simply have fun. We get together with activities to enjoy the company of each other, be it educational or simply having fun, so that people of different interests can come together to learn something new or simply build chemistry with the team.
Every Friday, we meet up to organize events such as CREAJAM (musical/artistic jam) or Let's Talk Books (discuss books) to express ourselves and which also serves as a platform to discuss ways in which we can contribute to the community. Other activities include a mental health session in collaboration with Mondays For Mental Health on Mondays every week.
Taking time off to sing our hearts out, express ourselves and even discover great talent. It is a great way to wind down the week in a relaxing way.
To promote reading culture, we got together with youths to talk about books.
Every Monday, we get together with Mondays For Mental Health to discuss mental health so that we can keep a check on each other.
In only a month, I have met with some incredible personalities who have taught me the pure essence of life; how our daily activities affect the environment, society and the way that I look upon certain things have definitely changed. This is also majorly possible because of our amazing team which has a blend of ample active and creative minds. I’ve been getting a lot of guidance due to which I’ve been aware of many things and their advice shall help me forever. All in all, this is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life and I am super proud of myself.
Being a part of the team, I have learned many things that I had never thought of before. From the first day of meeting at VFC, I have been able to create small improvements in myself which I think will help me and has been helping me in these days. being a part of the team I think I have been able to know myself and about the environment, society a lot more than before. I have learned that our little effort upon any good changes can contribute a lot.
Working with Volunteer for Change (VFC) through CREASION, I'm able to put my words into action. Through VFC I am able to contribute to the community. Team mates are amazing and supportive along with that we have got brilliant superiors who are working with us in every situation to make our plan succeed.
Volunteering in Volunteer for Change (VFC) has opened my eyes to new opportunities, I have always assumed giving back to society wouldn't be as easy as taking. For the longest time, I held on to the belief that working for change required plenty of skills and knowledge. All of this changed when I got a chance to volunteer. This is how I choose to give to the community what it truly deserves.