Volunteers towards Sustainable Development #Goal12 #YouthPower

12th August 2016

Vivek is pursuing his final year of Masters in sociology from Tribhuvan University and going to attend Raleigh Alumni Conference 2016 which is going to be held in London. Sukant Man Singh is studying Bachelor in Community Development at Kathmandu University and working as a Nepali Sign language interpreter. Raleigh Nepal Alumni, Vivek and Sukant completed their ICS volunteering last cycle and as a part of Action@Home, they conducted a Do It Yourself (DIY) event. This was a workshop at Creative Hands of Deaf Women (CHDW) for the women with hearing disabilities regarding creative use of wasted plastic bottles and newspapers . In the event, they provided both theory and practical sessions where they showed them how to make various household items such as pen holders, photo frames, plastic brooms, cutlery holders, bangles, utility boxes, gift boxes and other things useful in a day to day use. All the participants were given the opportunity to try it for themselves as Sukant guided them along using sign language.

Vivek and Sukant sharing creative skills to utilise waste materials with women with hearing disabilities to develop handicraft skills
Vivek and Sukant sharing creative skills to utilise waste materials with women with hearing disabilities to develop handicraft skills

All the items were made out of used plastic bottles and newspapers. The purpose of the event was to create an awareness regarding proper waste management along with providing the women with with additional skills to make profit out of the waste. As the women in the organization are already selling handicrafts to earn a living, the items they learned to make are added to the list of products they are selling.

Women actively taking part in the event
Women actively taking part in the event

Vivek says “Though our action at home may not have been largely coinciding with the theme of international youth day 2016, it is definitely connected to be contributing towards the SDG 12. Waste management has always been a critical problem around the globe. With the world obsessed with bottled beverages and other daily products, the wasted plastic bottles are produced in huge numbers ultimately affecting the environment. But putting a little bit of thought to what you do with the wasted bottles can not only help conserve the environment but if you are creative enough, can also earn some money.”

Sukant says “Plastic being one of the most versatile materials, can easily be modified into different shapes and forms. A plastic bottle can be cut into cool bangles and bracelets, it can also be used to make beads and other decorative things, as well as various household items. And in places without many sources of earning to depend on, earning whatever amount you can from something as petty as a plastic bottle can be a good support to the livelihood. Also, reusing the wasted materials can contribute in huge budget cuts one need to invest in other products. For instance, the money one would invest in buying a pen holder can be saved by cutting up a plastic bottle and turning it into one. On the plus side, one could have a pen holder of different shape, size and color whenever there is a wasted plastic bottles lying around. And needless to say, a smart disposal of wasted product is a sustainable contribution to the environment on its own.”

In this  event they also wanted to make a plastic bottle air cooler but they were restricted by available resources. Plastic bottles can easily be used in creating a make-shift air cooler which can be a smart solution to energy consumption resulting in sustainable consumption. This will be the next step to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 12 for the pair.

Stay connected for our upcoming blogs for more details about our International Youth Day events from our current 16U November Charlie teams.


Before leaving, scroll down to see pictures of our ICS Team striking Youth Power pose! #YouthPower #YouthDay

Our November Our volunteers Sophie, Enzila and Gerorgia striking Youth PowerPose. Their NC7 team is leading on a Water, Sanitation and Hygeine (WASH) project in the community, contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Our volunteers Sophie, Enzila and Gerorgia striking Youth Power pose. Their November Charlie 7 (NC7) team is leading on a Water, Sanitation and Hygeine (WASH) project in Simaltar, contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Striking Youth Power pose - November Charlie 1 (NC1) from Bear River 'Bhalu Khola'
Perfect group Youth Power pose- November Charlie 1 (NC1) from Bear River ‘Bhalu Khola’
Young people making positive change happen across the world are not alone- November Charlie 2 (NC2) and villagers of Bagdali striking for Youth Power Pose
Young people making positive change happen across the world are not alone- November Charlie 2 (NC2) and villagers of Bagdali together for Youth Power pose
Our Country Director Ram along with last cycle volunteers Ashish and Sashi striking youth power pose. His young energy is motivating factor for the change
Our Country Director Ram along with last cycle ICS volunteers Ashish and Sashi strike with Youth Power pose. His young energy is motivating  young volunteers to drive for the change
Our ICS Deputy Operation Managers Paul and Asha show support with their Youth Power Pose
Our ICS Deputy Operation Managers Paul and Asha show support with their Youth Power pose

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