Adopt the Community
The ADOPT A COMMUNITY PROJECT (ACP) - A non-profit initiative with the long term goal of transforming Nepali villages into ecologically sound self-sustaining communities. By emphasizing environmentally conscious initiatives, the project expects to make lasting improvements to the Nepali ecosystem as well as the health, livelihoods, and future prospects of the people.
In theory, working on a smaller scale significantly improves the program's effectiveness, and its chances of achieving long-term success. ACP's objective is to establish a working model that can be replicated in other communities throughout the country. The rationale in selecting rural villages is two-fold. On one hand, their relative isolation from urban centers leaves an obvious need for modern technologies and charitable assistance. Certainly even just a little help will go a long way towards improving the situations in these impoverished areas. On the other hand, the remoteness offers some benefits as well – namely in that they have yet to be corrupted by the environmentally unsound practices so common to the industrialized world.
Therefore, ACP views these villages as clean slates - ideal foundations on which to implement its dream. By introducing eco-friendly technologies and educational programs, ACP believes it will foster a ‘green mindset’ within these communities capable of resisting the future infiltration of such misguided practices. In cultivating this 'green mindset' on a small scale, ACP foresees a grassroots campaign inevitably taking hold and spreading throughout the country. The project's success will undoubtedly convince others to seriously consider an eco-friendly lifestyle as both practical and within reach. Surrounding communities will certainly take notice of the improvements, and testimonials from villagers will only affirm the benefits. What’s more, these original stakeholders will be highly motivated, fully trained, and readily equipped to assist their neighbors in implementing these upgrades for themselves.
• CEN is assisting Kathmandu Metropolitan City to promote composting and recycling by producing and distributing household compost bins and working with the local communities to manage waste at source.
• CEN have installed 300 improved cook stoves and 100 solar lamps in the Bajhang district of Nepal which have benefitted the lives of poor community reducing indoor smoke pollution by 95%. CEN also conducted lecture series on air pollution and renewable energy in 15 schools of the same district raising awareness to 318 students.
• We have also installed 140 Improved Cooking Stoves and built 15 toilets in Dhading district with an aim of improving indoor air pollution and sanitation in the district.
Bajhang District- One of the most remote, poor and socially deprived part of the country located in the Far-western region with a total population of 167,026. Only 5.11 percent of the households in the district have access to electricity.
Dhading District- Neelkantha VDC in Dhading district, situated at an altitude of 1110 meter consist of 134 households with a total population of 710, of which 51.12% are female and 48.88% are male. The population is mostly composed of Dalits, one of the marginalized communities in the Nepalese society.