In the present scenario of the world the theme environment and its protection is regarded as one of the most important areas of attention that would play a major role for living a harmonious life in the future. Chetanalaya has been at the forefront of environment conservation in India. Starting with the Green Shoppers campaign, Chetanalaya has built its capacity to be an Environment Conservation & Protection Consultancy Provider and also to disseminate information on technological developments and promotional activities taking place in the area demonstrate the use of eco-friendliness in reducing poverty through improved quality of life and increased livelihood opportunities.
In order to bring in change in the factors that degrade environment, we at Chetanalaya make sure that every practice that we try to propagate is in keeping in mind the norms that are necessary for eco friendliness. We try to capacitate all our staff with regard to environment protection with the belief that if they try to get adaptive to the realities and practices of conservation, it becomes easier further to promote it elsewhere.
Our regular activities of awareness building and involving the communities in hygiene and environmental protection drives/campaigns are one among the many activities that we carry out the operational areas. The major impact of such programmes lies not in organizing them but involving the people of the community to resolve their problems relating to clean environment within the area they live in. Certain activities like building toilets, drainage around the houses, solving water logging problems in the area etc are some of the issues that are generally focused and resolved with the effective participation of the people of the community.
After the successful start of the GREEN SHOPPER campaign with the support of Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs. Shiela Dixit by Chetanalaya during the year 2008 in Delhi/NCR, in November 2012 usage of plastic bags was banned within the region. Hence at this juncture we gave skill training to our women in the slums to make Jute products, clothes and paper recycling that can catch the eye during the transformation period.
The community leaders with the interventions, skill training design and manufacture different products out of the waste paper that they collect from the land disposal areas. Though we at Chetanalaya is doing the maximum we can, yet the challenges ahead are great and the task to be achieved are many, but we won’t stop trying as each time we try in a new way we eliminate a chance of failure and get a step closure to success.
SOME OF THE STRATERGIES THAT WE FOLLOW:-
- BUILDING THE COMMUNITY FOR ECO-FRIENDLY GENERATION-
- BUILDING NETWORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH SCHOOLS IN DELHI-
- RURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT-
- INITIATIVE IN SOLAR ENERGY-
- BUREAU OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY (BEE) CERTIFIED ENERGY CONSERVATION ESCO SCHEME-
- RAG PICKERS SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM –
- INITIATION OF A FORUM OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS-
- BEST NGO surpassing all CSR initiatives for accounting in climate change @ WORLD CSR DAY 2014.
- Collaboration as the official NGO Partner for COIR Board, Ministry of MSME Government of India.
- Displaying of eco friendly products like Jute bags, Jute designer bags, Jute big shoppers etc and paper recycling bags at various outlets in and around the city at prominent locations like Pragati maidan Expo, Dilli Haat, Ambience Mall (Gurgaon), YMCA, Connaught Place, PEPSI Corporate Office, Coca Cola Corporate Office, Wipro Corporate Office, etc and in various schools/colleges during fests etc.
- Plantation activities with the Department of Environment, Govt. Of Delhi.
- Recycling Unit to recycle waste and produce recyclable products and develop sustainable livelihood in 4000 Families of Rag Picking Community.
Civil society organizations in India are in a strong position to engage at grass root levels & in policy processes. The objective is to build on the collective and individual experiences to date to create a more systematic approach to mutual engagement. This will help to avoid the reactive, one-off method of participation that has come to be expected of civil society by the government and donors.
Through this strategy civil society can begin to address issues of capacity, collaboration, and information sharing among masses, while also easing the way for government to seek civil society input into policy processes. (This will create) an enabling environment for CSOs to engage in policy forums.
It is perhaps best to think of the Forum not as a bridge to be built to a predetermined blueprint, but rather as an infant to be nurtured to evolve in a spirit of community, partnership and social justice
ACHIEVEMENTS AS ON 31/03/16