CREASION along with Coca Cola in Nepal announced a joint initiative named Waste Worker Emergency Relief Project (WWERP) with the aim to provide awareness, safety gears and relief materials for vulnerable waste workers and their families to help protect them from the negative impacts of the virus. The project is part of Coca-Cola in Nepal’s initial pledge of Rs 80 million towards the fight against COVID-19.
The first program of the project commenced on May 15 in a safety awareness and distribution event of relief materials to 150 waste workers which was held at Women for Human Rights in Buddhanilkantha, Kathmandu. So far, four relief programs have been conducted successfully which has directly benefited 460 waste workers. They were provided with safety and awareness programs, food relief packages, dignity kits for female beneficiaries which includes environmental-friendly and reusable sanitary pads along with personal hygiene materials such as soaps, detergents, gloves and essential medicines to ensure their primary needs and protect their livelihood.
Protective jumpsuits and safety gears were provided to 100 frontline waste workers in a relief program on May 25 which was facilitated by Bidya Sundar Shakya, Mayor of Kathmandu.
The WWERP project is a joint collaboration with Women for Human Rights, Doko recycler, Blue Waste to Value, Nepsemyak and Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI) who have provided a list of waste workers in their network so that the project can have a wider reach. This initiation aims to reach 3200 waste workers and their families ensuring their safety and livelihood at the current situation of crisis while over 2500 waste workers will be directly benefitted. The project will be further carried out in different municipalities of Kathmandu, Kirtipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Lahan, Saptari and Siraha.