Apeiron believes in creating participatory programs that empower communities. We are close with our program participants – we know their names, family histories, past struggles, and hopes for the future. We take the time to learn about communities and individuals so as to best respond to their concerns. We are in no rush to start or finish projects based on externally imposed deadlines.
We design programs, such as income-generating skills trainings, based on the expressed needs of individuals, tempered by our years of experience and knowledge of market realities. For example, before we offer sewing training in CASA Nepal, we ensure that participants understand the economic potential of opening their own sewing business – which may be less financially attractive than they envisioned.
We work holistically, understanding that no problem exists in a vacuum. Nepali women’s struggles with economic and personal stability are connected to gender roles, socio-cultural traditions, power hierarchies, family expectations, and geography. Therefore, we design and implement programs that enhance lives from all angles, from technical to “soft” skills, such as leadership, negotiation, and awareness of one’s own rights.
We value transparency among our staff, partners, donors, and program participants, from budgeting and expenses to assessing our successes and failures. Our office is located in a house, and a sense of family permeates everything we do.
We stay connected to global, national and local issues through our staff, board members, implementing partners, and program participants. Many of our staff members are simultaneously working at Apeiron and enrolled in gender studies programs, which keeps us attentive and responsive to global discussions and innovations.
Lastly, Apeiron values progress. Our logo symbolizes continuous and limitless progress toward secure lives for women in Nepal. We have witnessed gender-based violence (GBV) survivors gain confidence from our training and use their newfound skills to negotiate improved roles in their households. This visible progress inspires us to continue working for equal, meaningful participation of women in Nepali households, communities, and society.