Women Lead on Conservation in Nepal

Devi KC is 35 years old. She is the secretary of the Gauri Mahila Community Forest User group in Khata Corridor, Bardia district and is also a Female Community Health Volunteer. She has been actively involved in conservation initiatives for the past 12 years. WWF and CARE have provided her with guidance and services that helped her get to this point. Here she prepares lunch at her home in Dhoderi village, Bardia, Nepal.

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Photos by iLCP Fellow James Morgan. All text © Jill Schwarz/WWF, with additional reporting by Sarah Wade. Edited from its original appearance in the WWF Magazine.

Devi KC is 35 years old. She is the secretary of the Gauri Mahila Community Forest User group in Khata Corridor, Bardia district and is also a Female Community Health Volunteer. She has been actively involved in conservation initiatives for the past 12 years. WWF and CARE have provided her with guidance and services that helped her get to this point. Here she prepares lunch at her home in Dhoderi village, Bardia, Nepal.

At high noon, Devi KC is still deep in the daily chores she started at sunrise: brewing tea and cooking a meal of rice, lentils and spinach for her husband and teenage son; pumping and hauling water from the nearby well; harvesting hay from her field; and sweeping dirt from her front porch.

Devi and her husband having lunch at home in Bardia, Nepal.

Despite a long list of other tasks to complete, Devi grabs a small bag and walks with authority down a short, dusty dirt road to the home of a family that needs her help. After meticulously washing her hands, she enters the dimly lit bedroom of a woman cradling a baby.

Devi is there to do a basic examination of the baby, whom she delivered a week earlier. Sitting on the bed, she checks the infant’s temperature, heartbeat and skin. All is well, she tells the tired-looking mother, who smiles with relief. Devi, the mother of two grown —> Read More

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