A lot of hope for the Nepali people

Eden Reforestation Projects has been working in Nepal since 2015. This country is in three short years the most rapid tree growth in any of their project’s nations. This country has seen the most rapid tree growth of all of their project’s nations in just three short years.

WHY NEPAL?

The reason Eden Projects went to Nepal was to restore previously forested land in the region. Also, new trees provide great benefits in anchoring the soil and protecting the villages from environmental disasters.

THE IMPACT OF TREES

Animals leave deforested places as a result of a fewer amount of food and drinks. For over a decade there were no signs of wildlife. While in the three years Eden Projects has been in Nepal, there have been clear signs that the elephants are back in Nepal

3.270.998 TREES PLANTED
32.709 work days
created

Wildlife has increased. Elephants return in the area
3.270.998 TREES PLANTED
32.709 work days
created

Wildlife has increased. Elephants return in the area

Steve Fitch, Eden founder and CEO and Sehr Ali, International Program Coordinator from Eden Projects, travelled to Nepal to visit the planting sites and nurseries and to strengthen the international leadership team. When she got back in the United States, Sehr wrote about her visit and experience.

Nepal is a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts and mountaineers. Internationally it is known for peaks like Everest. It is lesser known that Nepal once was covered with thick jungle, teeming with wildlife.

There is a lot of hope and ambition for change

Their first view of Nepal

As Steve and Sehr landed in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, the plane cut through a thick layer of smog just floating above the city. How could a country that was once covered with green forestation be living under a cloud of smog?

Steve and Sehr stayed a few days in the capitol for meetings, interviews and trainings. Afterwards, they headed out to visit some of Eden’s reforestation sites. As they bumped along hours of unpaved dirt roads, they saw women and children carrying loads of wood on their heads and backs. Later they came across another group of women and children and this group were all carrying sharp tools for wood cutting. Those people walk several miles in order to collect enough wood for their families’ use for one week. Steve and Sehr talked to these women and if they are given another option they would gladly forgo this weekly wood collecting trip.

Sehr had spoken to more people about this theme. The more people she spoke with, the more she understood the love and respect the Nepali people have for their forests and their environment.

After years of depleting the forests, they were now looking for ways to bring back what they had lost. A lush forest filled with wildlife.

There is a lot of hope and ambition for change. Nepal is a country that leaves you just a little more hopeful than when you arrived.

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