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Weathering Change: Sarada
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Weathering Change: Sarada
Infrequent rains have dried out the soil in parts of Nepal's terai, a region of rolling plains on the Indian border where Sarada Chaudhary lives, and an expanding population has meant more trees felled for firewood. Yet Sarada sees great potential in the women in her group to improve their own lives, and also to help preserve the forest.
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Dang, Nepal
SARADA CHAUDHARY
From my experience in the last fifteen years or so the temperature and the rainfall has changed a lot. Now it does rain, but it's not during the normal season. When we think it will rain, it doesn't. The rainfall is random. So it has really affected our farming. About twenty-five percent of us have enough food. The others go to India to do menial work. The situation for women is poor. All of the responsibility is on them. The majority of men here go to the Gulf or India for work. Women have to cook, so they have to collect the wood. If there is no wood, how will we cook? Before we could get wood close by, but now we have to walk one and a half hours to get wood. Because of population growth, the forest has been disappearing. In about fifty years, I think this place will turn to desert. When I went and talked to women about family planning and conservation of the forest they would ask if I could provide them with resources. There is a great need for family planning. Even women from India come here for contraceptives. The girls from here who married men in India would take a year's worth of contraceptives with them. Women should be empowered. They should have knowledge about every field, whether it is education, health, or climate change. The environment is connected to our lives. I can see how we are being affected and I'm worried about the future generation.