CHULI - Access to land, forestry and education - CARE


CHULI – Access to land, forestry and education

The CHULI Programme builds on the foundations laid by Churia Watershed Management Project (CWMP 2001-06) and Churia Area Program (CAP, 2004-06) with a more pronounced focus on the overall human development for the Poor, Vulnerable and Socially Excluded (PVSE) women and men. The lessons and experiences in the CWMP and CAP projects have brought forth issues that require longer term support to help PVSE women and men improve their livelihoods. Thus, the project contributes to address the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice in the program area covering both upstream and downstream regions. 

Target Group:
Poor, Vulnerable and Socially Excluded women, men, girls and boys living in 50 Village Development Committees (VDC) of Churia and down stream Tarai. Secondary Target: Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), District Line Agencies (DLAs), Local Elected Bodies (LEBs) and Political Parties.

CHULI Programme aims to improve the livelihood security of the Poor, Vulnerable and Socially Excluded (PVSE) women, men, girl and boys at household, group, community and district level. 

Expected Outcomes:
– Increased access to assets and services by PVSE women and men
– Improved social status for PVSE women and men through: i) equitable and sustainable access to forest and land
resources; ii) increased awareness of and capacity for exercising their rights and iii) reduced discrimination and   exclusion based on caste, – gender and class
– Increased resilient capacity against natural disasters
– Increased access to formal education by school age girls and boys from PVSE households
– Diversified livelihood options and enhanced skills for PVSE women and men
– Strengthened cooperation and synergies among stakeholders
– Improved local democracy and governance practices

Major Activities:
– Empowerment of PVSE women and men
– Capacity Building
– Community Based Natural Resource Management
– Livelihood Improvement
– Formal Education Support
– Policy Advocacy
– Local Participatory Democracy and Good Governance

In addition to implementing activities around core components, CHULI project integrates a number of cross-cutting issues in the programme. These issues are social inclusion and gender equity, conflict sensitivity, HIV and AIDS, and disaster risk reduction.

Sarlahi, Mahottari and Dhanusha districts in the Churia Mountains and the Terai.

Duration and budget:

July 2007 – June 2013 with a budget of DKK 36,995,002 (Extended: Post project support until June 2014).

Partners/ organisations:
Ratauli Yuva Club (RYC), Mahottari
Rural Development Foundation (RDF), Dhanusha
Village Community Development Center (VCDC), Sarlahi
Bagmati Sewa Samaj Nepal, Sarlahi
Sahayogatmak Samaj, Mahottari

Women Rights Forum (WRF)
National Land Rights Forum (NLRF) and Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC)
Federation of Community Forests Users, Nepal (FECOFUN)

For more information please contact programme coordinator Maria Ploug Petersen.


Morten Fauerby Thomsen

Morten Fauerby Thomsen
Programme Coordinator, Asia
+45 35 200 100