Deepak Adhikari

Narbada Kumari Chaudhary, Nepal

“Until two years ago, we used animal dung for cooking. We stopped using it after realizing that it was more detrimental to our health than firewood. Animal dung produced a lot of smoke, which hurt our eyes. … There’s a community forest nearby where we have to pay 30 rupees (US 28 cents) for permission to collect firewood. … Whenever the forest authorities allow us to collect firewood, my father, my sister and I go to the forest. My younger brother has never done it. Collecting firewood takes a lot of time; sometimes we spend a whole day on it.”

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