Meet Ma Phyu. She lives in a community forest in Myanmar, and has a nursery in which she grows native trees (pictured above), which will bolster her family’s income and preserve the forest.
In 1999, Ma Phyu and her village were displaced by conflict. Many villagers relocated to a new area and began farming again, not knowing that the land was within protected forests. When Landesa began working with the Forest Department to provide secure land rights to forest communities in Myanmar, Ma Phyu’s village received a certificate protecting their right to farm legally in the forests. Now, Ma Phyu is the secretary of her village’s Forest Management Committee and she is encouraging other women to step into leadership roles.
“Before we always had to worry about whether our farms would be removed or if we would be sued for trespassing. Now, I am confident…& dare to announce to anyone that this is my farm."
Tomorrow, May 8th, is GiveBIG. Schedule your gift today, or donate tomorrow, to help communities in Myanmar protect vulnerable forests.
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