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Help set up a tailor to build an independent future for people and create a safe home for the tigers

By giving a gift donation you could help provide a sewing kit for a tailor in Nepal, creating a sustainable livelihood for a family who no longer has to use the forest's resources. 

With a helping hand, communities can lift themselves out of poverty, and help care for and live peacefully alongside thriving forests, without relying on them for resources. 

How it works:

We will send a decorative postcard telling the recipient all about their donation gift and how their gift is helping wildlife and people.

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UK Aid Match

Background

In the borderlands of national parks in Nepal, poverty pushes people to enter the forests for resources, risking their lives and destroying important wildlife habitat. 

As demand for land increases in Nepal people are living side-by-side with wildlife. Both rely on the forest’s resources to survive. Poverty makes rural life tough — and it gets even tougher when wild animals trample crops and eat livestock. When their livelihoods are threatened, some people are pressured into wildlife crime to support their families. 

 

For People. For Wildlife

This project will build new sustainable livelihoods that will alleviate poverty, creating long-term independence for rural villagers and allowing forests to thrive without human-wildlife conflict or wildlife crime.

Without the pressures of poverty, communities can become ambassadors for their wildlife and be resilient against the illegal wildlife trade, protecting their forests from bushmeat hunting and poaching

Where the money goes

Donations such as these will help wildlife through science, education and conservation. Match funding from the UK government, unlocked by public donations, will help communities in Nepal and Kenya to build sustainable livelihoods, escape poverty and protect their wildlife. 

Until 31 December, all donations will be doubled by the UK government, up to a total of £2 million, so your donation will make double the difference!

Case study: Tailor in Nepal

Gayatri had to leave school early to support her parents. They would forage in the forest for wood and anything they could sell. Living in Chuchekhola in Nepal, she started tailoring when she was breastfeeding her second baby. It was hard but, with ZSL’s support, she was able to grow her business, buying sewing machines and training more people. Now her family doesn’t need to take from the forest and she can pay for her children’s education, hopeful their futures will be as bright as the forest’s that surrounds them.

“When I first came here after marriage, my mother and father-in-law would go to the forest and collect firewood, selling it at the nearby hotels to make a living.  I told them they do not need to do it now I have learned to tailor and can open up a shop for making a living.”

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