Ms. Sarita Lama is from Siraha, the Eastern plains area of Nepal. She has over ten years working experience in the field of forestry in the various mid-hill districts of Nepal through various national and international non-governmental organizations. Her involvement was mostly in implementing and managing community forestry program mainly focused on benefiting the poor, women and marginalized households. Sarita aims to provide service for social empowerment and to build ecosystem resilience of the disastrous and precarious condition of southern and outer hills of Nepal, known as ‘Chure’. She joined WFI in April for a six month program with the expectation of learning a broader concept of private, public and community involvement in forestry practices and forest management in the US. She hopes to bring this knowledge and good practices from the US for Chure hills management in Nepal.