CARE and Weyerhaeuser Partner on New Initiative for Nepal

Friday, 5 September 2003

CARE and the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation are building on their successful global partnership, delivering fiscal resources and technical know-how aimed to help people in Nepal's forested areas improve their ability to earn a living and better their lives.

The landless poor of Nepal look to the forests around them for sustenance, but illegal logging, poor forest management skills, a deteriorating socio-political environment and a lack of economic resources have made it difficult to glean a living from the land.

Weyerhaeuser and CARE are working to change that through a community forest program. Through a $75,000 grant from Weyerhaeuser, the program focuses on empowering local communities to manage their environment; promote sustainable forest management and land protection; create income generating opportunities by harvesting and marketing non-timber products; and reduce illegal logging through advocacy efforts.

The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation and CARE formed a partnership in 2000 to strengthen forest communities around the world, beginning with the literacy program in Western Nepal. More than 20,000 women learned to read and write in just two years..

To date, the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation has committed more than $200,000 to CARE's work. This vital private support has enabled CARE to leverage institutional funds in excess of $3 million, multiplying the impact and reach of programs designed to help people lift themselves out of poverty.

CARE is an international humanitarian organization that works with local communities in 69 countries to overcome their most threatening problems. Last year CARE worked to improve the lives of 31 million people through programs in the areas of economic development, healthcare, basic and girls education, potable water and sanitation, agriculture and natural resources. Additional information on CARE can be found at

Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY), one of the world's largest integrated forest products companies, was incorporated in 1900. In 2002, sales were $18.5 billion. It has offices or operations in 18 countries, with customers worldwide. Weyerhaeuser is principally engaged in the growing and harvesting of timber; the manufacture, distribution and sale of forest products; and real estate construction, development and related activities. Additional information about Weyerhaeuser's businesses, products and practices is available at

For more information, or to contact CARE, see their website at:

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