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Hugging the Trees

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Written by Russell Molina

Illustrated by Liza Flores

Chandi Prasad Bhatt Born in 1934 in India’s northern region of Uttar Pradesh, Chandi Prasad Bhatt was a long-awaited answer to his father’s prayer for a son. While his father was considered a “Brahmin among Brahmins” as a highly respected priest, he was also a subsistence farmer; when he died before Chandi Prasad (CP) was barely a year old, the burden of raising the family was left entirely on the shoulders of CP’s mother. Like many other women living in the hill villages, she had to spend many hours every day gathering wood for fuel, grass for cattle fodder, and water for drinking and washing – repeatedly walking up and down the mountains. Even as a young boy, CP had to drop out of school after Grade 2 because his mother could not earn enough to support his studies. Yet despite all his difficulties, CP eventually passed the government qualifying exams and spent some time as a village schoolmaster.

In 1982 the RMAF board of trustees honored Chandi Prasad Bhatt with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in recognition of “his inspiration and guidance of Chipko Andolan, a unique, predominantly women’s environmental movement, to safeguard wise use of the forest.”

Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Community Service, 1982

Copyright © 2015

ISBN: 978-971-569-912-2

Size: 8 x 10 inches. 16 pages. Full-color

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