For 10 years, we've worked with women and girls in communities affected by disaster. this is our story.

 

Who is Mahila? 

In Nepal, Mahila means “Woman.” 

Our work began in Nepal with our now long-time partner Sabita Aryal and Eco-Organic Nepal. Our initial project with Eco-Organic Nepal supported communities vulnerable to landslides by providing the villagers with training in land-stabilizing organic farming techniques. We are proud to report today that communities that received the training have beautiful terraced farms. They grow dozens of organic vegetables, legumes, grains, and fruits that feed the village and are sold in nearby markets for income.

In partnering with Eco Organic Nepal we found our niche. Sabita and her team regularly survey the communities, discovering what is needed most and how best to acquire it locally. This kept our costs concise and our actions direct, maximizing our output as an all-volunteer organization managing projects from the other side of the world.

Ten years later, we've joined partners in Haiti, India, Costa Rica, and the United States to address post-disaster needs of woman and girls. Some projects are short-term sustainable relief, working within communities to address immediate needs to improve health and safety. Others are long-standing projects that are still employing, serving, and empowering women today.


When we work for the common good, we experience each other in new ways
— Margaret Wheatley

 

Our Team

Our team is distributed throughout the United States, working virtually throughout the year in collaboration with our in- country partners. Each of our members have different backgrounds, day jobs, and family commitments. It's our dedication to the work we do at Mahila that creates our strong Mahila ties.

 

LEADERSHIP

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Angela Devlen

President, Co-Founder

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Julie Morrill

Vice President, Co-Founder

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theresa schimmels

Board Member - Medical Advisor

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Mari Partyka

Board Secretary

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Amelia Bartlett

Marketing & Communication

 

partner: haiti Projects - fond-des-blancs, Haiti

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cherie abbanat

Chief Executive Officer

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molly klarmaN

General Manager

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ms joseph

Registered Nurse

 

PARTNER: ECO ORGANIC NEPAL - kATHMANDU, nEPAL

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sabita aryal

Founder

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arun khanna

Marketing & Media

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dina

Village & Field Coordinator

 

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