-Parsa District covers 1,353 km2 of Nepal’s Central Region, and its elevation ranges from 122 to 925 meters above sea level. Parsa District comprises 82 Village Development Committees (VDCs) and one sub-metropolitan municipality: its District Headquarters (DHQ) – Birgunj. Parsa borders Nepal’s Bara District on the east, Chitwan District on the west, Makwanpur on the north and India’s state of Bihar on the south. Some 23% of people in the rural parts of Central Tarai1 live below the poverty line (as compared to 27% overall in rural Nepal)2 . Parsa is well-connected to Kathmandu via the Tribhuvan Highway, part of a busy trade route network between China, Nepal and India, via the East-West Mahendra highway. Parsa is well linked to Kalaiya, District Headquarters of Bara District, via blacktop road.