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The Global Mountain Fund Inc

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Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Founded in 2005, the Mountain Fund aims to create healthy, vibrant mountain communities where people have access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity in an environment where human rights are valued and respected. To achieve this goal, we sponsor community-based initiatives that prioritize respect for the local culture and the environment.

Results: Created 3 health clinics and 1 hospital in rural Nepal. Our current flagship project is called Her Farm at www.herfarmnepal.org. Her Farm is located in rural Nepal and provides a safe place for women and their children to live, farm and thrive. They can control their desitinies by controlling the land they live on and collectively own. The Mountain Fund received the prestigious Sir Edmund Hillary Medal in 2010.

Target demographics: women and children

Geographic areas served: Nepal

Programs: Her Farm, a home for abused women. www.herfarmnepal.org

Community Stories

117 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My time at Her Farm, operated by the Global Mountain Fund, was pivotal to not only my professional field but also personal passions as well. I spent around 4 weeks at Her Farm in August 2018 under a program spearheaded by my university with around 10 other students. Her Farm was receptive, responsive and efficient in ensuring that our adjustment from the United States to Nepal was extremely smooth; so much in that they ensured that our large bags would be transported to the site on the foothills of the Himalayas and briefed us on what to expect in terms of physical exertion. I immediately adapted to my surroundings relatively quick due to the beautiful scenery, Western-style accommodations and incredible meals. I felt welcomed, secured and prioritized. As this was many of our first times traveling abroad for a long time period, it was the powerful sense of community that comforted us through homesickness. My time volunteering at Her Farm was enlightening. We were fully immersed in a community that prioritized common humanity without hierarchy. I appreciated the fact that we worked alongside the women and their daily tasks, rather than helped as an outsider which eased my concerns of volunteering with a "savior complex". The tasks ranged from cooking, farming, and community development projects--but most importantly, we were always learning. Learning different and innovative ways of living that was environmentally sustainable and less materialistic. Everyday, time was set aside so that we could learn about Nepalese culture whether that was language, holistic medicine or common past times. I was exposed to herbal medicine and acupuncture which supplemented my passions for sustainable medicine. I learned to be a stronger and more self-sufficient individual by being surrounded by inspiring and independent women every day. As Sunita, our mother away from home, commonly put "Woman power, 24 hour!" I felt empowered everyday at Her Farm and felt apart of something larger than myself. The work at Her Farm is integral to tackling the patriarchy and I am privileged to have witnessed this grassroots organization flourish first-hand. My biggest takeaway from this unforgettable journey was to expect nothing, but receive an abundance. I had no idea what to expect, and ultimately I left with lifelong friends, a new perspective on life and a home in Nepal I will continually return to. Everyday we were showered with wisdom, stories and evening circle talks with tea; there is not a day that goes by in which I am not guided by some of the lessons I took away from Her Farm. Every night, there were dance parties to Nepali music and talent shows featuring the most skilled dancing techniques around. I highly recommend Her Farm to anyone willing to fully immerse in a unique, beautiful and rich culture! Plus the view is pretty unbeatable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Her Farm was an amazing learning opportunity for our college group. The Mountain Fund has created a commendable project supporting an amazing group of women that are making self-sustaining impacts everyday. Our group had the opportunity to interview and work with all the residents, and it is through these interactions that we saw the amazing impacts of The Mountain Fund’s involvement in the region. The people, the place, and the project are all truly magical.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Mountain Fund has been always my first and the foremost charity of choice in Nepal. These guys are truly hands down charity who actually do 110% charitable work vs NGO and INGOs in Nepal. I am super confident always when donating and know exactly where the money goes.

I had pleasure making a trip to Nepal last year and stayed in the ' Her Farm' where I had the first-hand experience of where all the donated money is going to build the society and empower women to become self-sustaining. I love the idea Scott and Sunita have created this ecosystem in the Mountains of Nepal and love to support more. Already started talking about training these women in Nepal on coding and technology training. Fortunate to be part of Mountain Fund family as a donor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mountain Fund Nepal has done terrific job in various aspect of Nepal. From Poverty alleviation aspect to Education. From creating a sustainable home for abused and neglected women in Nepal to teaching each women to drive professionally and earn a good living. Project that are running in Nepal lead by Scott are phenomenal and understandable. I really appreciate what Scott and his team is doing out there in third world country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Resilient, Compassionate, and Visionary - are words I would use to describe the women who own and operate this unique community called “Her Farm”. Located in the beautiful mountains of the Kathmandu Valley, Her Farm serves as a model for how women can live rural AND modern lives - by empowering women with land to grow food and raise children while also providing the women with modern media equipment to develop skills in technology, photography/videography, journalism, and radio. As a photographer working first hand in their studio, I felt limitless - my only regret was not spending enough time to try every lens/camera!

In the past year, the women at Her Farm have established a professional reputation documenting events such as weddings, short films, and ceremonies through photography and videography. In Nepal, seeing women behind a camera and paying them for their work is very unconventional, making Her Farm a powerful model that rejects traditional gender roles. One has also started an interview series on older women farmers and how diminishing resources and lack of support from their children (who have fled to the city) have affected their farms. Developing these technical skills is vital but more importantly builds confidence and allows women’s voices to be heard.
It was an absolute pleasure and privilege working alongside these spectacular women in the photo studio, on the farm, and hearing their stories & possibilities of the future thanks to Her Farm.

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mtnfund 05/04/2019

Thank you so much.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent two months living and working with the people at Her Farm during the spring and summer of 2015 when Nepal was devastated by an earthquake. The Mountain Fund's response to this disaster was beyond amazing, working to distribute resources where they were most needed and identifying the true needs of the community. Everyone at Her Farm is so kind and welcoming, and I will always consider them to be an extension of my family. The work that has been done by the Mountain Fund to provide a voice and economic opportunity for women who might not otherwise have these opportunities has been truly impactful and sets an example for the entire community to continue to promote positive change and empowerment for all individuals.

Marianne H.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Scott shortly after he set up the Mountain Fund and have always been very impressed by the work he has done, not only at Her Farm but in many other areas before. He has always been an inspiration and introduced me to many very helpful people. Running a small charity that supports education and health in Nepal, I am always very keen to pass on information about The Global Mountain Fund to anyone who wants to help Nepal. I was very pleased when I found out that one of the volunteers who has worked for RAN went on later to spend time at Her Farm.

Yash K.

Volunteer

Rating: 4


I spent
three weeks volunteering on a remote farm (Her Farm) found in the district of Dhading, Nepal. My volunteering experience was invaluable. It has highlighted and helped me gain new perspectives on life. I come back home harnessed with many new lessons and with a renewed sense of vigour for the new year ahead. This trip helped me establish a lifelong connection with the local people of Her Farm. I would recommend anyone to take part in such an immersive and an eye-opening program at least once in their lifetime. - Yash K

1 Katie Belle S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization! It was such a peaceful and beautiful. I spent New Years at the farm and felt so welcomed by everyone.

1 Jacob C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent 3 weeks volunteering at Her Farm through my University. I had the most amazing time at Her Farm, learning of the residents, contributing to farm life and taking in the amazing scenery. Prior to going to the farm I was expecting to undertake heavy manual labour. Upon arrival I soon learnt that the value we bring to the farm as foreigners is not always in our physical contribution but also our ways of life and stories. An amazing experience I will never forget, hoping to return at some point in time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the final weeks of 2018 I was lucky enough to spend 14 days at Her Farm in Nepal. The experience was unlike anything that I had prepared myself for. The focus on providing beneficial skill development and education for those living at Her Farm proved to be a unique and wonderful challenge for me during my stay. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I had in visiting Her Farm and would recommend for anyone seeking an authentic volunteering experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a student that traveled to Nepal for the first time, studying abroad! A group of my classmates and I worked alongside Scott and the women of Her Farm to be able to create an Emergency Shelter Guide for the farm's use, following the series of earthquakes that occurred in 2015. Being able to work with the women of the farm, Scott and even the local villagers was great. Immediately arriving on the farm, I fell in love with it. The women are hard workers and made us all feel comfortable. It was cool to experience their culture and learn about the amazing projects that the Mountain Fund is providing for these women, like having their own broadcasting radio station! I wish we could have stayed longer but, the sisters will be greatly missed. If I am able to come back to Her Farm later in my life I definitely will!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Global Mountain Fund is doing great work on the local level for communities in need. As opposed to many of the large NGOs, the work they do is focused on the real needs of the local community. Whether providing a home for abused women, rebuilding homes from earthquake damage, or building a road so that the locals have access to city markets and infrastructure, the Global Mountain Fund is doing work that matters.

Daphne X.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Her farm is a community of strong, authentic and brilliant women, whom I will look up to for the rest of my life.

As a volunteer I got to help farm, help look after the children, teach at a nearby school and gain practical film and photography skills. However, most importantly as a volunteer, I went on a journey. I learnt how to love myself and the people around me, I learnt how to find happiness in simplicity and learnt what it was like to truly value and respect communities.

During my 8 weeks at Her Farm, every day was different and bought a new set of challenges and laughter. Everybody made me feel at ease from the very first day - I soon felt like a memeber of the big family and no longer a guest.

Thank you to everyone at Her Farm and to Scott and Sunita, because my experience was real and raw and something I would recommend to anybody wanting to grow, learn and love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent 5 weeks at Her Farm in April/May and had one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Not your typical volunteering programme - this is an opportunity to become part of a community and a family, live a truly authentic Nepali lifestyle and make a difference to their lives. Go with an open mind: this volunteering programme is broad. It is as much as you make of it, and be prepared to learn as much from these incredibly strong, powerful women, as you will be able to teach them. Very grateful to have been able to live in this beautiful place, have met these amazing women and be able to call them my sisters.

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mtnfund 07/08/2018

You were an inspiring addition to our home

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you are looking for one place to support, a way to make a difference, a way to understand the world outside your own, please visit Her Farm. Scott and Sunita are the change they want to see in Nepal. Help support their cause while at the same time gaining a once in a lifetime experience. Travel to a village in the mountains and spend a week or two with the beautiful women and children at Her Farm. Learn how they farm the land, milk a buffalo, make chai and momos, dance and sing in the court yard at night, spend time with the children and help them learn English so they can pass their exams and some day go to college. Be present.

2 Dawa Chhemo G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Firstly I would love to thank Sunita didi and Scott for giving me such an golden opportunity to explore their beautiful village. Sunita didi
she is such an inspiration and most importantly wonderfulsoul. Talking to her made me realize how beautiful life is ? I was so amazed with all the incredible and wonderful work she has done for Nepal. Everyone here is very warm welcoming ,friendly and kindhearted .
Lastly I urge to everyone whoever wants to donate and volunteer in Nepal " Her farm Nepal" is the best place .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Her Farm is like no other in the world! I have done extensive volunteering throughout the world and this was definitely one of the best. They are making real change for the community and village. Change that I think will be long-lasting. The girls do their best to make you feel like family. I will definitely be going back. Thank you to all the girls and Scott and Sunita for this wonderful experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Her Farm in rural Nepal was nothing short of amazing. This place is really making a difference, providing a healthy, encouraging environment for woman to live and thrive. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to work and live alongside these strong, inspiring woman that were so warm and welcoming. I learned so much in the short time I was there. So many laughs and heart warming moments- I loved every minute of it. Highly recommend volunteering at Her Farm. It is a truly life changing experience. I hope to return!

Evie M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've recently returned from a 2 week stay at Her Farm and absolutely couldn't fault it. I study International Development, and from a development point of view it was SO refreshing to see an organisation which main purpose is to benefit the lives of the women in the community, as apposed to meeting goals and targets. The organisation is beneficiary-led, meaning that it couldn't be more grassroots and bottom-up. I was fortunate enough to conduct post-graduate research whilst at Her Farm, and the success of the organisation was reflected in the unanimous happiness and contentment of all the women I interviewed. Was so uplifting to be witness to such an incredible movement and I couldn't recommend it more! To Sunita, Scott and the girls: keep up the good work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a thank you letter I sent to those at Her Farm after my internship experience, that account for my feelings of their nonprofit and what they do.

Dear Scott MacLennan,

I am writing to thank you for the time you took to supervise me. You helped develop my interest volunteering into a passion by sharing your knowledge of the need for the services provided by Her Farm. This knowledge helped me understand the importance and impact of volunteering in your community. I have applied the feedback I received to increase my trust in my ability as a volunteer and as a professional. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity I was given to assist Deepa to improve her English. I learned many things working with her, both about myself and the Nepali culture, with regards to similarities and differences between us.

My internship at Her Farm has improved my cross-cultural understanding and developed my repertoire of interpersonal skills and strengths to apply in the diverse and challenging professional environment I aim to work in as a health professional. Working at Her Farm developed my understanding of the challenges involved with providing assistance in a cross-cultural environment such as ensuring to address the needs of those you are aiming to assist and not imposing one’s own will. Furthermore, I gained understanding of the psychological and health factors relating to those from diverse backgrounds, whom I aim to work with in my career, and the complexity of addressing such issues with respect to individual cultures, values and beliefs.

In summary, I wish to express my appreciation for your time and efforts as my supervisor. I wish you all the best for your future endeavours.

Sincerely,

Dana-Maree Buffett