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The Global Mountain Fund Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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 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 .

1

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.

1

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

Tammy N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazingly generous people, we felt like a part of the family. Shanti is an angel ❤️
Thanks to Scott and everyone for the incredible experience, the time spent at the hospital was great.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent two wonderful weeks here as soon as I arrived in Nepal for the first time. I felt immediately welcomed by the women and especially the beautiful and enigmatic children. I really felt a part of community efforts and was able to help gather bamboo trunks for Dashain celebrations. Helping in the school room in the mornings before school is a great opportunity to engage with the children and to witness their insatiable desire to learn and work hard.
I would thoroughly recommend the experience to anyone and rest assured you will be well looked after and leave with a plethora of fond memories.

Tom

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We visited back in May and had an absolute amazing time. Though we did not get to meet Scott and Sunita because they were in the US, the girls at the farm and in Kathmandu took excellent care of us. Scott was also super helpful at answering our many questions before our trip and dealing patiently with us.

This is a great NGO to visit with a great mission. One of my best memories is the sunset hike which is a must do. Other than that the food is amazing and all locally grown. Try to make Momo's if you can.

The accommodations were super well kept and clean at the farm and in Kathmandu. My only comment is that it would be really nice to put some furniture up on the roof for a little stargazing place, but taking the mats and blankets in your room work just fine!

As a group of 4 young girls we felt very safe the entire time and well taken care of.

This NGO by far exceeded my expectations and it was a pleasure to experience Nepal with them.

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mtnfund 08/21/2017

We'll work on some seating for the roof ! Thanks for coming and thanks much for the kind words

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

By far the most uplifting and amazing experience of my life. Met some incredible and inspiring women and children during my time at Her Farm. Will definitely be going back again to visit this amazing community

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent two weeks at HerFarm and it was a wonderful experience!
The women are incredibly kind, warm and strong --- and so fun to be with! The term sister is used - but it becomes more than a term .... you become sisters quickly!
The kids will melt your heart and it will be so hard to say goodbye. There are about 17 of them and each one is so special. Working with them in the mornings at school is great, but working side by side with them in field is wonderful! The work is varied - helping in the school, working in the fields, doing light construction were all activities I was able to help with. If there is something you are interested in doing, Shusila is open and will try and arrange for it to happen.

I have volunteered in a lot of countries and with many NGO's but what stands out about this company is that it is local, the founders are invested and a part of the work and the farm is changing lives everyday! Scott is really great about communicating and all the information that comes before you travel is detailed and helpful!

I cannot say enough good things about The Mountain Fund! I cannot wait to go back!
Kari Robins July 2017

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at her farm was very inspiring. I arrived after a trek up the mountains where I got my first heart-warming experience of the area. A local woman insisted on helping me carry my backpack in her basket on her head when I was going to help my friend Elle to carry her bag, the woman insisted on carrying her bag too. She was now dancing up the mountains with about 50kg on her head! This loving act was just an introduction to the rest of my stay. When finally arrived at the farm we were greeted by women and children who open their home and hearts to us. We were instantly there sisters. I had already been asked to use my skills in art and design to create a mural on one of the walls. With the support of my new sisters and the other volunteers, we manage to finish the task. It took us on a few adventures such as getting paint from the local village and getting a lift up the mountain in the local delivery truck.

Unfortunately, I got sick after a while, but the overwhelming care I got from my sisters made me feel like I couldn't pick a better place to be sick.

I give Her Farm 5 stars since it's a unique experience that was carried with so much love and inspiration! Yes, women and girls can do anything such as building houses, running farms and raising children. Thanks for giving me this experience!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beautiful children, beautiful women one of the most life changing experiences one can have.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year I was working in a documentary film in Nepal and I was so fortunate to meet Sunita dd, Scott and the wonderful women in Her Farm.

As well as providing a home for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, empowering these women to be independent, Her farm also has an incredible video & radio studio called Herfarmfilms, where they are inspired to learn filmmaking and radio hosting, to educate and share women's stories all over Nepal.

I learnt so much, met inspiring women, and I can't wait to visit them when I'm next in Nepal. I would highly recommend the voluntary experience and for people to support Scott and Sunita dd's wonderful organisation.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Her Farm project is especially meaningful and will always hold a sacred place in my heart- I am changed for the better in my knowledge and understanding after visiting the farm project, engaging with the locals, the amazing sisters who run the farm and of course Scott and Sunita. I am so so so so grateful to have had the chance to go there and I very much look forward to the day I return - I hope as many people as possible get the chance to learn about this place and the amazing, important work that they are doing to educate and support others.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just returned from 3 weeks at Her Farm, Mankhu.
For the first two weeks,I was in a constant state of awe....for the project and directors,for the women, the children, and the physical beauty.
Scott and Sunita made sure to support every step of the volunteering experience, from arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, and arrival at their guest house in town, to transportation via taxi , bus , and car to Her Farm. The women and children of her farm were friendly, loving, and supportive throughout. I found that I could volunteer in many ways. Physically, I was limited by some neck issues , but there are daily projects occurring with which one could keep very busy!... farming, painting, building, digging,etc. I assisted with homework assignments every morning, and child care in afternoons.I helped in kitchen prep, and even made momos.
I found that by spending my free time with the women while they worked, I was able to share experiences and stories.

Scott happily shared his wealth of information about Nepal, politically and socially, and Sunita shared her vision for the farm and it's potential impact on future generations of nepalis.They are incredibly loving, caring, and devoted to the project, and all the members of the community.

I would highly recommend Her Farm to any potential volunteer.you will learn so much more than you could ever imagine.The people are independent and capable, and don't require outside assistance, but happily try to improve their English and learn about the world beyond nepal.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've spend 7 weeks at her farm in Nepal this year and it was an invaluable experience. Everyone is very kind and they let you decide what you want to do with your time. I was helping with various little things like farming, teaching or painting. What was more important however were the interactions with the women and children of the farm and seeing how they live together. I made some really good friends and will definitely be back soon.

1 ChristineC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In October of 2016, my partner and I were in a taxi heading through Nepal’s capital city. In search of a connection to a larger, global community, and a little adventure, we had booked a stay at Her Farm to see what we could give to this small community in Nepal after hearing about the devastating earthquake in 2015.

Nepal has many faces and the bustling city of Kathmandu is only one of them. We quickly moved on to Manku, a small village in the hills in between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Here we found clean air, stunning green mountain views, and the sisters of Her Farm.

Her Farm is a truly a unique place in Nepal, providing a safe place for women to live, farm, and gain access to health care, education, and economic development. It is the women who own the land and make the rules at Her Farm, not the men who do so in the rest of the country.

Our days were spent working on a variety of projects, such as repairing a simple greenhouse, carrying grass up the terraced fields to feed the livestock, or re-mudding the earthbag house on the property.

We spent downtime getting to know the women and children in the community, something we were assured was significantly more important than any physical labour we had contributed. We read books in English, shared photographs of our home in Squamish BC, Canada, played card games, chased each other around the property, and attended the most unforgettable dance parties nearly every evening.

Nepal lost many things during the earthquake. On a small farm in Manku, however, life still flourishes. Children are being educated, drinking water is being provided, health care is being accessed, and ancient traditions which serve to reduce the role of women to near slaves are being challenged.

Her Farm grows hope and empowerment alongside the rice and guavas in the fields. The earthquake only proved that the resilient spirit and the Nepali people can’t be shattered. It's been over four months since I've returned from Nepal but I still think of the sisters of Her Farm nearly every day. We gave them our time and it was returned with kindness, laughter, an authentic cultural experience, an education in women empowerment, and memories to last a lifetime. I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to recommend a stay at Her farm.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent 10 days at Her Farm in Nepal with my University and it has changed my life. The people you meet along with the tasks your preform daily are so eye-opening and awe-inspiring. Saunter and Scott are amazing hosts who make you feel like your at home at all times. The stories you hear about the journeys of the women that have found their way to Her Farm are amazing. Some of these women have been through harrowing tales but they all have such a positive outlook on life now and that is mainly because of the safe haven Scott and Sunita have created. It was an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone!