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.
The Mountain Fund is doing an amazing job with limited funds. The Women's Farm in Nepal is one example of how your donation can make a huge impact in the lives of people that really need it.
I had an amazing time volunteering with the Mountain Fund for a month last year. Not only was it the experience of a lifetime but I made many life long friends. I can't wait for my next trip!
From my own personal experiences and also from what I have researched the Global Mountain Fund is an incredible resource for the development of farming, teaching and medical assistance. Under the leadership of Mr Scott MacLennan the Mountain Fund has continually grown to be able to helping folks who would otherwise struggle.
Phenomenal organization! They are very aware of what needs to be done, and know how to make an impact in the lives of those in need. They take time to get to know those who they help very well, and continue to build relationships. I had a wonderful time volunteering along side this organization and noticed that not only was I changing the lives of those in need, but my life would also be changed forever.
The Global Mountain Fund has been committed to making a real-life difference in Nepal for a number of years. They are particularly interested in improving living conditions for children and women, plus developing sustainable livelihood for women. They have developed valuable projects to this end. Their website contains details about their projects: www.mountainfund.org. I do not work for this organization, but have watched them move the mountain of poverty in Nepal. They have an extensive volunteer program which helps to fund their projects, so that 100% of your donation is used on the ground in Nepal. If you have funds to give, I have 110% confidence that the Global Mountain Fund will use them wisely to create positive change for those they serve in Nepal. Cheers!
Being a volunteer in my local community, but also internationally I'm often weary of organizations who claim to help, but in the end not all resources that could have go to people in need. The mountain fund however is one of the most caring honesty, and just all around good heart groups of individuals I have ever had the distinct pleasure to have worked with. I can't say enough good things about the folks involved. I can only hope that other follow suit of all the great work done in Nepal, and around the world.
I am an expat. who lives in Kathmandu part of the year and own tourist base businesses in Nepal. I have seen and heard from many volunteers in Nepal over the years and have worked with some of the local volunteer organizations. I have to say I am most impressed with the work being done at the Mountain Fund. Scott and his team look for meaningful projects in Nepal and then call on volunteers to help meet the goals he sees will truly help Nepali people. The Mountain Fund is one of the only volunteer organizations in Nepal that I truly believe in and would feel happy recommending to anyone interested in volunteering here. They are small, genuine, accountable and really care that each volunteer has a wonderful experience while doing some much needed service for Nepali people.
I have traveled to Nepal 8 times since 2005 to facilitate humanitarian work and decided to stay at Mountain Fund this year. I worked with and for some of their long term projects andI stayed for 8 weeks, off and on from Feb 18th- April 17th ( 5 weeks there). I was able to know this organization well. In order to be effective in Nepal one has to love the country and it's people. In my experience I have come to understand that most Nepali people want to leave Nepal and not return and many NGO'scollect funds to enhance their own lives first and others second. To my delight I found Mountain Fund to be genuine in their concern for others first. Scott and Sunita and their staff are people who are "in love" with the Nepali people and have a heart to help them to be lifted up from the burdens they carry in this impoverished country. Mountain Fund supports many organizations in Nepal who have excellent reputations. They keep well informed on the progress of projects in order to keep funding going where it is said to be going. The Women's coop ,one of their new projects in a very rural area, completely satisfied me that Mountain Fund will be able to help impoverished families and women with the careful structure that Sunita has put in place from the Nepali side while Scott has worked on the Western side to get this up and running. The Mountain Fund facilities are well located and are as good if not better than frequented hotels. The staff are kind, well informed, friendly and very willing to help in any way they can. I would highly recommend this Organization to facilitate Volunteers and donations.
I understand first hand the experience, competence and dedication of the staff of this organization. This hands on personal management is unique in my experience. I am certain that 100% of any contribution makes itself visible and effective: nothing wasted.
I've been working with Scott at the Mountain Fund for years, and I'm constantly amazed at the number of great projects he has going for the Mountain Fund at any given time. The work they do is pretty amazing, and seeing all the pictures of good results is always great. Someday I hope to actually manage to volunteer and make a trip over to see things first hand.
I have a passion for photojournalism and my initial goal was to travel to Nepal and capture the essence of the people there. My experience with Mountain Fund was inspiring, not only was I able to get in touch directly with the people MAKING the difference and capture the photos I wanted, but most importantly I learned how we as humanity can TRULY help and change a life. Thank you Mountain Fund for making this experience memorable and providing such a hospitable home. I will surely return as my work in Nepal isnt finished.
I worked through the Mountain Fund in the summer of 2010, and it was the greatest experience of my life. Their houses are safe and welcoming, for those who experience some culture shock when they first arrive to Kathmandu. The local guide in collaboration with The Mountain Fund is next to perfect! The houses are situated in a great spot within the city, and nothing so too far to see. Their work with orphanages and local hospitals is key to the learning of those who wish to partake in the life-changing endeavour. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to make a difference, and have an amazing adventure at the same time.
I went to Nepal in October of 2010 in my second year of internal medicine residency. I went w my husband and another resident - who had been to Peru w Scott in medical school. We volunteered for the medical trek, expecting great vistas, busy clinics, and some hiking. What we received was far more than that. Yes we had amazing vistas, incredible villages, generous villagers, and great hiking, but it was the overall finely coordinated trek that made the experience wonderful. Our cook was fantastic, the porters amazing, and the support staff incredibly fun and helpful. The tea houses and tents we slept in were sparse - but clean and safe and served to get the job done. the bookends of the trip - the few days before and after - were spent in kathmandu at the volunteer house - and the girls there are phenomenal. all our needs were met and they were fun to be around. Coordinated trips to the tourist must-sees around town were provided, and it was an easy way to see a magnificently complex city. We can't wait to go back - it was worth every penny!
The Mountain Fund is doing a great job in Nepal! They are one of the few I would entrust my money with. "Women's Farming Cooperative" initiative is a TERRIFIC and a very concrete one!
The Mountain Fund supports local development initiatives in mountain communities and connects volunteers to worthwhile opportunity. This small NGO focuses on doable projects that generate real results, and invests both resources and personal commitment into every community in which they work. I am proud to have volunteered with the Mountain Fund in 2010 and look forward to my second stint in Summer of 2012.