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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

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Danielle108

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Nepal with a group for a healthcare study abroad trip. Scott planned everything out for us. He met us at the airport and he and Sunita graciously accepted us into their home. Staying with them for a couple nights in Kathmandu was a great transition into the country. We became acclimated to the culture and got to meet Namuna. They took us up to Her Farm where we stayed another 2 nights. The sisters and children were all very excited to have us and made us feel right at home. Shanti took us on an early morning hike up the mountain to watch the sunrise. The sisters showed us how to make Mo-Mos and we had a dance party to celebrate the New Year (we were visiting over New Year). Since we were healthcare students, we were able to see villagers at the health clinic on the farm. It was very inspiring and uplifting to hear some of the sisters' stories. There is an overwhelming armosphere of acceptance and love at Her Farm. They were all complete strangers to me and my group but became more like family during our stay. Sunita is filled with more compassion and enthusiasm than anyone I've ever met. I could sit and listen to her talk for hours and never get tired of it. It's very evident that Scott and Sunita put their whole lives into the Mountain Fund and Her Farm. This is a wonderful organization that is making a positive difference in many lives. We loved Scott and Sunita so much that when we returned to Kathmandu after traveling to Chitwan and Pokhara, we had to meet up with them for pizza before heading back to the US.

Marjan d.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our stay at Her Farm in Nepal gave us the opportunity to taste what rural life in Nepal is! It is impressing to see the renewed confidence and strength the women living at Her Farm get. Everyone has the community feeling which gives them a safe environment to live. The way they take care of each other is amazing and everybody is equal. And with the additional school support and the little health care clinic, the positive influence is not only for the Her Farm people, but also for the surrounding villages. We only stayed two weeks at Her Farm, but is was an unforgettable experience.

1 Meagan7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most rewarding experiences i have had! To completely immerse myself in a community of people who love and share and give so others can enjoy a more rewarding life.. there is nothing else like it!
I spent 5 weeks living at Her Farm, working along side the amazing women here. I taught English in the school in the mornings and worked with the women during the day farming, preparing food and painting classrooms.
I learn't so much from this experience, as it gave me so much perspective on life and the things we take for granted.
I hope to return one day, as this is an organisation led and run by amazing people, and it seems to be growing and expanding in order to help and reach more people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many thanks to Mountain Fund for proving me with such a great opportunity to shadow doctors in Kathmandu's local hospital during a two-week Pre-med program. Doctors are willing to share their experience and explain students medical background of cases of numerous patients. You are allowed to attend various wards in the hospital and ask doctors about their profession. A simple motto applies there: The more you ask and the greater interest you demonstrate, the more you can learn. It is a great way to become aware of a health care system in a developing country and issues that Nepalese doctors face every day. Moreover, you get a chance to meet new people - both Nepalese and volunteers from other countries, which will make your horizons broader as well. I can only recommend joining Mountain Fund as a volunteer - I believe you will not regret it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been three weeks now since I left the Her Farm in Nepal and every day since I have thought about those people kindly and my experience there fondly. These are truly humans chasing the good in life and finding happiness in helping others. There was not one day I spent in my two weeks at the Her Farm where I 1) wanted to leave or 2) felt unloved by these once strangers. I came there to help where I could but it paled in comparison to what these wonderful people did everyday for me. What a great organization and a hard working non-profit that truly makes the most of everything they have and everythings they're given. 10/10 would recommend again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

From the moment I got off the plane, the Nepali people made me feel as comfortable as possible. The sisters are very hospitable and make sure you always have enough to eat. They always try to plan a tour around their wonderful city and make sure you leave satisfied. Overall, my experience to Kathmandu through the Mountain Fund could not have been anymore thrilling.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is because of the impeccable people working with The Global Mountain Fund that I had a remarkable experience in Nepal. Clearly an sane human being would be nervous packing their bag and heading halfway around the world to immerse themselves in an unknown culture, surrounding themselves with strangers, but once I got to nepal, these women made me feel like I had known them my whole lives. Each and every person at her farm and helping hands community hospital made me feel right at home, which made the experience that much more enjoyable. The program definitely returns as much as you give, meaning, the more you give, the more you get. It may not be returned in extravagant experiences, but you can learn more from these incredible women in one day than you can imagine. This experience has proven invaluable to me, not only for the impeccable medical experiences I gained, but for the memories I made with fabulous people from around the world and the knowledge I gained from the souls of truly wonderful people. Also exploring in Nepal wasn't half bad. Trekking was spectacular -- I went to EBC, but the annapurna circuit was wild apparently. Pokhara was beautiful and I did a 12 day meditation retreat that changed my life in more ways than I can explain.
Her Farm and the women that run it, truly have taught me more than I could learn in any classroom. Not only about myself but about the ebb and flow of life, and for that I am eternally grateful.

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mtnfund 06/14/2016

It was a real delight to get to know you and host you in Nepal. Hope to see you back again some day.

2 Haleigh F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I honestly can't say enough good things about my experience with Her Farm. Going halfway around the world to stay with people who were basically strangers was nerve-wracking to say the least, but from the second I stepped foot on the grounds I felt like I was at home. The staff here are truly TRULY amazing, hardworking, and selfless people doing absolutely fantastic work for their community. The children and adults who live here are incredibly kind and accepting, and even on the days where I worked the hardest at the Farm I was so elated to be there with such caring people who could make even the most mundane task fun. Being here was a truly eye-opening and wonderful experience.