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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

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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

4 Rene15

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Global Mountain Fund is one of the best non-profits I have worked with to set up a faculty-led study abroad experience for a university group. 13 of us traveled to Nepal for 2 weeks recently with Scott and Sunita as our hosts and we could not have been better taken care of. From the visits to the medical clinics in Kathmandu to the Chitwan and Pokhara adventures, the Mountain Fund was there to assure great lodging and true Nepali experiences. In addition, the time we spent up in Manku village at the Farm was the highlight of the trip and we will be extending our time there next time we visit.

2 Shanti R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm Shanti, one of the staff at Mountain Fund.

I thoroughly enjoy working with the mountain Fund. Once you are part of it, you are part of the mountain fund Family forever!
I started working with the organisation 8 years ago, as a shy young woman, with little English and unaware of the rest of the world. And now I feel like I found a second home.
Sunita is the matriarch of the Mountain Fund. Her strength, dedication and positive attitude are truly inspiring. She is the teacher, the mother, the mentor. She can be bossy at times but after all she has a good heart, always ready to forgive!

Being part of this amazing team taught so many new things, such as farming, Computer skills, teaching, and of course, English.
But most importantly I learned about life, the responsibilities, the importance of family, happiness, kindness and the joy of helping one another.

So thank you Mountain Fund! You'll be forever in my heart!


Client Served

Rating: 4

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.