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!
I came to know Her Farm and The Mountain Fund during difficult times of restoring Nepal after the earthquake. Sunita and Scott were organizing an earthbag building workshop for volunteers willing to rebuild villages using natural earth-conscious and earthquake-resistant technologies. Workshop that I participated in took place at their farm in Dhading, and I got to know these wonderful people at that time and kept in touch with them ever since. Sunita, who overcame her own humble conditions and became an advocate for women liberation, education and happiness in overly traditional, rigid areas of Nepal where tradition is still more important than human happiness, is helping poor women to become independent and raise their children in the environment of equal opportunities. Scott, who has been helping villagers and mountain communities for years, has been introducing advanced agricultural and building technologies into the underdeveloped and poor communities, as well as teaching local kids English, computer skills and cinematography.
The farm is vibrant, functional, self-sufficient, and full of joy and laughter. They are also doing a rare job of successful rehabilitation of mentally ill women who had no other place to go - a task that nobody else in Nepal is ready to undertake. As a project manager and a non-profit worker with experience in different non-profit fields, I know how difficult it is to have a successful project of this scale in a country like Nepal - to tell you the truth, it is close to impossible! That is why I salute my friends and wish them all the best in all of their endeavors. They are doing something truly amazing.
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!
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.