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Review for The Global Mountain Fund Inc, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Volunteer