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Her Farm, Growing Hope in the Himalaya | Go Overseas

Her Farm, Growing Hope in the Himalaya | Go Overseas | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
Her Farm is an organic farm that is operated for, and by women. Life in Nepal isn't easy for women; domestic abuse is high, girls are discouraged from getting educated and often married off by families at an early age. Her Farm is a refuge from all that and the only model of its kind in the country. Women of all ages, and a wide variety of backgrounds live and work at the farm and are showing what women are capable of.
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HER Farm: Changing the World for Women in Nepal

HER Farm: Changing the World for Women in Nepal | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
The most touching moment I can think of, that demonstrates our impact, involves an 82 year old grandmother from the Brahmin caste (high caste). During the aftermath of the quakes, many families came together at Her Farm to create a communal kitchen. This meant families from all castes.

 

One day a woman voiced her discontent at eating food from a kitchen where low caste women were working, as some of our girls are Dalit (untouchable caste).

 

Grandma looked at the woman, and said:

“What does that matter now, we suffer together, and we’ll eat together.”

Or words to that effect. A huge breakthrough moment that an 82 year old high caste woman would think, must less utter those words out loud. She’s our immediate neighbour, she’s been around Her Farm a lot, and it has changed her thinking, or at least softened her position on some things.

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Being, Not Doing: How to be the best volunteer in Nepal ever. The Mountain Volunteer News

Being, Not Doing: How to be the best volunteer in Nepal ever. The Mountain Volunteer News | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
The best volunteers are Being, not Doing. Not long ago a volunteer posted on a blog about a conversation with the local school principal. In that conversation she asked what the principal thought about volunteers at the school. He replied that he was not sure since he'd never been outside of Nepal and couldn't know what changes would look like, what our life looked like. It's an important point.

We go to volunteer thinking we want to DO something. The people we wish to help may have no idea what we are talking about or thinking about, they have no frame of reference for understanding. It first takes building friendship and trust and that comes from Being, not from Doing.
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The time spent playing with kids, learning the language so they could say a few things to the locals, working hard and with the same tools as the locals. These ways of being ingratiated them to the community and strong bonds were made. From those bonds, doing becomes possible because there is trust. Without first Being, there is no Doing.

 

So when you come to Nepal and volunteer, be most mindful of who you are being, then you think about what you are doing.

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Nepal - Housing for women nearly complete at Her Farm

Nepal - Housing for women nearly complete at Her Farm | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
With help from 34 volunteers from Stelly's Secondary School, we've nearly finished the first home for women at Her Farm in Nepal. Her Farm is a home for landless women and children who have no place to go.
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Volunteer in Nepal. Help create and grow a place where abused women in Nepal can go and live productive lives.

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Her Farm Films Empowers Women in Nepal to Change the Narrative

Her Farm Films Empowers Women in Nepal to Change the Narrative | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
The Mountain Volunteer, The Mountain Fund and Her Farm Films announced a new volunteer program in Nepal today. Her Farm Films is the name of our production branch at Mountain Fund. The mission of Her Farm Films is to provide the training and equipment needed for Nepali women to produce short films about life in Nepal for women.
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The narrative changes when you change the narrator.


Getting the voices of women heard is a crucial step in changing the conditions for women in Nepal. Ranked as one of the worst places on earth to be a woman, Nepal is a highly paternalistic society that affords little to no chance for women to get behind a camera and tell the stories of women. We will change that and acquire a voice for women in Nepal. 


If you have the required skills, a sense for adventure, an open heart, and the courage to volunteer you can help change the narrative for women in Nepal. 


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Her Farm Nepal - YouTube

Hear the stories coming from Her Farm in Nepal.  Supported by volunteer efforts provided via the Mountain Fund, a growing number of Nepali women are building an organic farm in Nepal.   This is an amazing opportunity to lend a hand and change your world. 

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Volunteer to build, teach, or heal at Her Farm.  

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HER Farm: Volunteers from Around the World are Fighting Domestic Abuse in Nepal

HER Farm: Volunteers from Around the World are Fighting Domestic Abuse in Nepal | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
Scott and Sunita MacLennan:

 

People are always welcome to donate, but the majority of our funding at Her Farm comes from volunteers that we host at the farm.

 

About 150 people a year from 26 countries (and counting), visit the farm to help in the fields, the classrooms, with repairs and in other capacities.

 

This provides many women with the job at the farm - cooking, hospitality management, logistics; and of course it gives them the opportunity to practice English, the business language of Nepal, which many women have been excluded from learning.

So, visiting www.HerFarmNepal.org and donating is good and kind.

Actually visiting Her Farm as a volunteer is even more beneficial.

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Donations are kind.  Actually going to Nepal as a Mountain Volunteer is transformative.  

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HER Farm: Safe-Haven from Abuse in Nepal

HER Farm: Safe-Haven from Abuse in Nepal | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
Her Farm quickly became much more than a safe-haven from abuse. Young and unmarried women sought employment there to stave off parental pressure for marriage. Today there are women from wide variety of backgrounds as well as castes. They live together, work together and support each other’s success and wellbeing, like a giant family of 25 women.
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There are many ways you can help Her Farm thrive. Volunteers are needed to teach, heal, build and grow.  You can go to Nepal and make a difference. 

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Mountain Volunteer: Your Chance to Volunteer in Nepal

Volunteer in Nepal


The Mountain Fund and Mountain Volunteer provide an all inclusive opportunity to Volunteer in Nepal. Teach English, Computers, or Videography. Learn organic farming or work in the clinic at Her Farm.


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Change yourself. Change the world one day and one person at a time. You can contribute funds, but more importantly you can contribute time by stepping out of your life and into the Himalayas  by becoming a Volunteer in Nepal.

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Manisha Sharma's curator insight, November 18, 2015 12:45 PM

Change yourself. Change the world one day and one person at a time. You can contribute funds, but more importantly you can contribute time by stepping out of your life and into the Himalayas  by becoming a Volunteer in Nepal.

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Learn Organic Farming at Her Farm | Nepal Volunteer Placements

Learn Organic Farming at Her Farm | Nepal Volunteer Placements | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
Her Farm, growing hope in the Himalayas


Her Farm was built to provide poor, landless and homeless women and their children a sustainable home and livelihood. Her Farm is grass-roots community development that impacts the entire rural village where the farm is located.  

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What Can You Do?There is a lot of work to be done. 

The farm has a lot of land that needs to be put to use for organic farming. You can help directly and work on the land. You can work right along side our women farmers and grow the food that you, and they, will be eating. Farming is hard, but fully satisfying work and nothing tastes better than a meal prepared from the food you've grown yourself. You will be helping these women to provide a sustainable future for themselves and their children. 

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Volunteer in Nepal: Teach at Her Farm

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This is a transformational opportunity to volunteer in Nepal.

 

Qualified Volunteers have the opportunity to teach:

  • English
  • Computers
  • Videography 
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