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Nepal her Farm Update 6 April, 2016

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Everyday life at the farm includes volunteers teaching children and we now serve lunch to the entire local school each day with as many as 60 children coming. We were serving breakfast before but the numbers were smaller as many had chores to help with at home before school. Since there’s no lunch at the school, and we knew that many children came with no packed lunch, we switched to lunchtime to make certain all the children get at least one good meal a day. 
 
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Overview from Scott on life at Her Farm in Nepal

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All inclusive volunteer experiences in Nepal.  Work directly with the people of Nepal as a teacher, builder, or medical intern.
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Book Your Trip to Nepal | The Mountain Volunteer

Book Your Trip to Nepal | The Mountain Volunteer | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
Book Your Trip to Nepal

Dear Volunteer. 

We've tried to make this easy for you and provided a way that you can book online, much the same way you'd make a hotel reservation or book a flight. Thank you for choosiing us to host you in Nepal. 

PRICING - the price includes total, twenty-four hour a day support from our staff, a clean room in a modern house in a secure location, breakfast and dinner daily, wi-fi, bedding, towels and unlimited friendliness. 

It couldn't be easier. Pick your dates, choose your program (which you can also change later) and click on "book now."   30 days prior to your start date you'll be sent an invoice to pay. There is no payment required to reserve a place unless you are booking less than one week before your start that. In that case, payment in full is required. 
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Take action. Change your life as you improve the lives of others. Here's where you volunteer to go to Nepal and build, teach or heal. 

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Volunteers in Action : Her Farm - Nepal

Volunteers at Her Farm in Nepal
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Slide show with music that provides a peek into the good work and new life coming out of Her Farm in Nepal.  Volunteer! 

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Acupuncture without Borders training at Her Farm

Professor Bal Krishna recently spent time as a volunteer teaching women at Her Farm, and the village, about acupuncture and other techniques for use in th
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Women's Farm in Nepal

Published on Dec 8, 2016
a quick look at the 30 women and children who call Her Farm Home
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Joyous sounds from Nepal.  Women building a better life at Her Farm. 

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Visit Her Farm Nepal. A 100 % woman owned and operated organic farm in Nepal

There is no better place to visit than Her Farm Nepal. This is a 100% woman owned and operated organic farm in Nepal. Help women who come from domestic abuse or mental health issues succeed as farmers in Nepal. You can make a real difference in the lives of these women in Nepal and help them heal.
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If you need to visit someplace real... here you are!

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A Day in the Life at Her Farm Nepal

Published on May 7, 2016
This was made by the women of Her Farm and shows what a typical day is like for them.
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This typical day shows the way to live in the now.

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Sunita Sharma and Scott MacLennan talk about "Her Farm" a woman-owned and run farm in Nepal

Sunita Sharma and Scott MacLennan speak with Valerie about “Her Farm,” a woman-owned and run organic farm in Nepal, two hours outside of Kathmandu. Scott and Sunita initiated the project several years ago. Around thirty women jointly own the farm and live there with their children, growing their own food and receiving education. The farm also welcomes volunteers to come and spend time working on the farm and also to be involved in education projects. The evolving mission of the farm is to also give the members of its family the opportunity to learn 21st-century computer skills and experience with photography, video, and even radio and podcasting. Their website is at herfarmnepal.org
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Radio interviw with Scott and Sunita about Her Farm in Nepal. 

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Nepal her Farm Update 6 April, 2016

Nepal her Farm Update 6 April, 2016 | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
Everyday life at the farm includes volunteers teaching children and we now serve lunch to the entire local school each day with as many as 60 children coming. We were serving breakfast before but the numbers were smaller as many had chores to help with at home before school. Since there’s no lunch at the school, and we knew that many children came with no packed lunch, we switched to lunchtime to make certain all the children get at least one good meal a day. 
 
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Overview from Scott on life at Her Farm in Nepal

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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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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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Volunteer to teach, heal, grow or build in Nepal.

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A Day in the Life at Her Farm Nepal

This was made by the women of Her Farm and shows what a typical day is like for them.
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The empowered women at Her Farm in Nepal are taught video skills by volunteers working with The Mountain Fund and Mountain Volunteer. You can make a difference in Nepal. Volunteer

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Stelly's Global Perspectives- Nepal 2014

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than the things you did. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain
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Stelly's Secondary School in British Columbia, Canada is instrumental in building and continued support for Her Farm in Nepal. This inspriational film helps us see and feel the transformative experience of volunteering in Nepal.

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How our volunteers to Nepal help fund our work | News About Volunteering in Nepal  | The Mountain Volunteer News

How our volunteers to Nepal help fund our work | News About Volunteering in Nepal  | The Mountain Volunteer News | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
We've been working in Nepal for about a decade, on the ground, doing real projects like hospitals, clinics, schools and support of women and children. Income earned from supporting volunteers helps to fund these projects. Under the US IRS rules, an educational organization can be classified as a charity or 501c3 even though they don't do any work at all on the ground in countries where they send volunteers, or in some cases, very, very little. When you volunteer with us, you are working on our very own project sites and helping to support other projects such as the school uniforms for girls project which you can learn more about here.

Come join us in Nepal. Have a great experience for yourself and see first hand what we are doing for the people of Nepal. 
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Mountain Volunteer does real work first hand in Nepal.  Volunteer to get your hands on the real experience of leaning and growing as you help folks to help themselves. 

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Broadcasting podcasting | Nepali Times Buzz | Nepali Times

Broadcasting podcasting  | Nepali Times Buzz | Nepali Times | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
Women journalists break the sound barrier by streaming directly to audiences through the Internet
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Visit Her Farm Nepal. A 100 % woman owned and operated organic farm in Nepal

There is no better place to visit than Her Farm Nepal. This is a 100% woman owned and operated organic farm in Nepal. Help women who come from domesti
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Her Farm Films

A taster of our visit to Her Farm Films. Scott MacLennan explains his plans to raise women's status through media training, empowering them to tell women's stories and change the traditional male-dominated narrative in Nepal, just like Belmaya Nepali is doing - as documented in the forthcoming feature doc, I Am Belmaya. Belmaya tried out the state-of-the-art cameras and was interviewed for community radio by Sushila Aryal.
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Her Farm Films: View the stories of women, by women in Nepal.

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Expanding the school at Her Farm

So many children now come each day to learn English and computers that we added another classroom. Many of the children walk an hour or more to reach our school.
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Changing the world one child at a time.

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A day in the life at Her Farm. Women's Empowerment in Nepal

Published on Jun 23, 2016
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The women of Her Farm Nepal take you on a tour of daily life in the village and at the farm. Her Farm is located in rural Nepal in a farming village. More than 20 women and children live at Her Farm. This is a 100% women owned and operated organic farm. Her Farm is a healthy, vibrant mountain community where women and children have access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity in an environment where human rights are valued and respected. Her Farm is growing hope for women in the Himalayas.

This video was made by the women of Her Farm.
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Working to make each day worth living: Her Farm

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New-found hopes : women-led farming communities in the Hymalayan

New-found hopes : women-led farming communities in the Hymalayan | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
Lensational reached Nepal through partnering with Mountain Fund, a non-profit organisation founded to protect Nepali women and give them the skills and safety to provide for themselves. The Mountain Fund’s Her Farm programme, one of the country’s own women-owned farm, provides a community for women who were formerly abused and abandoned in rural Nepal, allowing them to care for themselves and control their destinies.
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Photography from women living at Her Farm in Nepal. 

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Sound Devices - Scott Maclennan

Sound Devices - Scott Maclennan | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
"We have 27 women and children living here, and the 11 adult women (on the farm) mostly come from histories of domestic abuse," Maclennan says. "This is a prestige project for them. They can gain a lot of credibility and respect from the community, which isn’t easy for women to do in a highly patriarchal country."
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This podcasting program is just one of many empowerment activities happening at Her Farm. 

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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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See the reviews from volunteers who have worked 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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Global Giving Relief Fund: 

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A project report from Relief and Rebuilding from Nepal Earthquake on GlobalGiving
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If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report.

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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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HER Farm: Fighting Domestic Abuse in Nepal

HER Farm: Fighting Domestic Abuse in Nepal | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note:

Domestic abuse in Nepal is rampant.

The leading cause of death among women of childbearing age is suicide. Widows are tossed out and branded as witches. Victims of the sex trade are shunned by families.

These women have nowhere to go. They are skilled farmers, they can support themselves and feed their children if they have a little land.

Her Farm is a healthy, vibrant mountain community where women and children have access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity in an environment where human rights are valued and respected.

Her Farm is growing hope for women in the Himalayas.
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Her Farm is supported by Mountain Volunteer and the Mountain Fund.  Find out how you can go to Nepal and make a difference: Volunteer Today!

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Young women are growing hope at Her Farm in Nepal: The Mountain Fund News

Young women are growing hope at Her Farm in Nepal: The Mountain Fund News | Nepal - The Mountain Volunteer: Heal - Teach - Build | Scoop.it

Scott MacLennan: "When we started Her Farm we had a vision of women coming from abusive family situations and living at the farm where they could support themselves and their children. That's still our mission and vision at the farm, however something else is taking place at the farm, something unexpected and wonderful."

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How do you grow hope on an organic farm?  Go to Her Farm in the Himalayas to find out.

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