Help the women and children of Her Farm Nepal

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Her Farm, growing hope in the Himalayas

Her Farm was built to provide 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.  

Nepal is a primarily agrarian society with more than 80% of the population engaged in farming. At Her Farm, you will work alongside the women as they grow vegetables, rice, millet and other crops using organic methods. Her Farm also has livestock such as cows, goats and chickens. You can help in the daily care of the livestock. It's not easy work, but the women of Her Farm make it fun. You'll learn a lot about farming and about life in Nepal. 

 

Learn all about Her Farm right HERE  Be sure to watch some of the videos on this website to get a better understanding of Her Farm and what your time volunteering at Her Farm will be like. 

 

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More About This Placement

Growing Hope in the Himalayas

Women in Nepal face many challenges due to the highly patriarchal systems that exist there. For many women there is no place to go to escape this, however, they are skilled farmers, they can support themselves and feed their children if they have a little land. Our farm provides them with shelter and place to grow food. That's their most essential needs and a sustainable solution. 

For young women, there is a very real societal pressure to marry young, mostly in marriages arranged by families. Having a home, meaningful employment and continuing education gives young women options. 

What Can You Do?

Farm Work. The farm has a lot of lands that need to be put to use for organic farming. You can help directly and work on the land. You can work right alongside 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. Take a look at A Day in the Life at Her Farm video to understand better. https://youtu.be/Yeh_9MCU5zU

Teaching. We have a tutoring program for school age students in the village and offer ESL and computer tutoring for the older youth in the village as well as the women living at the farm. 

Photography and Art. Some of the women are interested in photography, film, podcasting, and art and you can help them in these areas. If photography, film or podcasting are your primary interests, choose the Her Farm Films placement. That lets us know you have the most interest in these activities. You can still participate in everything at the farm though. 

Construction or Repairs.  With 30 women and children calling Her Farm their home, we've built a lot of housing and infrastructure. There's always repairs or rebuilding of the facilities.

Learn Nepali cooking and culture. One of the best experiences you can have at Her Farm is to help the women in the kitchen. It's a lot of work to feed 30 people each day. You'll learn the secrets of making Nepali dishes and have the opportunity to spend quality time visiting with the women and learning all about life in Nepal. 

What Will Your Impact Be?

General. You'll be helping women build new lives, helping children to learn, helping an entire village lift itself up and helping yourself to appreciate the life you have. We promise, you will create lasting change and you will also be forever changed. The women of Her Farm, at least many of them, come from horrific backgrounds. Your friendship, caring and comradery means a lot to them. Rejected by their own families and society, the time you spend building a friendship with them is powerful healing for past trauma. 

Schools in poor, rural areas lack basic physical facilities and trained teachers. The need for those who can teach English is especially high. While wealthier families are able to send their children to English medium schools in Kathmandu, the typical rural villager cannot. Their children face a huge disadvantage later in life due to the lack of English speaking ability. As a volunteer, you will directly teach English as a second language to children who attend a community-based school. Local students may also need your assistance with one-on-one tutoring in a variety of subjects.

Requirements and Pricing

What you pay covers our costs to support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Nepal and to provide answers to all your questions during the pre-trip planning stage. 

  

1) Before traveling to Nepal we will spend as much time as it takes to provide you the help you need to arrange travel, visa information what to expect in Nepal, what to pack for Nepal, what you can do while you are in Nepal and what life will be like in Nepal for you. Your advisor knows Nepal inside and out and has lived there. You will be getting the most expert guidance possible.

 

2) We will assist you in getting from the airport to our house. We have our own volunteer group housing in Nepal in Kathmandu and at the farm, so that we can ensure your safety and the quality of food, cleanliness, and safety of drinking water. The housing has same-sex shared rooms furnished with beds and all the sheets, blankets, pillows and towel. Our girls keep the house clean, though you are expected to help by picking up your own room. At the farm, we have a clean comfortable housing with beds and beddings furnished. Wake up each day to beautiful views and end the day with breathtaking sunsets. Fresh air and the relaxing pace of life in a real Nepali village await you. 

 

3) Around the clock staff support. Our women, girls, and staff live in the housing at Her Farm. They will take you on a tour of Kathmandu, help you learn the culture, the language, how to navigate the transportation systems and every other aspect of life in Nepal. They are there to support you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They can also help you arrange for any in-country travel you may wish to do while in Nepal as well as suggesting places to go and things to do. 

 

Requirements: Ability to live in a rural community and physically able to work.

Planning Notes. You will live in volunteer housing on Her Farm that's comfortable but not fancy. Our staff will prepare meals using farm-fresh locally sourced food. It takes a full hour or more to walk the farm, uphill. Bring a backpack for your personal items and pack light. Transportation directly to the farm can be provided if necessary. There may be additional costs involved. 

Travel medical insurance is required. You can obtain coverage HERE

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