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. Our farm cooperative will provide them with shelter and place to grow food. That's the essential needs, without which they will stay trapped in abuse.
We examined other programs that help women in these situations. Most of these programs are skill development based and attempt to train women to sew, weave or make handicrafts. These are marginal incomes, at best. 80% of Nepal is agriculture and 90% of the work done on farms is done by the women. Nearly all Nepali women have a great skill-set as farmers. Given a plot of land to farm and a roof over their heads, these women can, and will, produce enough crops to feed themselves and their children. That's a sustainable solution.
Nepal is a rural, agrarian society with 85% of the population residing in small villages and working family farms. This is the "real" Nepal and we provide an experience of it that is unmatched. You'll live and work in a community and immerse yourself completely in village life.
We are constructing housing for women and volunteers at the farm. You can help with construction projects. 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. We need to improve irrigation at Her Farm to extend the growing season. You can help construct farm ponds. Existing buildings on Her Farm need repairs, painting, and improvement. You can improve these buildings.
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.
As of November 2013 we now also have a day-care and before and after school program for the children in the village. You can help teach English, work on art projects and other activities with these children.
You will live in the volunteer shared house where we have simple, comfortable accommodations (showers/toilets, no running water). Meals are prepared fresh daily from locally grown sustainable sources, including right there on the farm. Situated to provide mountain views with a short hike, fresh air and easy access bus (2 hours) to Kathmandu, the rural Nepal experience provides the ideal opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Nepal.
- Project Length: From 2 weeks to 12 weeks
- Project dates: Year round. Choose any date to arrive.
- Arrival airport: Kathmandu (KTM)
- Accommodation: Shared volunteer house on farm
- Meals: Breakfast and dinner daily
- Airlines: Qatar, Air India, Jet Airways, Thai Air, Ethiad
- Vaccinations: Typhoid and Hep A wwwnc.cdc.gov
- Program starts and ends in Kathmandu
- Airport meet and greet in Kathmandu. Afternoon city tour and orientation
- Transportation to and from the rural village
- Monday to Friday volunteering. 40 hours per week
- Weekends free to sightseeing
- Support: Local ABV Director support 24/7 during placement
- Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer
- Flights to Nepal. Entry Visa. Departure taxes. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet