Growing Hope in the Himalayas
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 no where to go. They are skilled farmers, they can support themselves and feed their children if they have a little land. Her Farm provides them with shelter and place to grow food. That's the essential needs, without which they will stay trapped in abuse.
Domestic abuse in Nepal is rampant. In a survey conducted by one organization, as many as 70% of the survey participants face domestic abuse on a daily basis. The leading cause of death among women of childbearing age is suicide. 17% of all deaths in this age group are from suicide and that is a growing number, up significantly from just a few years ago (source DFID) Widows are tossed out of their homes and branded as witches. Widows are denied employment and there are no government support programs that offer any sort of aid to them. Families shun victims of the sex trade, a rapidly growing issue in Nepal. It’s estimated that nearly 10,000 Nepalese girls each year are sold to the sex trade in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. (US Department of State)
Female workers who left Nepal for employment in the Gulf region are not welcomed back by society and unable to work in Nepal. More than 1,000 people each day leave Nepal for the promise of employment in the Gulf region. Frequently underpaid and sexually abuse by their employers, their families refuse to let them come home and so they are alone, and with no means of support. Often they turn to the sex industry in Nepal for work in order to survive. They work massage parlors and “cabin bars” as they have no other options. These women have nowhere to go. However, they are skilled farmers, they can support themselves and feed their children if they have a little land. Our farm cooperative provides them with shelter and place to grow food. That's the essential needs, without which they will stay trapped in abuse.
Her Farm is home to 30 women and children. The farm has morning educational classes in English and computers and a health clinic on site. The farm is completely woman owned and operated which is unique for a paternalistic country like Nepal.
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.
The current scope is large enough for 30 women and children. We plan to expand as funds permit.
Your support helps to provide medical care, education, clothing, school supplies and all other forms of support necessary for the women and children of Her Farm to grow, to thrive and live productive lives.
This is a totally unique project. Our nonprofit has moved into the village of Mankhu and it's our base of operations in Nepal. That doesn't happen in Nepal where nearly all nonprofit organizations are in Kathmandu. The Nepali nonprofit that's our sister organization is comprised of the women of Her Farm. These women are managing a large farm in a rural community and are a success in doing so.
This is a model project for poverty elimination and community development in rural communities all of Nepal. 80% or more of the population lives in rural communities. This is where the problems are and where the change can come from.
Her Farm is creating women leaders in the community, leaders who, in turn are supporting other women in the community and empowering them to reach their full potential.