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Sherpa Power Mission and Impact

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Learn about the work Sherpa Power does in Nepal to improve livelihoods for family farmers and protect the biodiversity of indigenous medicinal herbs.

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Sherpa Power Mission and Impact

  1. 1. Mission and Impact Here are some pictures that tell about the work Sherpa Power does in Nepal to improve livelihoods for family farmers and protect the biodiversity of indigenous medicinal herbs.
  2. 2. These are young men in the Kathmandu airport heading for the Middle East for menial, dangerous jobs. They cannot find work in Nepal, and so 3,000 young men leave Nepal every day, 365 days of the year. One of the goals of Sherpa Power’s project, Healing Herbs Nepal, is to create new livelihoods for them so they can stay in their villages and enjoy a normal life.
  3. 3. These are the village leaders in Bhumahi, the village where our farm is located, along with Bhupendra, Shane, Susel and John. This is in a temple complex right next to our farm. We got the blessings and support of the community elders before embarking on our organic agriculture project in Bhumahi. Their support has been essential.
  4. 4. Here Bhupendra and the workers are doing a ceremony to inaugurate the planting of Shatavari.
  5. 5. The women members of the farm team do the careful work of planting Kali Musali seedlings in a prepared bed, while the young men prepare another bed in the background.
  6. 6. Here are some of the women who work with us in Bhumahi, at lunch time. Single-head-of- household mothers, often widows, are one of the two demographic groups that we are focusing on in the project. The women are challenged to support their families, and the training in organic agriculture and new skills and jobs we offer, help them a lot.
  7. 7. Here are some of the young men workers, also at lunch. Without the jobs we are providing, they must leave their villages behind and travel abroad for work, often taking dangerous menial jobs in the Middle East. We provide jobs and training in regenerative agriculture.
  8. 8. Here are a few of the medicinal herbs that we grow. Top left is Serpentina, used to help with sleep, top right are Kali Musali seedlings and bottom right are Shatavari seedlings, both ready for planting. Kali Musali is a powerful adaptogen, native to Nepal, and Shatavari is another adaptogen with strengthening effects that also helps mothers produce milk. Bottom center is a cluster of Shatavari plants we found growing wild on our farmland. All of these plants are native to Nepal. Finally bottom left is Turmeric, whose antioxidant and adaptogenic properties are well known.
  9. 9. Here the farm team is transplanting Kali Musali seedlings in our one big open field. Most of the other plants are planted in and among the trees and shrubs that cover most of the farm. This is similar to their natural habitat.
  10. 10. Here are some of the local children playing near the temple complex adjacent to our farm.
  11. 11. Here are close-ups of four of the workers at the farm in Bhumahi: Clockwise from the upper right: Rajkumar, Shivavati, Govinda, and Kala.
  12. 12. Pictures from an organic farming training we held in Bhumahi. We not only trained our workers, but also welcomed many people from the community who were interested to attend. Top picture is the lead instructor for the course. Bottom left is the students in the classroom. Bottom right is a demonstration of how to create raised beds using materials indigenous to the farm.
  13. 13. Here is a picture of the crest of the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. “Annapurna” means complete food that nourishes every level of life—body, mind, heart, and spirit. This is what Sherpa Power and Global Family Farms are all about.
  14. 14. Thank You and Namaste!

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