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The village of Balthali is only 40 kilometres from Kathmandu. Balthali is a village where you see the women working hard on the land to harvest the potatoes. From the early hours they walk with a basket on their back to provide their family with a small income. In this village you will spend five days and work on a women empowerment project, which is desperately needed as women's rights are still a daily struggle in Nepal.
During this project you build, together with the women and a Nepalese agricultural expert, greenhouses from bamboo and plastic. Since the majority of women in the village depend on their harvests for income and these often fail and / or do not yield enough, greenhouses give them the opportunity to grow other vegetables, also during the winter and monsoon season, which will result in a higher income. Given the position of women in Nepal, also in this village, the greenhouses will be built on land which the women's corporation owns. This is to protect the women and possible takeover by the men.
Rupa is the directing volunteer in the women's corporation in the village. The women's corporation consists of around 100 women. This corporation has independently carried out various activities with the ultimate goal of strengthening the position of women. They have also set up a joint savings system to support each other and to be able to invest in their future. Rupa has, as she says herself, "the luck" that she studied and obtained her diploma as a yoga and meditation teacher. Spirituality is an important part in the lives of the residents of the village and the women's corporation meets daily for meditation, yoga and prayers in the temple. You are allowed to participate in this every morning.
You will stay in a homestay with a loving family who will gladly take you into their daily lives. The hostess, named Rupa, lives here with her father, mother and sister. Everything is negotiable and can be discussed. With a lot of patience and passion they tell about their religion, way of life, spirituality and what this means for the village. All vegetables, tea, rice and other snacks are made fresh from our own garden. Breakfast and dinner will be had together in the homestay of Rupa, as well as a drink and refreshments in the evening. The accommodations have private rooms and a shared bathroom. With a western toilet and gas shower there is the option to have a hot shower. If desired, you can stay in Balthali Village Resort at an additional expense, from where you will be brought to the project by jeep every day.
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