Machhapuchchhare Yak Ranch hopes to SHAPE Nepal communities by generating income to support various humanitarian causes, as well as creating a place of peace and recreation where people can come and rest.
Nepal is considered one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. The estimated income for a person living in rural areas (85% of the population) is less than $2 a day, with an unemployment rate of 47%. According to the Nepal Living Standards Survey of 2003-04 about 31% of the population still lives below the poverty line and only 54% of the population can read and write.
Despite the great needs in the world today, it has become more and more difficult to raise money for aid work. On the one hand there is an economic crisis in both America and in Europe (so there is less money available than before), and on the other hand there are progressively more projects that want our money (so the competition is high). Because of this, there has become a need for aid workers on the field to think differently.
We aim to build a traditional looking Newari guesthouse with European standards. 75% of the income will go directly to help people in the Himalayan regions, while 25% of the income will be invested in other income generation projects to make sure the vision can grow, so that we will always have enough funds to help those in need.
Currently The Yak Ranch is under construction, but we aim to have all the buildings completed by the end of 2017 (and the entire project completed by the end of 2018).
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Some of the things we are curently doing is supporting orphanages and schools, help out with different comunity devopment project (mostly water and road projects) and run a variety of courses to improve the living standard for the poorest people. We also facilitate volunteer teams who want to use their skills and talents to reach out and help the people of Nepal.
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How to help
We are depending on volunteer teams to help us, so if you know of anybody that would want to go on a team trip to Nepal, let us know. We will make sure the team is taken care of from the time it arrives until the time it leaves (or is done). We can also help set up leisure tours (trekking, sightseeing, etc.) as part of the program if you would like! Donations are greatly appreciated as the Yak Ranch is under construction.
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The Yak Ranch is built by donations and volunteers with no help from the Government of Nepal. For the moment Øyvind Reksten Scheie is the volunteer Project Manager. All gifts will directly go to the funding of the building project, which in turn will help the communities of Nepal!