Himalayan Hope Home

by The Small World
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Himalayan Hope Home
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Our Primary / Emergency Relief Support Program 

The Small World has to date provided over 500 families with relief food, especially families of trekking porters, day construction workers with lost jobs, single moms, young children, and elderly people who lost their jobs and urgently need our support.


Here in Nepal, COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing every day, mainly because thousands of migrant workers are returning home from lost jobs in India; unfortunately, most of them are infected. We expect that the Nepal government will soon declare a medical emergency with more limitation on services and movement.

Right now, though, hunger is a much more serious challenge than coronavirus, and guaranteed to be an issue long after the pandemic is over. After lockdown in the district of Solukhumbu (where our girls receive higher education at our school), over three dozen people have committed suicide; in the rest of Nepal, over 900 people have committed suicide, and yet we have just ten deaths from the virus so far. According to the World Food Program, an estimated 4.8 million people in Nepal were struggling with food security before the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, UNICEF warned that “over 4,000 children may die in Nepal in the next 6 months due to lockdown.”  


Secondary and Sustainable Relief Support Program 

We have had comprehensive discussions with the communities we provided with food relief support, and they have requested help in farming, a skill with which many of these families have never been involved or had experience. 

Meanwhile, more than two months of lockdown have halted transportation with drastic effects; it is estimated that returning to normalcy could take a minimum of a year or even two for the resumption of normal daily construction work, daily labor job opportunities, and trekking jobs for families. 

We have also realized that providing food relief support is not a permanent solution, so we have come up with a support program with the project name, “Seed Of Hope.” With this program, we plan to help communities grow their own food by providing seeds, orientation, and basic training by agricultural experts for seasonal farming, cash crops, kitchen gardens, organic compost, and organic pest control.


“Seed of Hope” Beneficiaries 

We are initiating this program in the Solu-Dhudkunda Municipality area, which is divided into eleven (11) wards, and forming mothers’ groups. There will be 20-25 women in each group and so far, 350 women have requested our support.  Every member will receive seeds and support from agricultural experts; many of our girls from the hostel and their families are also participating. 

Our program is actually not a training for individuals - it is in fact a beautiful family program. Every mother or family member who participates in our farming program will take this training and education to their home and share it with everyone there, especially the children.

With schools closed and online education not accessible for these children, at this point, we feel the best education for them is to become involved in growing their own food and learning about the new possibilities that farming presents.

As you know, road track opening and road construction in remote areas has been a highly prioritized effort in the last couple of years, with less focus on agriculture.

Thus, our goal for this program is to not only function on a practical level as described above, but also as a powerful organized movement. In this campaign, our goal is to motivate local communities and local government to focus on creating and bringing much more investment into the agricultural sector.

We at The Small World have 'been there' long before the news cameras arrived, and we’ll be there long after the cameras leave. Through our continued commitment, we have learned a great deal through years of experience and have the acumen and know-how to help our communities become more resilient to future disasters.

The Small World, which is a locally run organization, has the experience and skills to execute relief efforts on the ground quickly, easily and safely for people in urgent need in remote communities. We feel that we have proven our expertise with our success in previous difficult challenges, deeply understand community needs, and are well prepared to make a big difference in this current crisis. Unfortunately, when disaster strikes, recovery efforts led by The Small World and Karma Sherpa, who lives and works in affected communities, are often taken for granted, and thus are largely overlooked and underfunded.


Seeds of Hope on Radio Program.


We are excited to announce that we are partnering this program with local Radio Himal FM and Khumbu FM, which has coverage of the entire area of eastern Nepal. This will be a ten-minute radio program to be broadcast for a month. Every day, we will talk about the Seeds of Hope program and share details about our mission and how we are taking action.

We plan to share the stories of women and mothers' groups who are participating in our program and focus on their stories and feelings in their own words. There will be interviews with local governments, including Mayors and Ward Presidents, to draw attention to much needed support for the agriculture sector during this pandemic.

We also will feature stories from children that will inspire other children to learn about farming and working with their mother on the farm, plus other stories which have never been shared before.

In this Seeds of Hope radio program, we will bring in agriculture experts to share their ideas and knowledge. Many local community members can directly contact these agriculture experts through this radio program and ask questions. Our goal is to reach over three million people in Province No. 1 with this important program!


The estimated budget per family is US$30; this includes more than ten seed varieties, the advice of agricultural experts, group formation or activation of existing support groups, media campaigns, and awareness programs. Our goal is to raised $30,000 reach directly one thousand (1000) women and their families, especially their children.

We believe there is a very good chance of success with far reaching impact, especially since our philosophy of providing opportunities to women and mothers is and always has been of prime importance; this is because their connections with family members and community are fundamentally the most active and energetic, and whose impact often reaches into neighboring communities.


Join Our Mission & Help The Small World by Pledging Your Support.

We need your support more than ever and our community need our support more than ever.

Thank you very much.
The Small World 

Receiving women relief support from Small World
Receiving women relief support from Small World
Foods relief support providing
Foods relief support providing


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We are very happy to welcome our newest member of Hope Family Phu Lhamu. She is 2.5 years old. She was born in solukhumbhu , in Everest region, in a family of porter. Her mother gave birth to 2 girls and 3 boys then she died while giving birth to last baby.

Phu Lhamu has 1 elder sister and 3  brothers. Her sister got married in the age of 15 and one (1) brother is adopted by a monastery, 1 brother is working for other people who is only 10 years old while 1 brother about 3.5 years went missing and found dead body in jungle probably attacked by wild animal.

Phu Lhamu is the youngest of all. After the death of her mother, her father married another young girl who is only 19 years old and she already gave birth to her own child. Among all of this Phulhamu was left without much care and attention. Local community members recommended Phulhamu to The Small World at Himalayan Hope Home program for support, while visiting by our team and local police she was found very vulnerable and we rescued 3 weeks ago and all hope girls family are very excited to welcome a cute sister.

Also we are very happy to share you that all our girls at Himalayan Hope home are safe, half of the senior gilrs are moved to Solukhumbu and juniour girls are here in hope safely with newly welcome one.

If you’re able, please make a donation to Nepal Emergency COVID-19 fund by The Small World. If you’re unable to donate at this time, there are many other ways you can support us!  You can advocate for us by sharing our mission with a family member or friend. Even a quick mention on your social media would mean the world to us.

Right now, we’re doing everything possible to keep safe the children we are supporting & provide services to our community . Your donation to this fund will help us to protect & feed nutritional foods over hundreds vulnerable children & Girls that we are taking care of everyday.  Your support will help us to prevent them from COVID-19 and provide them recreational & life skills activities.

In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible.


Stay safe and well,

Karma and Sonam Sherpa 


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Mary Christmas and happy New year from Our girls
Mary Christmas and happy New year from Our girls
Dear Small World's Community, Namaste ! 

Thank you very much for your generous donation on Giving Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Because of your generous support. Your support will help us to ensure continuing education for orphaned and vulnerable children; keep girls in school and college who would otherwise be at highest risk of trafficking, especially when staying out of school; empower local communities through locally sustainable development; and continue our working together with international volunteers & high school students, sharing culture, meals, and lasting friendships that result in deeper perspectives for a more enlightened global citizen.

We are very excited and looking forward to working together with you in 2020!  See our “Great News” below! Here are our projects:

This project will provide a consistent supply of safe drinking water and eliminate the need for children and mothers to travel to collect water.  Our aim is to bring safe drinking water to every family, send children to school, and give mothers the opportunity for other productive work. This project will benefit over 500 people daily. 

# SUPPORT FOR 100 CHILDREN at Friends of Arhaus Children Home
This project is to support orphans and vulnerable children adversely affected by the Nepal earthquake and who have no educational opportunity. Our aim is to keep children in school, protect their basic right to an education, and break the cycle of the many challenges that children face every day in the remote villages of Nepal, such as hunger, lack of education and health care, poverty, child labor, etc.

In the remote Everest region of Nepal, seven out of ten girls drop out of school after grade 10. Other than for reasons of poverty, the prevailing cultural view in Nepal favors sending boys to school and keeping the girls at home to take care of household chores. As a result, the literacy rate of women is just 23%. In 2020, we will be supporting 25 girls in our higher education project

# BUILDING SIX EARTHQUAKE RESISTANT CLASSROOMS in Salleri, benefiting over 300 children every year. 

We will also be completing construction of the Phuleli Community Health center with plans to operate by the end of 2020. This project will serve the local communities who otherwise have to travel eight (8) hours by road to the nearest hospital for basic treatments as well as child deliveries and health emergencies.

•Girls' Higher Education project in Solukhumbu supporting forty (40) girls 
•Himalayan Hope Home, supporting thirty-five (35) girls in Kathmandu. Hopefully, many of you met with our girls in Kathmandu and shared dinner and some beautiful dancing. Thank you so very much for your support and stopping by. The girls love meeting you all!

Until the end of 2019, our long term donor, Ruth Lightfoot-Dunn, will be matching 100% of ALL of your donations! Any donation you make will be matched! For example, If you make a donation of $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or more, she will match it! But the donation must be made by the end of 2019.  Our goal is to raise $50K at year end to realize all our important work in 2020. 

Help us unlock an additional $25K match!
Please consider sharing this link:  https://www.thesmallworld.org/matching on social media, and telling your friends and family about our project - or just bring us up in conversation. Help us spread the word about our work and continue to grow our community of supporters like you.

We at The Small World and all the children that you are supporting thank you again and again for your kindness and help that is creating a much better life for so many children. You are helping to create a better world for all of us! 

Thank you and Namaste !   

Karma Sherpa 
Executive Director & Co-Founder 
*The Small World*
Email: karma@thesmallworld.org 
The Small World Accomplishment in 2019 

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10 years ago Pema was among one of 1st group of the girl accepted for their higher education in Solukhumbhu Girls Dorm. She was strong willed and hardworking from the day one.  Out of 40 girls she became one of the school toppers. She was determined to become different person in many ways.


The Small World requires all the girls in our program to give a year of service as they finish their study. Pema  chose to help us to look after Hope Home. Since 2013 she has taken the responsibility of house In-charge for 36 girls and raised them. Her caring nature, friendliness and strong leadership made her a wonderful house in-charge.

During her work as In-charge of Hope Home she also continued her study and learned several languages as well completed mountain guide training. Recently she joined Masters Degree in Crisis Management realizing the need of proper management during any kind of crisis in Nepal.

After 5 complete years at Hope Home she is now training another girl Sujata  to be the House In-charge at Hope Home. Pema will be joining The Small World office and continue to work back in to the communities.

We are all so proud to have girls like Pema to unleash the leader in her and become a role model in the communities where girls are looked down upon.


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15 hope girls kicked off the Himalayan Trek after their final annual exam in April 2019. This was their first ever trek in their life. Hope girls commenced their trek from Sundarijal after an hour drive from Kathmandu. They walked every day 6/7 hours through beautiful Tamang village via Mulkharka, Chisapani , Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. This Kathmandu Rim valley trekking offered beautiful Himalayan views including Mt. Everest 8848m, Mt. Langtang Lirung 7246m, Mt. Ganesh Himal 7604m, Mt. Dorje Lakpa 6988m, Mt. Gauri shanker 7145m & Tibetan Himalayan range.  


During the trek, they accommodated at local tea house, they also interacted with local children and community members and interviewed with local about Tourism and trekking business in Nepal & local cultures. This was truly amazing trip and they felt blessing having the life changing experience. They also wrote their trek journal & we will keep on sharing more about their experience in another episode of our update.


Once again, we like to thanks to all  supporter for your generous  donation and sponsorship for their education. Our girls are very busy right now preparing for new academic year, getting admission,buying new school dress, books. 


Namaste ! and thank you very much.

Hope Girls 

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