Batase Village in Nepal is where a lot of the FHC work is undertaken, this includes Batase School and Batase Hostel. There’s lots of friendly faces you will see if you visit. Lots of people who have benefited and contribute to the ongoing success and activities of the FHC. We’ll introduce you to some of them, below.
Dinesh is Som’s younger brother and now manages most of Take On Nepal’s affairs on the ground in Nepal. With Som’s help, he finished Grade 10 in Talamarang, his senior schooling in Kathmandu and then a two-year course in Tourism, also in Kathmandu. When Som established Take On Nepal, Dinesh was able to gain practical experience and on-the-job training in all aspects of the business, working for the company in ways that suited his study schedule. He has exceptional aptitude for his diverse roles in the company and is greatly appreciated by clients for his professionalism, competence and people skills. Professional connections that he has made along the way include the famous US mountaineer, Konrad Anker, who arranged mountaineering training for Dinesh in February 2019 and a place on a support team for an Everest summit shortly afterwards. Dinesh, inspired and inspiring, is a wonderful asset to Take On Nepal!
Bimmaya was still at school when she successfully applied to Take On Nepal for a chance to train as a trekking guide. Her first trek, as a guide-in-training, was with the Women’s Everest Base Camp Trek in September 2018, when she proved herself capable and well-suited to the work. Previously, Bimmaya had shown exceptional talent as a long-distance runner, in the Run for Recovery events organised to lift morale and bring hope to young people in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake. To further encourage Bimmaya, Som found sponsorship for her to compete in the Tenzing Hilary Everest Marathon in May 2017 – a 42km run from Everest Base Camp to Namche, which Bimmaya completed in around five hours. She is an inspirational young woman and a valuable role model for others. She is delighted to work for Take On Nepal as a guide on various trails in the Himalayas and the Langtang Ranges.
Tokmaya is one of a team of local women who cook for the hostel children. Her daily routine involves rising early and cutting grass to feed the buffalo, milking the buffalo, preparing a breakfast of chapati, beaten rice and milk tea for the children, helping with farmwork, catering for volunteers and visitors and checking on their amenities, preparing dinner for the 46 hostel residents. This is a new direction in life for Tokmaya. She had married at 21 and moved away from Batase to live with her husband’s family in a village 2 hours’ walk away. The marriage produced two wonderful children, but was very unhappy for Tokmaya. She endured years of domestic violence, before finally fleeing with her children to Kathmandu. Som supported her while she hid, even from her own family, for three years. When her husband had re-married and it was deemed safe, she and her children moved back to Batase, her home village. Now she is paid by Take On Nepal to look after the Volunteers quarters and cook for volunteers and visitors. Depending on numbers, many meals can be shared with the hostel children; if volunteer numbers are high, other available TON staff can cook for them. All who visit Batase, take away a lasting memory of Tokmaya’s warm welcome and kind hospitality.
You can visit and volunteer at Batase Village, with Take on Nepal. Som and Susan have developed a 14 day program, which is open to people of all ages and interests. You don’t need to have a specific skill set to participate, just a willingness to assist with various jobs around the village. Traditionally, it’s a two-week itinerary with placement in Batase Village, which is located in the Lower Himalayas. While in the village, you’ll assist with various jobs each day, such as helping at the local school, cooking meals for some of the orphans housed in the village and/or assisting the hostel children with homework. You would never be expected to perform any work you felt you were unsuited to, and you could expect a wide variety of tasks to be presented to you, working alongside villagers as they go about their daily lives. Our Nepal Village Volunteering program is tailored to groups and individuals. For more information on this once in a lifetime experience, please visit the Take on Nepal website.
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