The mountains for the Himalayas present a glaring contrast. The beautiful, snow covered peaks of the Himalayas provide some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. However, these same mountains create one of the harshest living environments on the planet. The difficulties of living and farming on this land present enormous obstacles for those living in these areas.
1,500 miles long by 250 miles wide, the Himalayas are crossed by only three motorable roads, leaving millions cut off from modern progress and technology. The vast majority of remote village tribes live a 7 to 20 day walk from the nearest road. Few crops grow in the cold, high altitudes, and stony soil of the Himalayas, and those that do, take twice as long to reach harvest stage. Incessant rains, landslides, and antiquated farming techniques result in a severe crop loss of up to 40%. Insects and rodents contribute to further crop damage. Through the MountainChild School of Frontier Training, a new generation of indigenous mountain people is being trained with improved farming techniques. We are investing in sustainable agricultural solutions, empowering local communities with the tools for unequivocal advancements in progress.
Most people who live in the villages that we work with are subsistence farmers. Most of their time and energy is spent trying to grow enough food to feed their family. The terrain in which they live makes this a very difficult task. MountainChild is working to address this issue by educating villagers on improved and sustainable agricultural solutions. Through agricultural training, MountainChild seeks to empower local villagers with the tools necessary to better provide for their families.
Through our agricultural training center, MountainChild is raising up a generation of young villagers with the knowledge and skill set necessary to bring improved solutions to their own villages and beyond. As locals receive this training, they learn about farming, irrigation, and more and are empowered to bring lasting change to their villages.