March 17 – April 1
This Nepalese heritage tour may be divided into two separate weeks--one week offering a self-empowerment workshop and the other week offering a spiritual trek to Himalaya—or they may be enjoyed together.
First Week: March 17 – 24: Traveling with a Purpose
Second Week: March 24 – April 1: Spiritual Trek
Background on LOCWOM and Nasreen Sheikh
LOCWOM, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering women, was founded by Nasreen Sheikh to help other women avoid the situation she faced as a child and adolescent. Born and raised in a small village in Nepal, Nasreen was destined for a life of forced marriage and oppression. She escaped her village and found work in Kathmandu as a child laborer, working 12 to 15 hours a day for a large textile sweatshop receiving less than $2 per day. She ate, slept and toiled in her tiny workstation.
When she was 16, she started Local Women’s Handicrafts, a fair trade business in Kathmandu, to provide skills development and viable employment opportunities, education and health care for women and to build learning centers in underserved communities.
Today, Nasreen is a social entrepreneur managing the thriving Local Women’s Handicrafts, as well as LOCWOM, a nonprofit organization based in the United States which was created as an advisory and financial resources for her work in Nepal. Her story has been captured by publications including Forbes, Cosmopolitan and Amnesty International and she has shared her experience in talks around the world, including a TED Talk.
LOCWOM is hosting two travel opportunities for women to experience the wonders of Nepal while learning more about the work of Local Women’s Handicrafts and contributing to its efforts to make a difference in women’s lives. The journey will also give participants an opportunity to discover or advance their own purpose and meaning in life.
This seven-day cultural experience includes the famous Holi Color Festival, a Hindu spring festival which originated in India but is now celebrated around the world to signify the victory of good over evil, the end of winter and the arrival of spring, and to give thanks for a good harvest. In addition, travelers will visit heritage sites in Kathmandu and participate in a revelatory self-empowerment workshop.
To maintain an intimate experience, participation will be limited to 20 travelers. You are invited to join Nasreen on this transformational journey.