“HITAISHI”, derived from the Nepali word meaning ‘best friend’ is a rural-urban intercultural exchange project which intends to develop skills and knowledge and empowers girls to develop their unique talents and abilities, through traveling in diverse community settings across Nepal. This program focuses on changing the perception of the people to see the real value of travel and providing philanthropic understanding and the feeling of empowerment in many underprivileged and marginalized communities in rural settings.
The specific objectives of the project are as follows:
- To empower both urban and rural girls through leadership training, storytelling and legal rights training,
- To create a safe and supportive environment for adolescent girls by mentorship and community programs including travel to different regions in Nepal,
- To create a bond between the girls of urban and rural communities that will help to identify different cultures and lifestyles that bring to share new skills and ideas among each other to grow together for equality.