Subsistence farming is a rough way to live. Families often fall prey to men promising to make their daughters nannies in other countries. Those girls are instead often taken into the sex trade. PHOTO COURTESY TSERING’S FUND

Helping young ladies thrive

Documentary shows how locals help girls in Nepal

Poverty, gender discrimination and limited access to education often equals a tough road for many Nepali girls.

“It’s so hard for a girl. It’s not safe to work in a field, collect water, go to school,” one of the girls rescued from human trafficking told Bozeman cinematographer Wes Overvold in the recently released documentary “Namaste Ramila”.

Filmed in rural Nepal, the 13-minute documentary shows how the local nonprofit Tsering’s Fund helps Nepali girls dodge sex trafficking or early arranged marriage with local sponsorship and access to education.

Many Big Sky locals have sponsored Tsering’s Fund girls for years.

“This film will show you in a very personal way what an impact sponsoring a young deserving girl has,” Peter Schmieding, one of the organization founders wrote on Facebook. “All the children in the film are sponsored by Tsering's Fund and all the dialogue was theirs script!”

The moving documentary can be viewed at

Anyone interested in learning more or sponsoring a young girl can contact Schmieding at

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