I am planning on climbing Everest next year as a way to bring attention and awareness to the plight of neglected and marginalized children in Nepal. Each year Everest expeditions walk right by the schools and huts where many of our children live but almost never stop to learn about the challenges of their lives. The climbers pay upward of $100,000 for this trip but rarely, if ever, care much about the desperate plight of the girls they pass along the way.
My goal is to raise sufficient money to support the dreams of higher education of dozens of our most promising girls, fulfilling their dreams to become doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, and perhaps even mountain guides. To raise money for Empower Nepali Girls Foundation (www.EmpowerNepaliGirls.org), every foot of the climb counts as a donation.
When I heard about the plight of Nepali girls from Dr. Jeffery Kottler, the founder of the Empower Nepali Girls organization, it broke my heart. The girls don’t get a chance to have an education and often they are subject to abuse, neglect, starvation, and perhaps worst of all, a live an a sex slave. I feel an overwhelming responsibility to support them and hope this Everest mission will actually double their current financial resources.
The first mountain I climbed was Mount Whitney, the highest peak in North America. My climbing group canceled so I decided to do it by myself in winter with 5 feet of snow. It was an amazing experience and while I slept alone on the mountain without a tent, I learned so many life lessons. As I climbed more peaks in Washington state and South American countries such as Ecuador and Argentina, my love for mountain climbing grew and I also saw how I could combine my passion for climbing with saving Nepali girls.
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