[Note: We've just moved this campaign over from Generosity.com to GoFundMe.com]
Meet Pratima Sherpa:
(Photo Credit: Vladimir Weinstein)
Pratima is 18 years old. She lives (and was born) in a shed on the 4th hole of Royal Nepal Golf Club. And she is the #1 Female Golfer in Nepal.
My team and I were introduced to Pratima in Kathmandu, Nepal in May of 2016, while I was writing a LINKS Magazine article on golf in Nepal. I was with my photographer, Vladimir Weinstein, and producer Miles Ashton. All the members that we met said the same thing, “You need to meet Pratima.” We did. And I’m so glad we did. I caddied for Pratima as she played at Royal Nepal Golf Club, and did interviews with her over several days. We visited her family in their shed. Petted her dogs. Helped wrangle her goats. Watched Pratima compete in the Pepsi Open at Royal Nepal (of the nine tournaments in which Pratima has competed this year, she has won seven). I wrote a feature article on Pratima for Golf Digest's November 2016 Issue, which can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/NepalGD
Pratima's parents work on the golf course at Royal Nepal. The shed that they live in is not theirs. Each day, Pratima works towards her dream: to become the first ever female golf professional in Nepal. And we want to help.
Here’s what we’re going to do:
The donations that we receive in this initial GoFundMe campaign will go to a Team Pratima Fund –– overseen by myself, Miles, Vladimir, Pratima's host-mother from this past summer Tanya Smith-Montano, and Pratima's host-sister Sophia Montano –– with one goal: Help Pratima become the first ever female golf professional in Nepal. This initial fundraising drive will support the following items:
-Gym membership for strength training
-Tournament Entry Fees
-Travel to tournaments outside Kathmandu
-Data Plan for N-Cell (Nepal’s cellphone service, for Pratima’s phone).
-Water purifying Steripen (to purify tap water at Royal Nepal Golf Club).
This is the start.
If Pratima succeeds in her dream, and becomes Nepal's first ever female golf professional, she will inspire young girls throughout Nepal.
Please join Team Pratima. Let's help make her dream come true.