My Hope for Immigrants and Refugees

$11,640 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 24 months
Elena K
for Refugees International
My Everest Hope for Immigrants and Refugees

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Living in a safe place with hopes and opportunities shouldn’t be a privilege, but rather a human right.

This spring, I am going to Mount Everest and helping raise awareness for a cause of many displaced individuals.

Throughout my career, my goal has always been to make the communities and the world more open, connected, and secure. As a technology executive, I work with amazing teams towards making this true for millions of customers, employees, and partners. While technology has indeed helped solve and alleviate many of today's challenges, every day we bear witness to inequalities, lack of hope and opportunities.

Being born or live in countries, such as the US, is often compared to "winning a lottery". It is the land of opportunities. After having been to over 70 countries and all 50 US states, I find the US to have the most open, welcoming, and inspiring people and culture I have seen. Anyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from, have a chance at their dream. I was a lucky lottery winner thanks to the amazing people in my life. I would like to help as many people as I can have a chance at their dreams and encourage others to do the same.  

Refugees International headquartered in Washington, D.C. advances the goals of open and peaceful world, crisis resolutions, and provides assistance through their missions to locations of displacement and advocacy work. For me personally, achieiving this challenge would mean ascending Mount Everest to the base camp and Khumbu Icefall, for up to 10 hours per day on steep to moderate grades. It isn't something that I have ever done before and am in general not a fan of heights or cold temperatures. But I hope this may inspire at least some of my friends.   

I am asking you to support this cause and help support the role, the mission, and "soft power" of the US around the world.

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Sherpas say in order to conquer the top of the world, one has to believe in something greater than themselves. They believe in Mountain Goddess Chomolungma, while other climbers are encouraged to decide for themselves.

Climbing to above 18.000ft #IntoThinAir was on the edge of my current physical abilities, but it opens a great new perspective and makes one grateful for everything we all have on #Earth.

Thank you so much to each of you for supporting this initiative. I am truly grateful.

Thank you to @RefugeesInternational for promoting an important cause reminding us that we are part of a human family and strengthening the soft power of the US domestically and globally. And thank you to my team and colleagues for their encouragement.

I am looking forward to more initiatives from other friends and colleagues to support global issues.

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First views of Mount Everest at 12.729'

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The first day of the expedition was spent in Kathmandu to adjust to the higher elevantion - the altitude is over 100 times greater than home. After an introduction to the Budhist culture, the UN World Heritage Budhist sites and temples, as well as to the local life in Nepal, we flew into Lukla. Lukla is known as one of scariest airports in the world, with a short runway inbetween mountains that ends with a brick wall. Now, we are heading further up towards Mt. Everest (seen in the background) through local villages and monasteries. Nepal has over 120 ethnic groups.
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Today Nancy Pelosi speaking at Refugees International said: "The world needs American leadership more than ever. US resettlement programs are the crown jewels of American diplomacy. We cant lock our doors. I happen to know that American people have more compassion".
Thank you very much all for taking part in this cause for the US soft power and diplomacy.
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$11,640 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 46 people in 24 months
Created March 16, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
Refugees International
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Mark Astaire
13 months ago

Great cause - great climb.

Marc Gee
21 months ago

Incredible effort! Well done, and for such a worthy cause.

21 months ago
21 months ago
Mike Fleming
21 months ago

Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment!

Mark Yarnell
22 months ago


Joanne Mackenzie
22 months ago

Good luck Elena!!

Navrina Singh-Kongelf
22 months ago

Way to go Elena ! You continue to inspire & amaze.

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