"My Goal is to raise one dollar per foot OF ELEVATION THAT I Climb."
I'm pushing myself far beyond what I believed was possible in order to create awareness and raise funds for organizations, worldwide, that empower women.
Empower Nepali Girls Foundation supports and empowers neglected, marginalized, and at-risk girls and young women in Nepal, especially those who at greatest risk of being forced into early marriage, sold into sex slavery, or abandoned as orphans.
They provide scholarships, mentoring, career guidance, and subsistence for children who would not have the opportunity to attend school and pursue future careers in medicine, engineering, business, teaching, and other professions.
I have served with their international team of volunteers, met the students, and seen the impact the program has had on the lives of its participants. That is why I'm committed to supporting the scholarship recipients they serve.
I have have also built strong connections with the Nepali girls. They are smart, creative, driven, and courageous and I love seeing them prosper despite their situations. I am proud of the Empower Nepali Girls Foundation and I'm grateful to be a part of it.
I’m summiting Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for the Kupona Foundation, to provide the basic medical treatments for women living with, and recovering from, obstetric fistula in Tanzania. The women they treat go from being outcasts in society to living normal lives with the help of a simple procedure. Without the help of this organization, these women would not have access to this medical service.
Since 2009, the Kupona Foundation has raised over $3 million to support treatment, training, capital projects and organizational development for the health care organization called Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CCBRT). They connect CCBRT with technical support to fill critical resourcing gaps on the ground, while supporting efforts to strengthen healthcare systems in Tanzania and further afield.
I have met some of these women and they are strong and hopeful women that inspire me beyond words. I was able to witness the success that the medical treatment has on these women, giving them their confidence back by providing them with the opportunity to heal, learn, and grow.
The OMID Foundation is committed to strengthening the social, emotional and economic opportunities of disadvantaged young women in Iran, through a two and a half year residency program.
They provide them with a sense of self worth and opportunities in three key areas: self-empowerment, education and training.
Through a holistic approach, they help these young women learn to be treated with respect, dignity and kindness. The women leave the program feeling proud, strong and able to live their lives confidently within their society.
I had the privilege to visit the Omid Foundation in Tehran, and was inspired by the amazing and powerful girls I met there.