Edge of Faith March 2017 - Page 30

Sarah, Thank you so much for coming on the show and talking with us again. I know I interviewed you, I guess it was last year, just before you decided to go to Mount Everest. But before we get ahead of ourselves, you could just start by telling the audience a little bit about what it is you do and about empowering the Nepali girls mission and a little bit of that stuff.

Sounds good. First of all, thank you for giving me this opportunity to talk with you. I learned about Empower Nepali Girls. After a few weeks that I started training for Everest and I decided to quit, because, first, when I decided to climb Everest I was really excited and I kind of had started climbing mountains in South America that I wasn’t very prepared for and I decided to quit. The day that I decided to quit mountain climbing and forget about Everest, I met the founder of Empower Nepali Girls and I learned about the girls in Nepal who become victims of human trafficking or forced to get married at a very young age. When I heard about the stories of men that believe — In northern India — men who are entirely positive that if they sleep with a virgin girl, their HIV gets treated and they get well, so they buy the girls at a very low price. [The girls] get diseases and even if they survive and come back to their villages, They can never have a regular life. I hear about this and I was so moved and touched that I had to do something for them. So, I decided again to train for Everest. But, this time, not just for myself and personal achievement, but for the girls — to provide education for them. I promised them that I would raise a dollar per foot of any mountain I climbed in preparation for Everest. And Everest, for example, Everest is twenty-nine thousand feet, twenty-nine thousand dollars. This goes a long way in Nepal. This money provides for two hundred girls to go to school one whole year.

If my number is correct, it takes a hundred and fifty dollars a month to get a child through high school, is that what it was?

It changed to a 170 this year. It costs $175.

Right, that is still not much to actually change a woman’s life, right?

Exactly.

So, you became aware of the Nepali girls, then you decided you were going to climb Mount Everest, both to raise money and to bring more awareness to empower Nepali Girls. Maybe you could tell us a little