Edge of Faith March 2017 - Page 32

Right. Wow, that is pretty sad. Your experience on the mountain sounds like a movie. I am sure it is an adventure now, but it must have been extremely frightening at the time?

Yeah, I am hoping to make a movie out of my book.

That would be wonderful, and perhaps we haven’t mentioned your book yet. It’s "Follow

My Footsteps".

Yes, it was published recently.

Right, so now, how are the girls doing now that it has been a year? Do they have a school again, or are they still working on that?

Well, yes, they are going to school. They started building back everything. Our girls — we have three hundred girls in fourteen different villages — we kind of made sure that they have a shelter and we are working on their homes and schools and everything. But, there are so many people out there that are still living inside a tent, and they don’t have their houses.The past year and a half after the earthquake has been just fundraising and trying to build back and help them. That is one of the reasons that I wrote the book. All of the profits from the book go to Empower Nepali Girls and for the girls’ education. I wanted to share my story with everybody in the world — what I’ve been through. Since I have never been a mountain climber, I just had to train myself to climb many mountains all over the world to get ready for Everest. The story is — my message is push yourself beyond your comfort zone and anything is possible. I wanted to inspire people, especially our own girls. Some of these girls, they haven’t met a woman mountain climber or a woman engineer .I wanted to be their role model. I wanted them to look up to me and see the possibilities out there and see that they do not have to get married by twelve and have two kids by fifteen. There are so many other things that they can do. That was really my motivation to push myself — a person who didn’t have an experience in camping. I had never slept in a sleeping bag before training for Everest. This was just my way of inspiring them and helping them to see new possibilities for themselves. I wrote the book recently, it was recently published to help inspire so many other girls all over the world. Not just girls, everybody. Since this is to help raise funds and awareness for Empower Nepali Girls, it is a dedication to them.

they haven’t met a woman mountain climber or a woman engineer.I wanted to be their role model. I wanted them to look up to me and see the possibilities out there and see that they do not have to get married by twelve and have two kids by fifteen.There are so many other things that they can do. That was really my motivation to push Myself — a person who didn’t have any experience in camping. I had never slept in a sleeping bag beforeTraining for Everest. This was just my way of inspiring them and helping them to see new possibilities for themselves. I wrote the book recently, it was recently published to help inspire so many other girls all over the world. Not just girls, everybody. Since this is to help raise funds and awareness for Empower Nepali Girls,It is a dedication to them.

That is wonderful.It is also wonderful that you are willing to help them and that they have you in their corner.So, the next question, do you plan on trying to climb again?

Well, I didn’t summit Everest, but I summited A taller mountain, which was the mountain of bringing education for the girls in Nepal. I feel like that was my mission, and I accomplished that. But, climbing in general and any other mountains — I love nature. I always get to learn more about myself and reflect on my own life every time I am in nature. Of course, I am going to go back to climbing. I enjoying being in nature, being out there,Pushing myself out of my comfort zone, and challenging myself.

Fantastic. Well, I just wanted to thank you again for coming on and sharing your experiences. It is something to hear. I hope that your book does very well, one again, “Follow My Footsteps” and that it does inspire others to not be afraid to do something to help the situation around the world.

Thank you. And also, the book is available on Amazon, the eBook is available on Amazon and all the profits go to Empower Nepali Girls.

Wonderful, well thank you so much.

Thank you! Thanks a lot.