Journey from Everest to Earthquake Recovery
A team of Nepali women got together to climb Mt Everest in the year 2007. In May 2008, despite various socio-economic challenges ‘First Inclusive Women Sagarmatha Expedition 2008 Spring’, became the most successful women’s expedition to ever summit Mt Everest. Memebers from the expedition team founded the non-profit, non-governmental organization Global Inclusive Adventure Organization (GIA) in the year 2008 with a vision of Education, Empowerment, Environment & Tourism Promotion.
GIA set out in it’s flagship mission ‘Seven Summits Women Team’ in the year 2009. In December 2014, the mission became the first female team in the world to climb the highest peak in each continent. Following its mission, the team continued to inspire thousands of students and empower hundreds of women through various activities across the world.
In November 2014, GIA started training young female survivors of trafficking in the outdoors in order to empower them. The long term goal is to provide them employment in the trekking industry.
Following the devastating 2015 Nepal Earthquake the team has been actively involved in recovery work. GIA’s Project B focuses on eight schools in Sindhupalchok district with a vision to turn them into world class education centers by 2025.
Details of GIA
Global Inclusive Adventure Organization (GIA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization started by the team with Govt Regd No 259/2065/066 and SWC Regd no 25874/2065/066.
Current GIA executive committee:
President: Pujan Acharya
First Vice-President: Maya Gurung
Second Vice-President: Asha Kumari Singh
General Secretary: Shailee Basnet
Secretary: Pema Diki Sherpa
Treasurer: Chunu Shrestha
Patron: Bojana Novakovic
Program Manager: Kushal Harjani
Finance Officer: Sandesh Dhakal
Field Staff: Devraj Gurung