Global Inclusive Adventure Organization (GIA), is the registered non-profit organization founded by the members of the Seven Summits Women Team.
In late 2014, GIA started training a young group of female who were survivors of sex trafficking. The women were trafficked to India in their early teens and even as young as 12. The series of their epic battle continued from one horror to another: running away, finding a way back to Nepal, being accepted, the emotional-physical-social recovery, legal battles, recovery of confidence and self-esteem. After fording such major challenges at a very young age, they were stuck in low paying jobs that did not promise any career or growth. Their social standing did not offer them dignity or power. All of this was because, in addition to their struggle they did not have necessary job skills and lacked formal education. Hence, GIA started the program with a vision of providing a dignified, empowered and economically prosperous life to these young unsung heroes through the outdoor industry.
GIA provided outdoor training, language lessons, motivational sessions, therapeutic meditation, monthly stipend, support for license certification programs and academic education. Instead of providing a short term quick training, GIA took the trainees under its wings and provided them holistic support for a long term so that their lives could be truly changed. Three of our survivor sisters are now certified trekking guides. Our break-out star, who used to make less than $100 a month previously now makes more than double that amount in less than a week. Here is their testimonial,
Miss TK: ‘I was physically weak, financially not stable and the society looked at me with pity or disgrace. Today my life has completely transformed. I guide western clients on Himalayan peaks. I make more money than anyone around me can imagine. And young girls in my village tell me they want to be like me. I have found strength, financial freedom and true dignity. Because of the Seven Summits sisters I saw a path and I’m here today. It is now time for me to show the path to my other survivor sisters.”
Miss US: ‘The outdoor training healed me and showed me a path of strength, determination and opportunities. Today I know that life is open for me, my life is my choice. I am not afraid to choose a path.’
Miss SG: ‘Nothing has been easy for me. The earlier struggle was tough but I kept fighting till the end. The trekking industry is also not easy, it needs a lot of hard work, and patience. But this is where I see my future. I am at a much better place already, I will keep working hard to make it even better. I now understand what is empowerment and I see myself very close to it.’
Based on the success of the pilot training, GIA is now preparing to train another batch of young survivors and vulnerable women. GIA is currently raising funds for a one year program that will provide 20 trainees with all-round holistic training including a monthly stipend so that they can completely focus on the program. There will be 100% job placement for all successful trainees. For support or more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org