The House of Prosperity
Announcing Nepal Women’s Safe House, Samridhi Ghar, near Makalu, the fifth highest peak in the world
UPDATE JANUARY 18: The $30,000 goal has been reached! We thank all that have contributed, but there’s more fundraising to be done to take this project into phase two. We will be writing up another blog soon with details. Thanks again!
UPDATE NOVEMBER 29: We’ve currently raised almost $21,000 towards our goal of $30,000 thanks to many generous donations. Please help us get there with a chance to double your money with a matching fund up to $15,000 currently in place- that means we need to raise only $5,000 more and we reach the goal. MAKE IT HAPPEN!
For nearly 30 years, Nepal has played a key role in the history and adventures at Mountain Madness, and we’ve been inspired by all that it holds for climbers, trekkers, and everyone with a sense of adventure. We’ve been honored to guide many of you there to personally experience the wonderful people and spectacular mountains. If you haven’t been to Nepal yet, perhaps you’ve always dreamed of visiting the vibrant culture and the world’s highest mountains, whether it be on the trek to Everest Basecamp or a climb of Mount Everest or Island Peak, we’re sure Nepal will capture your imagination and your heart!
Our investment in Nepal goes beyond guiding. We recognize that Nepal is also one of the poorest countries in the world, where women struggle for rights, equity, and safety. Violence against women is widespread, and women often have no safe space for support. This winter we are establishing a Safe House in eastern Nepal to provide shelter, counseling, legal support, and safety for women in this remote Himalayan region. Join us in making this dream a reality!
All photos by Deana Zabaldo
Safe House Project Overview
Samridhi Ghar (House of Prosperity), is a collaborative project between Mountain Madness, Changing Lives Nepal, and All The Sky Foundation to serve the women of Nepal. This team has a proven track record of successfully launching charitable programs with strong community support, and Mountain Madness Guide Deana Zabaldo will be bringing decades of regional expertise to establish the project. We have already begun working with the local hospital, police, and community, and we are on-track to open in early 2022. To do so, we need your support.
We graciously invite you to join us…
DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT — ALL DONATIONS WILL BE MATCHED UP TO $15,000 AND ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
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All donations are fully tax-deductible and will be matched up to $15,000 through a generous grant from All The Sky Foundation to ensure this program reaches the start-up goal of $30,000 and launches successfully!
Makalu Fundraiser Trek
Future plans include a Makalu Fundraising Trek. If you dream of returning to Nepal or visiting for the first time, Founding Sponsors and Supporters will have FIRST ACCESS to book our fundraising trek to Makalu Base Camp, including a visit to the Safe House to see your donation at work. Trekking in the Makalu Barun National Park will be sure to provide adventure and amazing views of this massive peak, shown here on the left from our Gokyo Lakes Trek. More details about this trip to come next year, but first, our initial fundraising goals must be achieved, enabling us to launch the project.
Samridhi Ghar, the new Women’s Safe House, will serve all of Sankhuwasabha District in Eastern Nepal, which includes Mount Makalu, the 5th highest peak in the world. First and foremost, the home will provide secure, temporary housing for victims of violence. Survivors will also be offered counseling for emotional trauma, support for medical and legal services, and transition support to live independently.
The Safe House will also promote heightened awareness throughout the local communities about women’s rights as well as the underlying causes of violence against women. In alignment with All The Sky’s mission, awareness programs will include reaching men as well as women in order to increase the overall understanding of gender-based violence with the intention of addressing the root causes.
We have tremendous local support and a grassroots team on the ground through Changing Lives Nepal to bring this project into being. The first year will include garnering support of local government, securing a building that can comfortably accommodate women in need, hiring and training a small professional staff, and creating community awareness of the safe house as resource for women. We plan to start admitting women to the home in 2022 as the project progresses. Long range goals include expanding staff training and mental health counseling, improving awareness programs, and securing long-term sustainable support through local government.
Violence against women is a profound human rights violation that denies women equality, security, and the right to enjoy fundamental freedoms. Its prevalence in Nepal is real, and the pleas for help largely unanswered. If you feel called to helping secure the safety of women in this region of Nepal, we encourage you to join us towards reaching the start-up goal of $30,000.