We are blessed to live in a such beautiful place as Washington, and to enjoy its prosperity as well.
Many people in other places are not as fortunate as we are; their lives lack the very basics we take for grant each and every day.
The first time I saw Mountain Rainier, I fell in love with it, and since then have often wondered if I would ever be able to climb it. My passion for hiking and climbing, as well as my desire to help others was all I needed when I learned about Asha.
In July of 2017, I will be joining a wonderful group of individuals through Team Asha, not only to fulfill my desire to climb Rainier, but also to support and raise funds for Asha, Seattle.
What is Asha?
Team Asha is a sports program organized by Asha for Education (Asha) that gives the chance to individuals of all ages to discover the magical benefits of physical activities like running and biking, including but not limited to an active and healthy lifestyle. All while helping raise funds for projects supported by Asha in India. The GRAVIS project which I am assisting is one such project supported by Asha and Mt. Baker Climb Program.
The GRAVIS project is one such project supported by Asha and the climbing program.
Here’s an independent evaluation of the Asha supported work done by GRAVIS since 2008: http://www.ashanet.org/projects-new/documents/925/GRAVIS-EvaluationReport-2015.pdf
Here’s a small excerpt about harsh mining conditions in the Rajasthan area also showing a little bit of the work done by GRAVIS in supporting healthcare for them: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/dusty-mining-conditions-trap-indian-workers-with-deadly-lung-disease/
You can also watch a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPrPDVLa49Q
How am I preparing for this?
I have combined my passions for hiking and climbing and I have dedicated every weekend until July 2017 to train for the climb. You can donate in one of the following ways:
- Click on the ‘Donate’ button on the webpage.
- Write a check addressed to ‘Asha For Education’. Please include ‘Team Asha Climb 2017– Sara Santos” in the memo.
- If you’re a Microsoft employee, you can donate by selecting “Asha for Education, Seattle Chapter” on the http://give page and adding a comment “Team Asha Climb 2017 : Sara Santos”
Please let me know when you donate so that I can track it.
Please note: Employer Matching: If you donate using this page and your employer matches the donations, please submit a match request to them and let me know as well.
My fund raising goal is $ 1,500. Please note that all my expenses like mountain climbing gear, travel,guide etc., are self-funded. 100% of the donations to Asha go directly to funding projects and are completely tax exempted.
Investment in knowledge pays the best interest, and I can definitely assure you that your investment will bring a positive change in someone’s life.
Thank you so much for your support,