I moved to PNW in 2018, and hiking came naturally as a way to step outdoors and meet new people! Been hiking recreationally for a while, this is my first year where I am taking it up a notch and attempting to summit a big mountain.
I am climbing Mount Baker this year and I am doing it in partnership with the non-profit organization Asha. As a part of the program, I have been going out on training hikes every weekend since Feb 2022. Snow skills, packing and using gear, nutrition and a lot of other minute things play a vital role in training for summits. Asha volunteers have been helping me learn all of it.
Together, we are raising money to support educating underprivileged children in India. Any donations towards the cause will go a long way in terms of supporting the kids and motivating us to push ourselves to do this.
Please help support the cause.
I would like to clarify that the funds being raised here are not financing my climb in any way. I have provided the finances for the gear and guide services for those myself. All the funds raised will be exclusively used for Asha for Education projects.
Why Asha for Education
Asha is a “minimal overhead” organization, driven by volunteers (including the administrative expenses) ensuring that more than 95% of your donations are sent to our partner groups in India. Asha for Education has consistently secured a 100% rating on Charity Navigator, a well-established database that evaluates non-profit organizations on the basis of transparency, accountability, and financial parameters. Please visit https://ashanet.org/projects-list/?status=1&chapter=29 to know about initiatives the Asha Seattle chapter supports, to groups trying to improve the state of education in rural and economically backward areas in India.
I am asking you to make whatever contribution you think is appropriate. Any amount no matter how small helps to provide a brighter future for someone in need. All donations are tax-deductible, and the organization is registered with many corporate employers for donation matching programs. With your donation, please add the following comment – “Team Asha Climber 2022 Tejal Raut”. Thank you so much for your support!