As you know, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal back in April, causing an avalanche to occur at Mount Everest, where we were stationed at base camp. Due to the damage and chaos caused by the earthquake, I had decided to cancel all of the Nepal-based expeditions and rededicate the 6 Summits team’s efforts to provide help in Kathmandu and the Gorkha region with Mission 14’s partner organizations Tiny Hands International, Shared Hope, and Catholic Relief Services.
Being in Nepal when the earthquakes hit in April was definitely an eye opening experience, one that strengthened my commitment, and motivated me more than ever, to fulfill Mission 14’s goal of raising global awareness to help fight human trafficking.
Traffickers prey on desperation and helplessness. April’s earthquake created plenty of both for the Nepalese people. Learning that someone could take advantage of another human being in such incredibly helpless circumstances like those in Nepal and wherever a natural disaster strikes, made it abundantly clear that the 6 Summits Challenge should move forward and we must do whatever we can to raise the public’s awareness of the heightened dangers affecting the disadvantaged and displaced children and families of Nepal.
Because of this, I will continue the expeditions in order to complete the 6 Summits Challenge to raise awareness of the horrors of human trafficking. This summer, I will summit Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I, and Gasherbrum II.
I will be sharing my thoughts along the first leg of this continuing journey by posting journal entries and pictures here. Join me on this mission, learn more, and together we can put an end to human trafficking.