Celebrating the creativity and dedication of our supporters.
Whether they are hosting cocktail receptions in a New York City apartment or a fundraising pasta dinner in a middle school gym; whether they are golfing for good, running half marathons, or purchasing handmade items from The Mabinti Centre, our supporters astound us.
This month, we are so excited to watch our new friend, Sara Safari, climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for women living with and recovering from obstetric fistula in Tanzania. Her goal is to raise $19,000, $1 for each foot of Kilimanjaro’s elevation.
An inspirational journey
Sara is an author, engineer, professor, mountaineer, TedEx speaker, recipient of the 2015 Global Citizen Award from the United Nations, and advocate for the empowerment of women and girls.
In 2015, Sara was climbing Mt. Everest to raise funds to empower Nepali girls who were trafficked or forced into marriage. On day 25 of Sara’s climb, Nepal was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Sara survived the quake and the devastating avalanche that followed while clinging to the edge of the treacherous Khumbu Icefall by her harness and anchor.
Today, Sara continues working, and climbing, to empower women and girls. She aims to climb the highest mountains on every continent (The Seven Summits) to raise funds for seven charities working for women’s empowerment. When she completes her climbs in July 2018, she will be the first Iranian in history to conquer The Seven Summits.
Conquering Mt. Kilimanjaro
Kupona Foundation is honored to be Sara’s charity of choice on the African continent as she summits Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, this week.
“Women living with obstetric fistula are often denied the opportunity to live to their fullest potential. Many are cast aside by family members and neighbors, and confined to their homes to avoid the stigma and shame associated with this debilitating childbirth injury. They cannot work, attend community functions, and are often susceptible to infections and disease. I climb on behalf of all women who don’t have the opportunity to live fully self-expressed lives around the world.” Sara Safari
Thanks to Sara’s incredible commitment, and the contributions of her supporters, we will be able to reach more women living with fistula, supporting their comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation, and their reintegration to their community as they rebuild their lives. The road to recovery is not an easy one, but like Sara’s climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, their destination is within reach.
We’re excited to conquer fistula together, returning hope, health and empowerment for women in Tanzania.