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The Mission of Education Elevated
Our mission is to support and promote education and to eliminate economic barriers in primary and secondary schools in needy communities throughout the world. Education Elevated achieves this through hiking and climbing teams who raise financial support for every foot of elevation they climb. Education Elevated is a 501(c)3 tax exempt Colorado corporation.
Improving Education through Trekking in Nepal
The first school to benefit from funds raised by Education Elevated was the primary school in the Chyangba Village which is in the Everest Region Solukhumbu District. The month-long trek began at Lukla Airport and ended in the Chyangba Village where the team met the children, their parents and teachers and the team experienced the exhilarating joy of meeting those whose lives were changed through the efforts of their trekking in Nepal.
The possibilities of what can be accomplished through Education Elevated will not stop with this Nepalese school. Any country where there are mountains to ascend trekking and climbing teams can raise money for schools in that country. The number of lives that can be touched and changed with Education Elevated is just mind staggering!
Gerri Kier met Pem and Moni Sherpa on a Rotary hiking day in July of 2006. As the three hiked around Cotton Wood Pass outside of Buena Vista Colorado for the day Pem suggested that Gerri take on the challenge of trekking in Nepal by hiking to Everest Base Camp. After much prayer and consideration the wheels started to turn and the trek trip to Everest Base Camp was on the schedule for May of 2008.
As Pem and Gerri talked more about the trek a decision was made that there was to be a fundraising opportunity connected with the event which would help Nepalese schools and Education Elevated came to be. The concept behind the name, Education Elevated, is for each trekker to raise funds for every vertical foot of elevation gained through individual sponsors. These funds would be dedicated to improving education in Nepal or for a school in the country where they complete their trek.
״DREAM NO SMALL DREAMS FOR THEY HAVE NO POWER TO MOVE THE HEARTS OF MEN."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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