Just before Christmas in 2016, a friend handed me a book. He scribbled on its cover,
"Do one thing that scares you next year."
That challenge hit home. I was always one to choose the easier path, but soon, I found myself backpacking alone through Nepal, heading for the renowned Mt. Everest Base Camp in search of purpose and meaning.
On that winding trail, I stumbled upon a different reality. Young boys and girls, out of school and struggling in jobs that hardly paid.
Then, there was Madan, a 16-year-old porter. He shared that not too long ago, he walked 3 to 4 hours every day to get to school, filled with dreams. Now, he had to work just to get by.
At the start, the path was unclear, but a calling had found me. I felt a strong need to make a difference, to merge my passion for entrepreneurship and love for education to lift those at the very bottom.
Today, with unwavering support from hundreds like yourself, we've made strides, funding dozens of classroom projects, and in 2023 placing a special focus on girls' education in Nepal.
But we're just getting started.
The world is brimming with potential, and we invite you to join us. Together, we can break down barriers to learning, one book at a time.