"What would you do if you weren't afraid?"
For the first time, I wondered.
It was on the eve of 2016 Christmas when a friend gave me a book. On the cover, he scribbled "do one thing that scares you next year."
That challenge became personal. As someone who always avoided taking the tougher road, I soon find myself on a solo trek through Nepal, to Mt. Everest Base Camp in search of meaning.
What I found instead were young boys and girls, already out of school working in backbreaking jobs with little to no pay. Then I met Madan, a 16-year old porter who told me he used to walk 3-4 hours every day to school. Now, he have to work.
It wasn't clear at the start, but I knew there was a need I wanted to fill. To find ways where I can tap on my business acumen and passion for education to serve the people at the bottom of the pyramid.
Today, hundreds of supporters and readers like you have enabled us to fund dozens of classroom projects serving thousands of students.
But we've barely scratched the surface.
The world is waiting — and we invite you to join us in our mission to break down the barriers to learning for all, one book at a time.
(Everest Base Camp, December 2017)