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Courageous Girls is a nonprofit dedicated to healing and empowering sexually abused girls through physical endurance, trauma healing and mindfulness meditation. The mission of Courageous Girls’ is guiding a select group of young women survivors on a trek to base camp Mount Everest, where they’ll be inspired to live their lives to their fullest potential.<p align=justify>Courageous Girls founder Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a sexual abuse survivor from Peru. The early abuse destroyed her trust, her confidence and her childhood. In 2005, as a young woman in her 30’s, she began mountain climbing and caught a glimpse of a new kind of freedom. While climbing Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina in Dec, 2013 Silvia had a revelation – if climbing could heal her, it could help heal others. And Courageous Girls was born.

We successfully guided our first group of Nepali survivors to base camp Everest in November of 2015. Now we are training with our second group – this time survivors from the United States who are part of the Young Women’s Freedom Center. We’ll be physically preparing them for the rigors of the climb as well as providing them with iRest Trauma healing and Mindfulness meditation.

But we need your help. We need to raise $35,000 to

  • Outfit the girls with proper training and climbing gear.
  • Reserve flights to Nepal for our 8 young survivors.
  • Pay for mountaineering guides and sherpas.
  • Pay for the permit of trekking in Base Camp Everest.
  • Cover all the food for the girls.
  • Book all lodging.
  • And more.

    Please consider your generous support. With your help, we will support these young women to the wonderful lives they deserve. Donations and contributions are tax-deductible (US only).

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