The story of Three Sisters Trekking Adventures in Nepal and their efforts to empower women to be alleviate poverty in rural communities
The mountains of Colorado are what I refer to as my playground. Rock climbing, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, white water rafting are all activities open and free to men and women to explore and participate in however much they like, and believe me I take full advantage.
But even more so, living in America, doors are open to both men and women to pursue careers, have an education, have their own thoughts and ideas, and live life as they wish. Again, I take full advantage of this. A film maker, college professor, and passionate storyteller I have dedicated my career to learning from the life stories of others, and recently I have been learning the story of Empowering Women of Nepal - Three Sisters Trekking Adventures. This organization empowers women and trains them to be professional mountain guides in Nepal. The intention is to break social barriers and create sustainability in rural communities.
The following is an excerpt from Empowering Women of Nepal:
Women slave in their households and fields day after day, carrying crippling loads, and holding the burdens of society silently on their backs. They do their work thanklessly and without pay. Although the law states that Nepali men and women receive equal rights... in practice this is not the case. The future for the rural woman of Nepal is far from bright and promising. The majority of these overworked women are uneducated and under privileged. They sorely lack self-confidence and due to the attitude of the prevailing cultural society do not consider themselves on par with men. They carry the weight of the caste system, the pressure of the dowry system, and the guilt of being a burden to their family. In too many cases these women may be victims of both physical and mental abuse. Many women are bound to lives that are detrimental to their well being and that of their children, perpetuating a cycle of ignorance and dependence. Deprived of an education and discriminated against in the job market, the rural woman has little choice but to work in the fields. Her future options are bleak
It is my intention as a filmmaker to bring communities together through documentary film and to shed light on the unseen places in our world. I'm going to Nepal in May to give the sisters of this organization the opportunity to tell their own story, have a voice for their efforts, and allow them to connect with an audience they may not otherwise have a chance to pursue. This film is to educate viewers on the mountains of social barriers these women are tackling and the hope of a future where the women of Nepal are equal. Throughout this journey I want to understand the situations, the efforts put forth, and the actions we can take here to further their organization.
I believe that we must work together to create change so therefore I cannot produce this film alone. I am asking you to partner with me on this journey. Together we can come alongside the sisters of Nepal to support them and learn from them.
Your contributions will make this vision a reality for our strong sisters in Asia. Although I have big ideas for this production, I am in need of the necessary equipment that will allow me to capture their story while trekking for 30 days. The travel expenses are my own, but with your help I will be able to purchase the camera and audio equipment for the trip. In addition, your contributions will also go towards the post production and marketing efforts of this film.
Along with shooting the documentary I will shoot and post video blogs of my day to day activities and the progress of the film while in Nepal.
I am excited to share this story with you, and I am thankful for your time and support on this journey. I hope to take your story with me to Nepal when I meet the sisters of this grassroots organization. Together we can give a voice to the sisters of Nepal and allow their story to educate, inspire, and empower women and men to pursue the long hard treks towards positive social change.
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