Women and girls can change entire societies when first given the opportunity to shape their own lives. Education is the foundation that sets the course. In Nepal, women are at the core of society. They organize household activities and are a child’s first teacher; they must be knowledgeable, patient, and confident. Yet only 44.5% of women in Nepal are literate. Annually, we will seek to award one applicant funds toward an educational objective–a grant to achieve her “Anything is Possible” goal or dream. As a climbing team, we will raise awareness, and funds, and provide expertise for the candidate to bring her dream to life.
To bring awareness we have partnered with Tsering's Fund, a non-profit on a mission to change the lives of young women in Nepal through education. We will be featuring their newest documentary, "Helambu." It will be an interesting, moving, and inspiring evening. This beautiful film highlights the culture of the ethnic Hyolmo people living in the Helambu Region of northern Nepal as well as how the history of early arranged marriage and trafficking has plagued young girls from the region for generations.
Cokie Cox, Co-Founder of Anything is Possible
Cokie, also founder of She-CLIMBS, is one of the few women in the world climbing the "7 summits”, the highest points on every continent, claiming 5 of 7, including Everest and Denali, and counting!
Kristin ‘KB’ Bennett, Co-Founder of Anything is Possible
KB is the first American woman to summit Nupla and Tharke Khang mountains as “Original” (first ever) Ascents, along with Everest and K2.
Lisa Thompson, Co-Founder of Anything is Possible
Lisa is the second American woman to summit K2, the second highest mountain and considered the deadliest mountain in the world.
Peter Schmieding, Tsering’s Fund President
Peter is the founder of Tsering’s Fund, which has helped save the lives of countless Nepalese girls for over 30 years through education
Astrid Hajjar, Event Auctioneer
Astrid is a founding Sponsor of Anything is Possible, and an expert lawyer, international relations and health care foundations expert.
Pasang Llamu Sherpa, Nepal-Sidhar
Dawa Yangzum Sherpa, Nepal
Phunjo Lama Sherpa, Nepal
Lisa Thompson, USA
Kristin "KB" Bennett, USA
Cokie Berenyi, USA
Tracee Metcalf, USA