Maya Maya on top of Mount Elbus
Maya (bottom right) with Board Members of Biswas Nepal and WONDERWorks
Maya is interested in helping disadvantaged women in Nepal and is committed to seeing them empowered and educated, so that they are in a position to stand up for their rights. Maya is able to empathise with issues women face in Nepal, having grown up in the rural district of Sindhupalchok, an area well known for human trafficking. Considered a rebel within her community for running away from home to escape a forced marriage when she was fourteen, Maya is now considered an inspiration for all women in Nepal.
As part of an expedition in 2008, Maya, at the age of 28, became the first woman from her Gurung community to have reached the summit of Everest, as part of a women's team called the 7 Summits Women www.sevensummitswomen.org. Their mission was to scale seven mountains in seven continents which they have successfully achieved in December 2014. After the earthquake in April 2015, the team became heavily involved in the rebuilding of rural schools, run a feeding program to ensure that school children receive a meal every day and train trafficking survivors as guides.
WONDERWorks is very grateful to have Maya on our own team, as both a dedicated supporter and wonderful role model for the girls and women we strive to help.