At Kupona Foundation, we encounter incredible women every day. Today, we want to introduce you to our latest Shero. Meet Sara Safari.
Sara is an author, engineer, professor, mountaineer, TedEx speaker, recipient of the 2015 Global Citizen Award from the United Nations, advocate for the empowerment of women and girls, and newest member of the Kupona community.
In 2015, Sara was climbing Mt. Everest to raise funds to empower Nepali girls who were trafficked or forced into marriage. On day 25 of Sara’s climb, Nepal was struck by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Sara survived the quake and the devastating avalanche that followed while clinging to the edge of the treacherous Khumbu Icefall by her harness and anchor.
Today, Sara continues working to empower women and girls. She aims to climb the highest mountain on every continent (The Seven Summits) to raise funds for seven organizations working for women’s empowerment. When she completes her challenge in July 2018, she will be the first Iranian in history to conquer The Seven Summits.
Last week, Sara summited Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness, through Kupona Foundation, to empower women living with and recovering from obstetric fistula in Tanzania.
Her goal is to raise $19,000, $1 for each foot of Kilimanjaro’s elevation. Funds raised will support comprehensive treatment for women and girls at our partner hospital, CCBRT, as well as vocational training and socioeconomic empowerment for women recovering from fistula at the Mabinti Centre. You can show your support for Sara’s challenge here.
“Women living with obstetric fistula are often denied the opportunity to live to their fullest potential. Many are cast aside by family members and neighbors, and confined to their homes to avoid the stigma and shame associated with this debilitating childbirth injury. They cannot work, attend community functions, and are often susceptible to infections and disease. I climb on behalf of all women who don’t have the opportunity to live fully self-expressed lives around the world.” – Sara Safari
Kupona Foundation is honored to be Sara’s charity of choice on the African continent. We were also thrilled to welcome her to CCBRT and The Mabinti Centre after her climb last week, where she visited the ladies she had been climbing for.
“I feel so honored that I met these women. They are so strong and resilient. They deserve a better life and I wish I could give them everything. As they were sharing their stories, I was so moved.” – Sara Safari
She was also able to meet the young woman whose picture she had carried to the top of Kilimanjaro.
“There is a huge difference between the women [on the ward] at CCBRT and [training at] Mabinti. At CCBRT, they are vulnerable but at Mabinti, they are empowered, strong, hopeful about the future. I can see how learning a new skill and making money can give them their confidence back.” – Sara Safari
Together, we can conquer fistula
Thanks to Sara’s incredible commitment, and the contributions of her supporters, we will be able to reach more women living with fistula, supporting their comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation, and their reintegration to their community as they rebuild their lives. The road to recovery is not an easy one, but like Sara’s climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, their destination is within reach.
We’re excited to conquer fistula together, returning hope, health and empowerment to women and girls in Tanzania.
Are you inspired by Sara’s incredible efforts?