Running for Women and Children in Nepal

Everest Marathon 2017

Ang Dami Sherpa with her son and marathon medals in the background

Ang Dami Sherpa with her son and marathon medals in the background

Giving birth is the most dangerous thing most women will do in their lifetime, and in Nepal, that risk is increased exponentially by resource limitation, altitude, and elements. On May 29, 2017, Ang Dami Sherpa, a Nepali mother and four-time Everest marathon champion, will be running the Everest Marathon for the fifth time. Global Partners for Child Health will be holding a special fundraiser in her honor. Every donation will contribute to building facilities, training local health providers, and bringing basic medical supplies to birthing centers in villages like hers. This is Ang Dami's story:

During a recent trip to Solukhumbu, our organization was assessing a remote area for needs related to maternal and newborn care. In the course of our travels, we encountered Ang Dami Sherpa at a local health clinic.  Ang Dami is a four-time Everest Marathon champion, who ran her most recent race while four months pregnant.  Her training primarily consists of running between villages from her home town of Thame (elevation: 3,820 meters) in order to earn enough money to support her family.  We later visited Ang Dami at her house where she shared stories of her most recent delivery: in her backyard without any trained assistants or supplies. To reach the nearest health facility, Ang Dami would have had to hike for hours through steep mountain trails at high altitudes, like many other women in Nepal. When such women do reach a health facility, they may encounter shortages in staffing, supplies, and training in simple, life-saving techniques. Because of these conditions, every year, women and children in this region die of preventable causes.  

We invite any and all to pledge donations to support building birthing centers for Ang Dami Sherpa and the thousands of women like her. Once you have made your pledge, please share this page with friends and let them know that during the month of May, you are running for women and children in Nepal.

Susan FolsomComment