At GirlsTrek, the word ‘impact’ means so much to us – it’s central to everything we do.
For example, we are keenly aware of the impact a GirlsTrek experience has on not only the GirlTrekker who joins us but, quite significantly, on those around her too. We see that in the preparation and commitment before the trip. And then we feel her joy and sense of achievement during the trip and the elation when she returns home and shares her stories with family, friends, and work colleagues. All of them are impacted in a positive way too.
As well, as you’d rightly expect, we impact the local communities we visit with our pledge to use local, family owned and operated businesses in the destinations we visit. And we thought you’d like to know that we extend that impact even further too. That’s because, every day, for every Girl Trekker, GirlsTrek extends the impact to change the lives of women and families in need who we most likely will never even meet.
We do that with the help of our partnerships with Sevenwomen.org and Mummy’s Wish.
We have chose to make a real difference in the lives of those who need a helping hand the most.
Stephanie Woollard began Seven Women at age 22 after meeting seven disabled women working in a tin shed in Kathmandu. These seven women were struggling to make a living in the face of harsh discrimination. With her last $200, Steph paid for a trainer to teach the women how to produce products for sale locally and abroad – and Seven Women was born. Since 2006, Steph has built up the Seven Women team and launched an Australian arm for fundraising and a sales channel for our ever growing operation in Nepal.
12 years after her meeting in a tin shed that started it all, over 5,000 women have been educated, trained and employed by Seven Women.
GirlsTrek are assisting SEVENWOMEN with an agricultural project on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Developing a market garden on regenerative farming protocols to provided a secure and consistent line of fresh produce to their guesthouse restaurant, cooking school, families of specific need and the city’s produce market.
Girl Trekker also have the opportunity to sponsor a Nepalese girl to access education for $250 per year.
Every year 5000 Australian mums with children under 13 receive the devastating news they have cancer. Mummy’s Wish helps manage the distressing burden of cancer on mums and their families by providing practical, tailored support during the entire treatment journey. This support gives the gift of time to mums with cancer so they can focus on what’s most important, being a mum.
GirlsTrek assist Mummy’s Wish to secure funds through the Mummy’s Wish Hike initiative each year.
GirlsTrek supports a higher purpose of sustainable tourism with our commitment to responsible travel. The culture of responsible travel at GirlsTrek is not skin deep. We take these considerations to heart and are constantly striving to be more sustainable. Most of all we strive to make a positive impact wherever we go. This means embracing the local culture, contributing to their economy in meaningful ways and being kinder to the earth. It’s about making true impact in the communities we visit and providing an authentic, enriching experience for our trekkers.
We make our business and logistic decisions based on a specific set of criteria. Front of mind is how our action will both positively and negatively impact the area, community and economy we are visiting. Every GirlsTrek starts with a personal connection to an area, we work with local (where possible family) run businesses to provide accommodation, transportation and meals. We engage long standing residents of local communities to share with us their deep passion and love of the place they call home.
GirlsTrek respects the privilege to operate and walk in the natural world. We believe in treading softly, leaving no trace, understanding and learning from the nature and with that knowledge playing our part in preserving our natural world for future generations. GirlsTrek believes in the spirit of custodianship of the earth and we maintain practices including minimising disturbance of creatures in their homes, walking on designated trails or areas, cleaning hiking gear to avoid cross contamination, packing out all rubbish as well as minimising single use plastic.