Project RISE: VJ Climbs Mt. Aconcagua

by Sphoorti Foundation
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Project RISE: VJ Climbs Mt. Aconcagua
Project RISE: VJ Climbs Mt. Aconcagua
Project RISE: VJ Climbs Mt. Aconcagua
Project RISE: VJ Climbs Mt. Aconcagua
Project RISE: VJ Climbs Mt. Aconcagua
Project RISE: VJ Climbs Mt. Aconcagua
Project RISE: VJ Climbs Mt. Aconcagua
Project RISE: VJ Climbs Mt. Aconcagua
Project RISE: VJ Climbs Mt. Aconcagua

Thank you very for supporting our campaigns on GlobalGiving over the last few years. 

Last year, VJ attempted to scale Mt Aconcagua. He was not able to reach the summit as the weather was inclement and experts suggested he returned from the mountain.

Nevertheless, VJ demostrated that will can take you very far. His high-risk attempt in support of the cause of education of the Girl Child in India was very commendable. It is very rare these days that people think of the less-privileged.

With the help of support from GlobalGiving donors and other sources, we have been able to raise more than $20,000 and are in the process of constructing two rooms for our girl children in our campus. 

It is a matter of pride that we have people like you and VJ for our children. 

Even during the Covid crisis, your generosity served 8200 families and prevented 40,000 people from starvation. You have also provided 30,000 bread packets to returning migrants.

Thanks for everything

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Because of inclement weather, VJ was not able to scale Mt. Aconcagua. In spite of great will power and dedication, nature did not favor him. This is his message

"My attempt to summit Aconcagua in Argentina failed due to very bad weather  The weather on Aconcagua was mostly sunny but the strong winds starting Jan 5th made things fall apart. Jetstream winds up to 100kmh were forecasted and the forecasts were right. It was one of the hardest decision I had to ever make was to turn around when you are so close to the summit. If I analyze things now, I know it was the right decision. With 100kmph winds it made it literally impossible to move ahead and the risks were too high of frost bites as I also had to come back to ground safely.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn. The price of hard work is success, dedication and determination that whether I win or lose I have given it my all and left it on the mountain. I have not been able to summit but I have not lost my spirit. It was a challenging experience pushing myself on a climb testing my ability both mentally and physically. Not succeeding gives me a good reason to set bigger goals and go back to these magical mountains. I have learnt a lot about my body and importantly my mind. I will step back and look bigger.

I have so many people to thank (including you who encourage me by simply following - THANK YOU), my friends, family and everyone who have shown support in your own ways."

With your help, we have raised more than $20,000 through various sources. We will utilise the donation for education of our children. Thanks so much for being with us in this journey.

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Mt Aconcogua
Mt Aconcogua

Thank you so much for your support to VJ's daring attempt to climb Mt Aconcagua in Argentina.

The summt is about 20000 ft tall and VJ expects to take about 15 days to climb and return. He started his journey from Beunos Aires to Mendoza where the climb will begin.

VJ's campaign has raised about $20,000 so far from multiple sources all around the world. His efforts have received traction among youngsters in Hyderabad and India. It's a very risky attempt as the survival rate is about 40%

For Sphoorti, it is indeed a great honor for being chosen as beneficiary of VJ's Campaign. We hope through this noble efforts, VJ would be able to see more girl children going to school and have a decent school built for orphan girl children of Sphoorti and the neighboring villages. 

Thanks again for being so supportive of all our requests for help. We will give you an update about VJ's expedition from time to time. 

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The Summit
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VJ with kids
VJ with kids

Dear friends, thanks so much for your support to VJ's efforts to build a school for children at Sphoorti.


VJ has been undergoing rigorous training to help him withstand the harsh conditions associated with the climb atop the Mt Aconcagua. The fact that there is a 40% probability of not returning alive from the peak underscores the importance VJ attaches to the cause of education of the girl child. 

Through his efforts, we seek to raise around $100,000 and build rooms for a school for girl children belonging to Sphoorti Foundation.  

VJ will begin his climb in December. We would like you to spread the word about his passion and his bid to build a school for Sphoorti children. 

We will post more updates as the Climb date gets closer. VJ and Sphoorti Foundation are thankful to all of you for supporting our mission. 

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Sphoorti Foundation

Location: Hyderabad, Telangana - India
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Twitter: @sphoortiorg
Project Leader:
Tejaswini Vavilala
Hyderabad , Telangana India

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