UN AWARD WINNING WOMEN’S RIGHTS AMBASSADOR VISITS OMID November 29, 2017 by admin On Wednesday, October 18, OMID Center in Tehran was host to a talk by Sara Safari, author, speaker, college professor, mountain climber and advocate for women’s empowerment, whilst visiting Iran. Others attending the event were Mr. Najarian, the famous Iranian climber, Ms. Maryam Zandi –OMID Mountain Club instructor, and some other friends. Sara spoke of the challenges in her own life as a young female immigrant to the US and how she ended up climbing high mountains. Sara is pictured above in her own selfie with some of the young women at OMID. Here is how Sara described her visit: “I had the privilege to visit Omid Foundation in Tehran and meet these amazing and powerful girls who inspired me to the moon. I decided to climb the highest peak in Antartica to raise funds and awareness for these beautiful talented girls…I arrived at the center around 1pm to eat lunch with the girls and staff. Lunch was loubia polo with cucumber salad. Right away we started talking about their life. I asked the girl next to me to tell me more about herself and her interests. Maryam with big brown eyes and a red scarf said that she likes to be an artist. She said she has been inspired by the volunteer art teachers who visit the center and she wants to become an actress. She also talked about her appreciation of the center and the staff. She said “My life completely has changed since I joined the center, I am a different person, I have confidence.” Their hopefulness and positive energy was inspiring beyond words.” Sara who was born in Iran, studied electrical engineering at UCLA and after working for large companies, pursued her passion for teaching at California State University Fullerton, where she met the founder of the Empower Nepali Girls foundation. She decided to climb to the summit Mount Everest (29,000ft.) to bring funds and awareness for girls who become victims of human trafficking or are forced into early marriage. Last year, during the devastating 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal, she survived the avalanches on Everest and came back down to help the victims and families, 10,000 of whom lost their lives not to mention 100,000 children who lost their homes. She received the award for The Global Citizen from United Nations Association in 2015. She is also now a board member and director of development in Empower Nepali Girls. She recently wrote an inspirational book about her life changing experience, spiritual redemption and a search for social justice called “Follow My Footsteps”. She is donating all the proceeds to from the sales of this book to Empower Nepali Girls. Sara’s mission is to conquer the famous 7 Summits, each for an organization involved in empowering women and girls. She has already conquered 3 of the 7 which are: Aconcagua in South America, Mount Elbrus in Russia/Europe and Kilimanjaro in Africa. We are delighted to announce that In her next attempt, she will be climbing Antarctica’s highest peak, Vinson Massif and this climb is dedicated to OMID Foundation, this climb is planned to take place in December 2017, weather permitting. Her target is $1 per each foot, so $16,000 for the 16,000 foot peak. CLICK HERE to support this forthcoming climb by way of a donation. We wish Sara much success in all her endeavours to raise awareness and funds empowering women all over the world. Click here to find out more about Sara Safari’s work.