13 year old Malavath Poorna became the youngest female to climb Mount Everest on Sunday, May 25th, 2014.
To make Malavath’s feat even more impressive, the Indian girl is unlike the usual climbers who come from privileged families.
Malavath comes from a poor farming family, 200km north of the city of Hyderbad, which is hard to get to due to the lack of permanent roads.
Where most of the girls from her town of Pakala, never see the inside of a classroom, Malavath was fortunate to be enrolled in a nearby boarding school through a welfare organisation who aims to help India’s underprivileged reach their full potential.
About 9 months ago, the organisation gave Malavath the opportunity to achieve this dream.
After a lot of training and proving her ability, the day came when the climb began. It took 52 days, but on May 25th, Malavath reached the summit and proudly held her country’s flag on top of the world.
Malavath hopes that her achievement will inspire all underprivileged people to achieve their dreams.
Article written by D Mulhern