2018 Team

100% of your tax deductible donation will go directly from Venture to Light House Foundation Nepal to help these young girls.   In addition to their personal contribution, each team member has funded all of their travel related expenses.

 

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Brad & Dawn Ahlm

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To rescue one girl from sex trafficking in Nepal costs $1000. Our group goal is to rescue 50 girls. With your help, our personal goal is to rescue 10 lives. Climbing Mt Elbert to over 14,000 feet is tough, but it bears no comparison to the daily pain and suffering of these girls. We share for a brief time some discomfort with them as we seek to raise funds to help change their lives. Please join us in raising $10,000. Every dollar given will go directly from Venture to Light House Foundation Nepal.

Claudia Dominguez

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I was born, raised, studied and currently live in my beloved Chihuahua, Mexico. I belong to a family with many values, who have taken care of me.  It pains me to realize that many young girls are trapped into a sad life without an opportunity to pursue their dreams. Instead, they are subjected to the most inhumane and unconscionable abuse.  Their voices do not seem to count, but we hear their desperate cry for help!  On August 13th, we will hike the tallest mountain (Mt. Elbert, 14,439 feet) in Colorado to help shine a light on these atrocities and provide HOPE!  With your help we can change the lives of these young women.   Our team goal is to raise $50,000 to provide education, housing, and food for 50 your Nepal women.  My personal goal is to raise $1,000, and with your help, we will surpass it! 

Isabel Dominguez

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To what extremes would we go to save one girl from being sex trafficked?  Would the story change if this one girl was someone you loved?  We all would do radical things for those we love. 

Thousands of Badi girls are sold into sex trafficking at a young age. Their daily lives consist of torture, beating and rape.  Could you imagine for a moment, a life where you are seen as an object with no worth, no value and no voice. To these girls there is no hope.  I was first struck by the magnitude of this cause while running on a treadmill.  After running for a couple of minutes my body started telling me to stop; that it needed rest. The treadmill was not going to stop when my body got tired. I kept running, pushing through the pain, but I knew I just needed to press the “STOP” button to make the pain go away.  Suddenly, I broke into tears. I remembered the Badi girls.  I could have stopped my pain by simply pressing a button. The Badi girls don’t have a “ STOP” button to make the pain go away. 

On August 13th, our team will hike to the top of Colorado’s highest peak to raise awareness and money for this cause. Our team has a goal of saving 50 girls. With $1000 one girl will be rescued, given education and housing for one year. My personal goal is $2,000. Help us show these beautiful girls what love is and let’s do radical things together.

Yannin Dominguez

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As an immigrant in this country, I have felt disappointment, fear, and most significantly,  hopelessness. The hopelessness that extends to the deepest parts of our soul - the type of fear that cripples you when thinking about the future.  I attend North Central University and have been surrounded by the most challenging and amazing individuals.  People that are selfless and loving and utterly brilliant in everything they do.  Still, it is easy for me to look at all the wrong and the bad that surrounds me.  
A couple months ago I realized how important it is to fight for one another.  I thought about the civil rights movement and how it changed Americans lives.  It truly impacted individuals and created unity among different communities. It dawned on me as I found something I am able to shout out for... young Badi girls.
Our team is climbing the tallest peak in Colorado on August 13 to raise awareness and advocate for these young girls... who are destined for a life they don’t choose themselves.
Join me in raising awareness through prayer and support of the Badi.  Our team goal is to rescue 50 girls, which will amount to $50,000. My personal goal is to raise $3,000, which will provide housing, shelter, security, food, clothes, and education that would change their lives for the best.   Please join me.

Jeff LaFavre

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On August 13, 2018 we will be hiking Mt. Elbert.  At 14,440 ft, this mountain is the second highest peak in the lower 48 states and is Colorado's highest.   Our goal is to raise awareness and financial support to help rescue girls and women from the Dalit ("Untouchables") caste in Nepal who are forced into sexual slavery.  In particular, the funds will go to support the Badi (lowest of the Dalit), where 7 out of 10 girls are being sold into sexual slavery each year.  In some cases, these girls are as young as nine years old.  The Badi are called the "Untouchables of the Untouchables".

Our hiking effort is called "Hiking For Hope".  Through our efforts, we desire to provide these girls and women HOPE through an established outreach organization called the Lighthouse Foundation Nepal.   Our team plans to raise $50,000 to support this organization.  Would you consider helping us in our efforts?

Darryl & Lisa Van Ravenhorst

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Why raise awareness and funds for the endangered and trafficked Badi girls in Nepal?  

Going there myself seems impractical.  I have seen an example of a girl rescued from becoming a sex traffic victim. What an inspiring young woman she has become.  I have had conversations with a man who has physically rescued a young 9 year old girl from being sold to a brothel. What a moving, emotional event!

But what if I CAN do something that positively impacts a young Badi girl’s life forever?  THAT is something I can appreciate putting effort into. I know it is possible to make a difference!  So how can I be a part of making a difference? 

I am joining a team of volunteers who are hiking to the summit (14,439 feet) of Mt. Elbert in Colorado in August to raise awareness and support for the Badi girls of Nepal. 

My wife and I are are donating $1,080 to support a Badi child for one year. With your partnership, my goal is to raise funds to support 5 girls for one year - $5,400. 


Please consider supporting a child for one year ($1,080). This includes safe housing, food and discipleship.

  • Maybe you can provide 1 month of college tuition for $100 or
  • $75 to provide education materials for a year: school uniform, textbooks, stationery, house dress and summer clothes.
  • $25 will provide 1 week of safe housing, food and discipleship. 

Please consider the impact YOU can have on the life of a young girl and partner with me on Hiking for Hope!

Christina Skahen

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It is easy when faced with an overwhelming problem to think that the little you could do would make any difference at all. How can someone affect the lives of people halfway across the world? Then I was moved when I read what Edmond Burke said long ago, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I now have a conviction. However insignificant it may be, it will be something. I am Hiking for Hope in an effort to free Badi girls from sex slavery in Nepal. Our team goal is $50,000, which will rescue, educate, and house 50 girls. If we rescue one girl, we have made a difference. Will you join me in using our privilege to fight for the Badi people?


Pat & Lana Skahen

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Our world was rocked last October when we listened to a young Badi girl named Hannah speak at the Venture Gala.  Hannah told the horrific story of her older sister, who was trafficked.  This sister has since been rescued and is a student at Light House.  Hannah also told her inspiring story and the impact of Light House Foundation Nepal.  You can learn more of Hannah's story by going to hikingforhope.org/hannahs-story

Since then, Pat has been in training to hike to the top of the tallest peak (Mt. Elbert, 14,439 feet) in Colorado to raise awareness and funds. Our team goal is to raise $50,000, which will provide safe housing and education for 50 girls.

With your help, our personal goal is to raise funds to support 10 girls for one year - $10,000. 

Please consider supporting a child for one year ($1,000). This includes safe housing, food and discipleship.

  • $100 provides 1 month of college tuition for 1 girl.
  • $75 provides education materials for a year, including school uniform, textbooks, stationery, house dress and summer clothes.
  • $25 will provide 1 week of safe housing, food and discipleship. 

Please partner with us as we help to bring HOPE and provide an opportunity for more Hannah's! 

Betsy Swanson

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On August 13, I will be hiking with a Venture team called Hiking for Hope. We will hike up the 2nd tallest mountain in the continental US. Our goal is to raise $50,000 for 50 girls to be in a safe house for a year. I love what Bob Goff says "love simply does." So when darkness is loud, love cannot be silent. This is quite a daunting hike, but is nothing compared to what these girls in Nepal have been through. 100% of what is donated will go straight from Venture to the Lighthouse Safe House in Nepal. My goal is to raise $1,000 for one girl to be in the safe house for a year. Just 40 people giving $25 or 20 people giving $50, would provide education, clothing, food, and a safe place that has authentic life giving love for one girl. Would you join the team by giving what's on your heart to provide a girl a way out of trafficking?

Jovany Vazquez

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A purpose driven life is a life worth living. I have been compelled to raise awareness about the Badi girls in Nepal that are being sold into sex trafficking at a very young age. My team and I have taken on the challenge to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Colorado in resemblance to the pain the young girls go through. Understanding it is only a minimal fraction of the pain compared to what these young girls endure. We are hoping to start a movement that would eventually end this nightmare. Our goal is to rescue 50 girls from this horrific situation and we know together we can do it. Help us be the change we all wish to see in this world.   My personal contribution with your help is to rescue 3 girls from sex trafficking.

  • $1000 includes safe housing, food and discipleship for one girl for 1 year. 
  • $100 provides 1 month of college tuition for 1 girl.
  • $75 provides education materials for a year, including school uniform, textbooks, stationery, house dress and summer clothes.
  • $25 will provide 1 week of safe housing, food and discipleship.  

Matt Wurgler

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The reason why I'm doing Hiking for Hope and the reason why YOU should support us in helping rescue girls from sex trafficking is one in the same...because I can and because WE should.  Help me rescue 2 girls from a life in the sex trade and Restore their HOPE and give them a bright future!