Sabrina Chin On What Inspired Her to Sign Up
Sabrina Chin, age 36, is preparing for the journey of a lifetime through one of the most majestic mountain ranges on Earth, the mighty Himalayas. During her trip, Sabrina will witness stunning views of the Annapurna Range, encounter Nepali locals while traveling though traditional Gurung villages, and experience the unique and awe-inspiring wonders of Kathmandu.
This 11-day excursion, departing in February of 2016, is hosted by Berkeley-based nonprofit International Child Resource Institute (ICRI) and will raise funds to improve ICRI Nepal's early childhood education programs. Aside from 6 days trekking and 2 days sightseeing, Sabrina and her fellow travelers will spend a day visiting these programs and meeting with ICRI Nepal's dedicated staff.
Sabrina learned about the trek through her connection to ICRI’s early childhood program, Hearts Leap North, where her son attends school, “It wasn’t until I started receiving Gretchen’s e-mail updates about the funds raised for our sister schools in Africa that I started to learn about the impact ICRI was making around the world.”
Sabrina grew up in a culture and environment with values different from those of ICRI, but her experiences and upbringing are what informed her decision to place her son in a more progressive learning environment like Hearts Leap North.
Traveling to Nepal was always something Sabrina hoped of doing. However, as a single mother working two jobs to make ends meet, it wasn’t an option until now. She states, “When I first heard about the trek it immediately caught my attention. Plus it would benefit ICRI.” Now that her son is older and has become more independent, she feels it is the right time to do something to rebuild her life and a trek through the Himalayas could be the perfect place to start. The only obstacle is childcare, “I begged and pleaded with my sisters for months, and they finally agreed to watch my son while I’m gone for the trek.”
With the need to raise a minimum of $2,000 in charitable donations and $1,800 in trip fees, Sabrina will begin with collecting donations from family and friends.
If more fundraising is required Sabrina states, “…Then I might throw a soiree of some sort that would include a film screening or panel -- something on Nepal to bring more awareness to the issues there.”
For more information and to register for the trek visit: www.icrichild.org/nepal-trek/
To donate to Sabrina’s fund visit: www.crowdrise.com/icrihimalayastrekchallenge/fundraiser/sabrinachin