Denied education. Married too early. Living in poverty. Manu Gurung's life in rural Nepal was, in her words, "nothing."

But Manu would not accept the fate of so many women before her. Through Empowering Women of Nepal, she found an opportunity to become a trekking guide and pursued her goal relentlessly, despite pressure from her community to not take a "man's job."

Listen to Manu tell her story of fierce human resilience...

Manu’s strength and perseverance are exceptional, but unfortunately her situation is not. Millions of girls worldwide face similar challenges, but don't have the opportunity to build their leadership.

Our goal is to help empower more young women like Manu through sport. We ask for your help: donate online, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, and speak openly about these issues with your community.