During a fair highlighting student activities at the Colorado School of Mines, Delta High School graduate Paige Bowling learned of an opportunity to join a humanitarian group on a trip to Nepal. Now Bowling is working to raise the $3,950 needed to make the trip to the Mt. Everest region.
Although she's raised less than $1,000, Bowling is undaunted. She spent eight years collecting cans along the side of the road so she could raise enough money to buy a horse, as well as go to the world championships. She sees the trip to Nepal as another win-win opportunity. She'll not only be able to help people, she will also be able to fill a dream to travel.
The 15-day trip is being led by The Invictus Initative, a 501(c)3 humanitarian non-profit organization that strives to empower people through project ownership and entrepreneurial growth. Before beginning any project, The Invictus Initative identifies the needs of the target community and goes in with the goal of building sustainable relationships and equipping community members with the tools and resources necessary for the development of positive and sustainable change.
Bowling's team will be planning and implementing a water project at a school — a perfect match for Mines' engineering students — and assessing the needs of several Sherpa communties along a trail that a former Invictus team helped to build in the Mt. Everest region two years ago.
"We will also be supporting orphanages, schools and small businesses," Bowling said. "This trip will give me the opportunity to make a direct difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate."
Bowling is hoping friends and family members will support her trip with prayers and, if possible, financial assistance. "It's difficult to ask for money when I know people are having hard times, but any amount — even $5 or $10 — gets me a little bit closer to my goal," she said. Checks can be mailed to "The Invictus Initiative," 375 Elati Street, Denver, CO 80223, or donations can be made online at www.theinvictus.org. Please write Paige Bowling's name in the memo line of your check, and specify online donations should go to her account.
At Colorado School of Mines Bowling is also a member of the horse riding team and is carrying a full load of 17 credits in pursuit of a degree in biochemical engineering, with a minor in international business. She is the daughter of Tony and Carol Bowling.blog comments powered by Disqus