There’s nothing like a teenage Indian girl climbing Mount Everest to make you feel like you haven’t accomplished much. Malavath Poorna, a thirteen-year-old girl from Nizamabad in Andhra Pradesh, set a new world record in May for being the youngest woman to ever scale the 8,848 meters to the summit of Everest.
Malavath and another student (sixteen-year-old Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar) were selected by Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Schools to undergo almost a month of training along with 20 other chosen students. After the training Poorna and Kumar were chosen as the toughest and both seized the opportunity to climb the world’s tallest peak.
“The aim of my expedition was to inspire young people and students from my kind of background”. Malavath is referring to her being born into poverty. Her parents are farmers and make just $600 a year. Rather than seeing this as a disability, Malavath sees it as an opportunity to achieve great feats and inspire others like her to be extraordinary.
Here is an example of one empowered woman determined to accomplish something amazing. Talented and dedicated to her studies, Malavath will not be held back by the oppressive caste system or the limitations others may put on her. Way to go Malavath!
— Julia Kutyn