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Erika Switzer-Masiero

Erika's Challenge Iceland 2019

Trekking 80km through Iceland to raise funds for UN Women UK because climate change is effecting women and children.

103 %
raised of $10,000 target
by 59 supporters

UN Women UK

We raise awareness and funds to empower women across the world.

Charity Registration No. 1162741


Dear Friends and Family,

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

I have been wanting to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone and I finally am able to do that with my first ever expedition with Her Planet Earth and Just Challenge to support UN Women UK.

I will trek 80 km, along with 30 other like-minded women, through Iceland's dramatic but beautiful landscapes -  from lava fields, waterfall and glaciers. Trekking through these untouched and preserved landscapes will sensitize us on how fragile Mother Earth actually is. During these days, I will be pushing myself physically and mentally, camping in tents each night, going without a shower for days, feeling every ache in every muscle and escaping the every day connection to the world around me. 

My goal is to increase awareness about environmental issues and to raise money to support the underprivileged  women across Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam) who are affected by climate changes.

With your generous support, UN Women can build on what they have already achieved in Bangladesh, Nepal and Vietnam to increase the scale and effectiveness of their work, having a significant impact on women and girls in areas at risk of natural disasters.

My expedition is entirely self-funded which means that 100% of the funds raised will go towards UN Women UK.

Here are few examples of how donations can help:

USD 50 - Could provide a series of leadership and self-esteem workshops for women and girls to give them the skills and confidence to respond to these climate risk challenges.

USD 500 - Could help us set up a livelihood project that empowers women business leaders in agriculture to manage their business in at-risk areas.

USD 1000 - Could allow us to work with governments to develop Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNAs) to inform disaster recovery strategies and national disaster management planning.

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Thank you for your interest in my journey and your generous donations.

Warmest Regards,

Erika Masiero


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