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John Muir Trail 2017

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BENEFITING: GRAMEEN PRAGATI

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THE STORY:

The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a long distance hiking route from Yosemite to Sequoia National Park (more specifically Mt. Whitney) and is approximately 220 miles. 160 miles of the trek overlaps with the also famous Pacific Crest Trail. My dad was able to get permits to JMT (very hard to get) early this year, and we decided to attempt the route in 9-10 days. We leave on August 4th and plan to finish either on the 12th or 13th. Usually we raise funds by running races, however, since this a not-so-easy high adventure trek, it is a perfect opportunity to fundraise for the non-profit Grameen Pragati (https://grameenpragati.blogspot.com/). This summer, the organization was able to light up 2 hostels in a school, provide a solar water filtration system, repair several passage lights, and repair several handhold lantern lights. The full project can be shown in more detail in this presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rO9FPOfpdXITD-P8KwYCy7hKTpR9W8GBJtoxg3YrCbE/edit?usp=sharing The goal for this project was set at $3000 (around 13.6$ per mile walked)so we can continue to provide tube-lights to Ranshet-Ashram school, solar electrify Ganjad School, and provide solar cookers. The full extent of these projects are described in the power point. An Engineers Without Borders Community Application is al so being process so that these projects will occur as quickly as possible. Thank you all so much for your support!

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