An underprivileged girl from India became the world’s youngest to climb Mount Everest
Merely at the age of 13, she scaled and stood proudly on the summit of Mount Everest and created the record of being the youngest female summiteer. Purna Malavath, a daughter of daily wage earner parents emerged as inspiration for many other children of her age. A kid at her tender age, yet possessing the quality to motivate others despite being one from the under privileged class of our society.
Purna is a student of class IX and studies at Telangana Social Welfare Residential School. She grabbed the opportunity of summiting Mount Everest, by clarifying a four stage screening test of a program OP-EVEREST, launched to promote adventure sports among the most unprivileged children. The Chief architect behind the program was Dr. R.S Praveen Kumar, IPS, the Secretary, APSWREIS.
She had been sent along with other nineteenth students to the prestigious Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) in Darjeeling for training and among them top nine were sent for the expedition to the Indo–China border. Again from these nine, only two finalists Anand kumar (16) and Purna (13) with a higher grade of toughness and endurance were sent to Everest expedition. Purna reached the summit first and Anand followed her one hour later. Poorna is now the youngest to climb Mount Everest.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has announced a cash reward of Rs 25 Lakh each to Malavath Purna and Anand Kumar and also to their trainer Shekhar Babu. Along with the cash prize, they will also be rewarded with five acres of agricultural land, free power connection and agricultural investment for one year.
A tribal by birth, Purna Malavath showed her extreme vigour and established a historic feat to celebrate. This young motivator said that whenever she confronted with difficulties, she remembered the commandments, ‘I am not inferior to anyone, I shall never fear the unknown, and I shall never give up.’
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