The dZi Foundation is a Ridgway, CO based non-profit founded in 1998 by longtime mountaineers Jim Nowak and Kim Reynolds. While leading a trek in Nepal, Kim came across a safehouse for girls that was failing financially and at risk of closing down. After returning to the states, she and Jim organized the dZi Foundation's very first fundraising effort - an expedition to climb a new route on the 23,443 foot Himalayan peak, Pumori. They raised enough money to save the girls' home. The Friendship House is now thriving and home to 21 girls and young women who would otherwise be out on the streets, vulnerable to child labor or abuse.
Since establishing its 501(c)(3) status in 2001, the dZi Foundation has evolved into a $760K philanthropic organization under the leadership of Jim as President. dZi currently serves 21,000 individuals in poor, remote Himalayan communities in India and Nepal. dZi's mission is to empower these communities to reach their true potential through sustainable health, education and community-based programs.
What is a dZi?
The dZi (zee) foundation is named after the ancient Himalayan etched stone beads that bestow health and protection upon the wearer.
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