“Find your access point to save the world through what you love doing.” ~ Waylon Lewis
Waylon chats with Shannon Galpin about leaving her career, selling her house, launching a nonprofit and committing her life to advancing education and opportunity for women and girls in Afghanistan.
Galpin and her organization, Mountain2Mountain, have touched the lives of hundreds of men, women and children.
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“Everybody has the capacity to affect another human being or an issue.” ~ Shannon Galpin
“Take all the suffering and find a way to help, not only is it fun and empowering, but less suffering happens.” ~ Waylon Lewis
“My responsibility is to take the access and the education I have and do something, no matter what that little bit of something is.” ~ Shannon Galpin
Info from Shannon Galpin’s site:
National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin, founded the Colorado based non-profit, Mountain2Mountain to fight for women’s rights.
Shannon started in Afghanistan creating projects that focused on empowering women and girls through education, art and sport. She has worked to support graffiti artists in Kabul and created the groundbreaking Streets of Afghanistan photography installation which was set up as a series of street art exhibitions around Afghanistan.
In 2009 she became the first person to mountain bike in Afghanistan, something she continued to do throughout the past five years in various areas of the country to explore and to challenge gender barriers for women. She now supports and trains the first Afghan Women’s National Cycling team.
Shannon and her work have been highlighted in the press including features in; New York Times, NBC Dateline, Outside Magazine, BBC World, NBC Nightly News, ESPN and Women’s Adventure.
Shannon’s memoir, Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan releases September 16th, 2014, and she is the producer for the upcoming documentary film, Afghan Cycles, about the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team premiering spring 2015.
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