In 2017, Elena Kvochko climbed Mt. Everest to show her support of refugees and displaced people around the world. The 18,300-foot climb was as part of a charity challenge to raise awareness of the plight, rights, and needs of people forced to flee their homes and homelands as a result of war, persecution, and large-scale natural disasters.
Commenting on her Everest endeavor, Elena said that climbing a mountain is metaphorically similar to the struggle refugees and displaced people have to go through to get to their next destination where they can rest and feel safe. "We all have our mountains to climb, but some are taller and more treacherous than others, especially for refugees and displaced people. The road will never be what you imagined and sometimes with terrible challenges along the way. I hoped my climb would raise awareness about the struggles that refugees and displaced people face every day all around the world."
In this video, Elena recounts her Everest climb and what inspired her to support refugees and RI’s work.