K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN tells the story of a population that works under tremendously difficult conditions and whose families often live in desperate poverty. In sharing the stories of these porters with the world, we hope not only to raise awareness of their plight, but also to support efforts to improve their working conditions and to create greater opportunity and economic security for their families. Proceeds from the FEDME Prize, won by the film at the BBVA Mountain Film Festival of Torelló, will be used to support schooling for children of K2 porters. Additionally, through our sister foundation, the Cultures of Resistance Network, we are providing grants for several local groups committed to the betterment of these porters' lives. These include Khurpa Care Pakistan, which focuses on the welfare of porters and holds training sessions in basic climbing, first aid, and environmental and glacier protection. We are also helping to promote the efforts of the International Porter Protection Group, which promotes equity between porters and climbers.
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