The Maya Gold Foundation was created in response to the tragic death of 15-year old Maya Gold, a New Paltz High School student who took her own life in October of 2015. Maya was a social activist, an inspired student, and creatively engaged with the world. She dreamed of working in Nepal to reduce sexual trafficking. The Heart of Gold Adventures offers students an experience in cultural awareness and appreciation and service to others so they can be empowered to gain a greater sense of themselves and the world.
Students travel to Nepal for two weeks to work alongside Nepali teens who have been orphaned or abandoned, or whose families could not offer the care they needed. During this time, they work alongside survivors of trafficking on a five day Himalayan trek and classroom in Kathmandu. Students travel and learn with Nepali teens, and bring their experiences back to their communities through the Community Presentations they offer.