Climbing Kili for Girls Education
Organized by: Nicholas Swett
EVENT DATE Jun 11, 2016
For the past ten years my younger brother Zach has been building schools, orphanages and dormitories for the children of East Africa.
In 2008, he invited me to come see the impact of his work. But as life often does, things got busy, I missed the opportunity and have been kicking myself ever since. After eight years, four schools and hundreds of lives touched - 2016 is the year to set that right.
But this isn't about me. It's about supporting my brother, his organization and the children of rural East Africa.
So now what? As part of my trip, I'm raising funds to support the development of a new children's primary school. I'm also challenging myself to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world.
My request? Help me raise $5k toward the development of their next school. $5, $10, $25...anything helps.
Why? Because education, more than any other sector of development, seeds dramatic improvement in poverty reduction, gender equality, health outcomes, child immunization, HIV/AIDS prevention, environmental protection and wildlife conservation. In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 1.8 million children's lives could have been saved in 2008 if their mothers had at least a secondary education.
Story below detailing the impact of their work.
When? I'll be headed over June 11-22, 2016
Where will your donation go? All proceeds from the 2016 Kilimanjaro climb will directly support the infrastructure and development of an ASAP school in Tanzania.
Tell me more about climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro! We'll be climbing Kili with world-renowned guide Jake Norton, up 19,340' through the Rongai route, on the north side of the mountain. After hiking the 500 mile Colorado Trail last summer, this is my personal challenge for 2016.
You can learn more about ASAP and their great work, here: http://africaschoolassistanceproject.org/
"Mbasseny Primary School was the first focus of American volunteers who traveled to Tanzania to build a school in the summer of 2008. The village had a one room schoolhouse in very poor condition. With no glass on the windows and no desks, the children were forced to sit on dirt floors that turned to mud in the rainy season. The roof leaked and teaching conditions were difficult. Still, the children were desperate for an education and many stood outside the building in hopes of someday making it inside the school. Today, after six years of ASAP project assistance, the Mbaaseny Primary School has seven classrooms with windows, desks and over 450+ students. Most importantly, the results are astounding. The first 3 years of graduating classes have seen both a 100% graduation rate and matriculation rates. A truly remarkable feat for a rural African village that did not even have a school of their own a few short years ago."