Climbing Kilimanjaro to Change Lives
Organized by: Tommy Deuschle
EVENT DATE Sep 08, 2014
When I first went into a refugee camp at 5 years old on the east side of Zimbabwe I didn’t understand the gap that was in the lives of all those who had lost their parents and left orphaned. How could I? We played soccer together and fetched water together and as far as I was concerned our lives were the same.
Seeing Zimbabwe go through it’s economic devastation, and growing up relating to all those effected the nation’s collapse forced me to the ground level of reality when it comes to young people who have nothing. When children who have no guidance, teaching, support or love their world becomes a dire place. 1/3 of the population has AIDS and it’s orphan statistics are growing.
Earlier this year for his 60th Birthday, my dad announced a new project in our church called PROJECT: RELOCATION. To raise US 600K to build brand new cluster homes in the city for 60 orphans. To do this – He would climb 19,341ft to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro and raise sponsorship. Up until now we’ve housed 60 orphans in two orphanages out in the country. It's made an impact, but it doesn't take the place of a family.
Project Relocation is not only creating new family foster homes for the orphans (we call them celebrated children), but it’s also about integrating them into our community. So it's time to build the kids a new home. I'm climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for this cause.
(I promise you I won’t kill myself! I’ve been training hard, eating lots of spinach and have been doing breathing exercises at my desk.)
Anyway, I'm seeking to raise $4,000 USD for celebrate.org's orphans in order to build them a new home. I have already put together all of the mountain climbing gear needed to do this. I have already committed to covering some of my flight expenses. That way the majority of what I raise goes directly to Project Relocation.
There’s a few reasons I’m doing this.
1. I can’t let my dad climb this alone. He needs someone to watch out for him
2. I’d like to raise funds for Project Relocation – and change lives, and I’d love for you to be part of this journey with me.
I appreciate you considering this Project. Would you help me reach the rooftop of Africa and giving towards a project that will count for generation after.