I will be going to Tanzania in January with the intention of summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro and bring awareness to an organization that I have been involved with for a few years now – Shine On Sierra Leone. At 19,341 feet, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highest point on the African Continent (one of the 7 summits), the largest freestanding mountain on earth and as far as mountains go, it is not, I am told, to be underestimated. Fortunately, I am sharing a permit and resources with a group of advanced mountaineers and have been training daily now for over a month --- I am cautiously optimistic I will be in the 50% who make the summit.
Regardless of my success in reaching the summit or not – my aim is to make the effort itself count and have elected to create an opportunity here to extend my support of for the non-profit Shine on Sierra Leone (read more below). My plan is to raise $5,000 for SOSL with the help of friends and colleagues like you. This trip will be 100% out of my own pocket – all your donations will go directly to SOSL and their efforts.
About Shine On Sierra Leone
In seven years, Shine on Sierra Leone has provided micro-loans for 7,000 women, trained 12,000 people in computer literacy, and launched a maternal & child healthcare center that has already served 25,000 members of the community. All of this while also managing and growing our primary school!
Our flagship program funds 500 students receiving a free and excellent wholistic (mind-body-spirit) education in a school that was once ranked 736 out of 736 schools in the region. Today, becuase of this radical shift in thought, it is proudly one of the top three schools region wide based on national aptitude testing scores.
Please join us as we journey to the top of education in the country while supporting Martin's journey!