Kilimanjaro Challenge wrote -
The Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania attracts hundreds of thousands tourists every year, some to climb the mountain, but mostly to visit the vast amount of African wildlife in the plains that surround it. What many tourists do not realize, and are often shielded from, is the humanitarian crisis that has been brewing for the past 15 years in the form of AIDS. Modern treatment and education on the disease have started to reduce the death rate and number of people infected, but the damage has been done. AIDS related deaths have wiped out the adult demographic, which has left approximately 55% of the population under the age of 19. If a child lost their parents in the past, their village and family members usually took on the task of raising them. With the death rate being as high as it’s been, children no longer have such a safety net to rely on. This has left thousands of orphans and children at risk left to fend for themselves in very impoverished circumstances. Our team of climbers will attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's highest free standing mountain at 5,895 metres. The climb will take six days and require 4,891 metres (16,044 feet) of elevation gain. Of all climbers that attempt the mountain, only 45% reach the summit. All donation will benefit the US-Based 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit The Kilimanjaro Children's Fund (formally known as the Fund for the Kilimanjaro Orphanage). A retired Emergency Room doctor from Haines Alaska, named Greg Higgins, founded the Fund for Kilimanjaro Children to provide financial support and assistance to the children in the Kilimanjaro region who are at risk because they are orphans, homeless, sick or living in extreme poverty. Dr. Higgins has not only helped raised money and awareness for children in the region. Three years ago, he and his wife, Shannon, moved to Moshi to roll up their sleeves to run medical clinics, establish shelters, and provide education for children at risk. We are fortunate on this climb, as Greg will be joining us on this adventure on and off the mountain. When we are not climbing, we will be visiting many of the orphanages, schools, and programs he has been supporting through his charitable works.