BENEFITING: UNICEF USA
When I set out to climb the Ecuador volcanoes (this coming November), my biggest concern was an uncooperative Cotopaxi (darn those active volcanoes). No one expected a major earthquake to devastate the friendly, humble people of this wondrous country on the equator.
UNICEF estimates that more than 150,000 children need medical attention for injuries and just to keep ahead of disease and many communities will have to rebuild from scratch. Roads have been destroyed, food and water sources have been decimated and/or contaminated, rural communities cut off. People are homeless. People have lost loved ones and livelihoods. We have all seen the pictures and read the articles. Even if we haven't, we remember last year's accounts from Nepal.
And, speaking of Nepal, a change in my fortunes has made an Everest Base Camp trek possible for this fall and I'd like to make some small contribution to the brave and resilient people of that country, who are still digging out, literally and figuratively, from the tragedy of April 25, 2015.
It seems unconscionable to just go abroad, give in to my curiosity and my climbing ego, tick another two countries off my bucket list without recognizing the trials that our local staff and guides and their families are facing.
Therefore, I am raising money for UNICEF's efforts and doing this climb as a charity climb for earthquake relief in Ecuador and Nepal.
My climb and my airfare are paid (I don't do credit cards) and I am hoping to raise as much as the trip cost me ($5,000) to help the people of the country that will be hosting and helping me get up a 20,570 mountain.
A fundraiser like this is a very small thing. Obviously, infrastructure issues are vast and recovery will be years in the making. it is possible that my tourism investments will go as far as this campaign. But UNICEF is an old and time-honored organization that does good work in the world and I want to be able to support both countries' recovery before I step off the plane in Kathmandu or Quito this fall. Please consider donating to this worthy cause and organization, and help me to meet this goal!