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Michael Skiles' Fundraiser:

Summit 4 HOPE 2014 Kilimanjaro Climb

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BENEFITING: HEART FOR AFRICA

EVENT DATE: Aug 18, 2014

Michael Skiles

THE STORY:

LOCATION: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
GPS: 03°04′33″S 37°21′12″E
ELEVATION: 5,895 m (19,341 ft)

ROUTE: Machame Route
DISTANCE: ~37miles(60K)

The Summit for Hope began from a group of big-hearted, high-energy Heart for Africa volunteers. They designed this creative and exciting way to raise funds for Project Canaan in Swaziland. It started with the idea of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa, in 2009, and has grown to include climbing many peaks, mountain-tops, and skyscrapers around the world. Imagine people reaching to some of the highest points on earth to bring HOPE (Hunger Orphans Poverty Education) to a country filled with orphans and vulnerable children...you can make a difference by hiking with us or donating to support the event or hike's fundraising goals.

Heart for Africa is developing a place of hope in Swaziland called Project Canaan. Project Canaan is a 2,500 acre large-scale land development project being designed by business people to come alongside Africans and bring expertise, resources and hearts together to find a holistic solution to a complex set of issues. It will provide training and employment, grow large amounts of food to stimulate the local economy and allow for export while supporting orphans and vulnerable children on the property and across the nation. There are two sides to this development project, the first is the farm side and the second is the children side.

WHO AM I:
My Name is Michael Skiles I am 29 years young, originally from Wisconsin and moved to Swaziland April 12th, 2013 as a long term volunteer on Project Canaan. I have been living/working on the farm and in the surrounding communities since then. My main focus at Project Canaan is Heavy equipment operation for road maintenance, clearing land for agriculture, and grading construction sites for all of the buildings that are going up such as the El Rofi Medical Center, Khutsala Artisan shops, Kibbuts, and Children's homes. In the past few months I have been training a local guy to operate our bulldozer and he is doing very well. Together we have started new sites for schools, and housing, including a road that will open up a whole new section of land on the farm. In my free time here I try to experience all the adventure Swaziland and South Africa has to offer, rock climbing, everything ocean, and definitely hiking! On Sundays after church service i take some of the guys to show them around their country and go hiking as many of them haven't been more than a half hour away from there home and it is a great time for fellowship. It has actually became part of my training for Kili because one thing I have learned is that Swazi People are FIT!

It will be a six day climb traversing 6 different ecosystems including grasslands, a rainforest, shrub, heather, alpine desert, and the arctic summit.

Please feel free to pass this email along to anyone you think might be interested in my Summit 4 HOPE.

Thank you for your generous support!

To learn how to get involved please visit: www.heartforafrica.org.

Follow My mission in Swaziland: http://swazisurvival.tumblr.com

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To This Fundraiser

$765

MONEY RAISED
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  • Linda Skiles

    $100

  • Anna Thomas

    $50

  • Dave Michel

    $25

  • Ed Petty

    $25

  • Jim and Margaret Schaefer

    $50

  • Tina Anderson

    $25

  • The Makars

    $15

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Anna Thomas

    $150

  • Nancy Henry

    $100

  • lynn, Dan, Kross and Burgen Krueger

    $25

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8% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

lynn, Dan, Kross and Burgen Krueger

lynn, Dan, Kross and Burgen Krueger

DONATION: $25

You are doing Gods work, thank you, 3 years ago

Nancy Henry

Nancy Henry

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Anna Thomas

Anna Thomas

DONATION: $150

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

The Makars

The Makars

DONATION: $15

3 years ago

Tina Anderson

Tina Anderson

DONATION: $25

Hi Mike, I am a friend of your mom's and I am sure she is so proud of you! It is wonderful to see you doing such good in the world. Best of luck to you on your climb, and may your blessings to others return to you in your future. 3 years ago

Jim and Margaret Schaefer

Jim and Margaret Schaefer

DONATION: $50

Thank you for all you do, may God Bless You. 3 years ago

Ed Petty

Ed Petty

DONATION: $25

Hey Mike, looks like you are doing some good things out there! 4 years ago

Dave Michel

Dave Michel

DONATION: $25

Good luck! 4 years ago

Anna Thomas

Anna Thomas

DONATION: $50

Good Luck!! 4 years ago