We have a new goal!
Thanks to the generosity of so many, and to the strength and tenacity of the climbers, we reached our $150,000 fundraising goal! Thanks to each and every one of you who contributed and have helped us get this far! You can check out photos from the climb here.
While in Kilimanjaro, we didn’t just climb the mountain (though, yes, we did that too!): we visited the Local Hero Brenda Shuma and her team, met the children, took a tour of the future Centre, and GO Campaign’s CEO met with the building contractors and went over the plans and budget in detail. We quickly learned that we need $150,000 to build a sufficient dormitory for both parents and caregivers. It will welcome them from all over Africa, offering them a safe and comfortable place to stay and train on how to care for their special needs children. This model will keep families together instead of separating them, and will empower families to care for their special needs children at home and show the community that these children deserve to have their lives valued and should no longer be shunned by society. The $150,000 you’ve raised for the dorm will change the lives of countless children, their families, and their communities.
Our new goal of $188,5o0 will build the dorm and a vocational workshop. Not only do these children need to learn, they need the skills to have a job and be independent. The workshop will give kids a place to learn trades in order to return to their communities as breadwinners, elevating their place in the community and gaining the respect they deserve. By helping them be productive members of the community, we’ll be helping to change perspectives of individuals with disabilities for generations to come.
Please help us reach our goal!
As many of you may know, I am attempting to climb Kilimanjaro for a cause. This will be an experience of a lifetime and I am hoping to use this as an opportunity to help a cause that is particularly important to me: providing opportunities to children who otherwise may have none.
Before and after the climb, I will also be spending time with special needs children at the Gabriella Centre – a home and rehabilitation centre for children with intellectual challenges at the base of Kilimanjaro. Our group has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 which will build a dorm for parents right at the Centre, allowing parents to come and work with their children and get caregiver training, thus allowing the children to stay in their homes and not have to be separated from their families or communities.
Through intensive therapy care and education, Gabriella Centre has already transformed the lives of 900 children with disabilities and their families. With our help, they will be able to help so many more.
I hope you will join me in building this incredible legacy by supporting my climb up Africa’s tallest mountain! 100% of your donation is fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
God willing, we’ll be climbing 15,440 feet (to the 19,341 ft peak). I’m asking you to sponsor us a penny, or ¢5 or ¢10 for every foot we climb. Or maybe you’d like to donate a certain amount for every day of the 6-day climb. No amount is too small, and 100% will go to help these children, currently discarded by society, whose potential is just waiting to be unlocked and celebrated.
Thank you in advance for being part of my journey up Kilimanjaro.