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Veteran's Journey to the Roof of Africa: FP1 Team

$11,850 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 6 months
Created January 3, 2019
FREEDOM PEAK 1

The Warrior’s Keep has partnered with Myrmidon Expeditions to lead an excursion of 12 veterans to the roof of Africa. The purpose of FREEDOM PEAK 1 is to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a group of veterans to experience a journey to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Standing at 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro will challenge the body, mind and soul of each team member, while empowering them to overcome certain difficulties many veterans face at home, such as: depression, anxiety, societal reintegration, military transition or stress brought on from a traumatic experience.

We have named this program FP1 in honor of the tallest peak in Africa, Uhuru Peak. Uhuru is the Swahili word for freedom and it’s our hope that each participant achieves a sense of freedom while on this Tanzanian trek to the Roof of Africa!


Our Mandatory Training Phase will start January of 2019 and will last five months (January-May). We will leave for Kilimanjaro on June 2nd and return June 12th. There will be a Follow-up period with each veteran participant within one month after excursion to collect data and input for future research and development of our program.

The Warrior’s Keep has partnered with Prelude Films to capture and document each stage of this program and the experiences our team encounters along the way. At the conclusion of this project, The Warrior’s keep will present a documentary film aimed to reflect on the entire journey of our team and the impact it has made on their lives.

OPERATIONAL COST

The average market cost for a trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro is $3,990(+$315 tax), making the total value just over $4,300 per individual without the cost of flight. Myrmidon Expeditions, in partnership with The Warrior’s Keep, has extended a generously discounted rate of $2,040 per veteran (over $25,000 in savings) and includes: guides, porters, tents, park fees, hotel cost, in-country ground transportation, all meals, climbing & cooking gear. The table below is a breakdown of operational cost for FP1.



MISSION

The Warrior’s Keep is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to unite and empower veterans, through engaging in outdoor adventures and recreations. We believe that sometimes the best medicine is nature's medicine. Our programs provide veterans with free access to outdoor activities and are designed to educate on the difficulties that come with military transition, while achieving inner peace and healing of the mind. Ecotherapy or Outdoor Therapy has been shown to greatly improve quality of life and symptoms of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans. All veterans were trained to go to war but never trained to come back home. Our goal is to fill a void in every veteran's life that was left behind after active duty.



O.A.T.H.

Outdoor Adventure Therapy for Heroes (O.A.T.H.) is our motto and belief that engaging in outdoor adventures with other veterans allows for real healing to naturally take place in a neutral and safe environment.

 
For more information visit our website at www.thewarriorskeep.org or contact our Executive Director, John Cody Hardin at John@thewarriorskeep.org.


Feel free to follow our journey through our Facebook, Instagram or YouTube at the links bellow!

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$11,850 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 6 months
Created January 3, 2019
Funds raised will benefit:
Warriors Keep (The Warrior's Keep)
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