Climbing for Change
Friends and Family,
As many of you know my grandfather and I just finished climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 6 days. Because my grandfather summited, he broke the record for the oldest person to reach the top, Uhuru Peak!
We both decided we wanted to climb with a PURPOSE. I spent the prior 3 weeks in Meru, Kenya, staying at an orphanage called KACH, which takes in children who have been orphanged from AIDS and violence. I co-led a student group called Student Shoulder to Shoulder (SStS) in which we attended the communities needs through farming, installing biogas digesters, digging etc. I also stayed an extra week to assist at local hospitals.
The founder of the children's home, Dr. Karambu, has told me that they urgently need to build a house for their upcoming 13+ year old boys, due to a cultural tradition in Kenya, which states teenage boys must live in a separate house from the family due to their coming of age.
Thus, I have created this page as a way to spread awareness about the issues in Kenya and to ask for support for building these children, and my new friends, a place to sleep.
Any donation, no matter how small ($1) will help and is greatly appreciated. I have created this safe page to make it EASY and FAST to donate.
Thank you for your support!
To learn more about the children's home, KACH click below
I am gratefully proud to announce that we reached our goal of raising $2,000 for the KACH children's home in Meru, Kenya! The International Peace Initiatives organization will now be able to build a home for the 13+ year old boys. A huge thank you for all of your generous support and the various media companies that publicized our travels. I enjoyed reading the eclectic mixture of connections you all had to my grandfather. Let this fundraiser be an inspiration and a model for the little ways in which we can continue to pay it forward.
Babu, Swahili for grandpa, and I summited Mount Kilimanjaro on Thursday the 20th of July, beating the world record for the oldest man to reach the top! Here is a picture of Babu and a Coors can, in which Coors may use for future advertisement.