According to National Geographic - the average number of people to reach the summit is 45%. Altitude sickness being the major reason people fail. However, the fitter you are the better. I have recently begun training; plenty of cardio alongside long, hard practice hikes. I am determined to do this!
With PeakPlanet, I will be trekking the Lemosho route - a 10 day package with 8 days on the actual mountain. (That's no showers or washing or real toilets for 8 whole days!) Temperatures can also plummet to -26°C!
I am completely funding myself to go, setting me back a rather large amount! I am asking for donations as I am eager to raise money for others during my second part of my summer trip.
My Kilimanjaro climb will begin on the 6th July - all going well, I will have summited and be back into a safe, warm lodge on the eve of the 13th. Soon after this, I will be heading into Uganda to volunteer with Whisper.
Whisper is a small, non-profit organisation that was founded in 2010. They have since established One World Orphanage, which houses around 15 children a a time, as well as Whisper's First Child Academy of Hope which provides education to more than 100 children in the area. Alongside this, the charity does much work within the local communities.
My volunteer work will include both outreach work in the remote villages and assisting at the One World Orphanage. Uganda has thousands of orphaned children due to HIV and AIDs.
Without their parents, some children are looked after by distant family members who don't have the means to care for them. Some children Whisper find are so malnourished, they are fighting for their lives.
In the villages I will be assisting first aid, recruiting children to the One World Orphanage or helping to deliver improvements to people's homes. I may also be sent to the hospital with injured or sick children depending on the circumstances. Many of the villagers in the community suffer from jiggers - small insects which usually enter the body by the feet. This causes the feet to rot, and when left untreated, many Ugandans end up losing a limb at the very least. The village outreach works to destroy these jiggers and prevent them from being caught in the future.
The charity survives purely off donations. I will be working as a true volunteer here. Unlike some organisations, I am not being charged and they do not profit financially from the help I provide. The money donated by you will pay for the food of the children living at the orphanage, the Ugandan staff members wages and all the outreach work expenses including medical supplies and treatment. These are simple basics which we take for granted. They need all the donations they can get.
There are many charities out there and so many good causes. I strongly believe this is one of them. If I can climb Kili, I'm sure you could donate a pound or two! Any small amount helps - it really does.
Thank you to those who do donate!
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