19,340 ft for Clean Drinking Water
As many of you know, I am taking some time off of work to volunteer in Moshi, Tanzania. I am working at the Step Up Nursery School, teaching children from the village to read, write, count, and ... do arts & crafts (yes!!) for my first three weeks in country (9/22-10/13), and then climbing Kilimanjaro on my fourth week (10/14-10/20)...a goal I have had for some time now. Not only will it be a test of my body's physical strength and ability, but of my mental resolve; 40% of climbers do not summit. My goal is to make it to Uhuru Peak, or the Roof of Africa, which is 19,340 feet above sea level... that's 19,340 feet higher than what I am used to living in NYC!
I would like to dedicate this climb to a cause many of us don't think much about... clean/safe drinking water. With water so accessible to us, it's something we all take for granted.
Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease and diarrhea remains the second leading cause of death of children under the age of five. The problem is enormous but we can make a difference. Kids can be healthy and stay in school with safe water.
For only $25 Water.org can get someone safe water for life. Co-founded by Matt Damon, Water.org has been helping people get sustainable solutions for over twenty years. We can make a difference in the world, we can help change someone's life.
Please help me to bring clean water to children living in East Africa (or wherever the greatest need may be) -- consider donating a dollar, a quarter, a dime, a nickel or a penny for every 100 feet I climb to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak. That would be $193.40 ($1), $48.35 (25 cents), $19.34 (10 cents), $9.67 (5 cents), or $1.93 (1 cent). Any amount will get me closer to the $1500 I hope to raise.
With your love and support, I know I will reach my goal -- the top of Africa's highest mountain, and safe drinking water for those who need it most.
Thank you! Grace