Seven Summits Women Team made it to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro on 5th March 2013 at 7:45 am together with four African women, Hadzabe teacher Anna Philipa, youth activist Ashura Kayupayuka, South African actor Hlubi Mboya and WFP staff Nima.
The climb was supported by Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Mountaineering Association, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal, UN World Food Programme-Tanzania , The North Face, Non-Resident Nepalis Association and Panchakanya Group.
Kilimanjaro climb was organized to highlight the significance of girl education, marking the International Women’s Day 2013.
After the climb, we visited 7 schools in Tanzania to encourage young students to climb their own mountains through education.
Following the educational tour, 7 Summits Women Team together with Nepal Tourism Board promoted destination Nepal in Dar es Salaam and Johannesburg through celebratory events.
It was a great honor for our team to be able to share a mountaineering mission with African sisters, which was filled with love, joy, laughter, singing and dancing, tears, headache, stress, challenge and of course, achievement. A similar opportunity in 2008 changed our lives and we hope this made a change in theirs!
In schools Nimdoma shared how she was a beneficiary of WFP’s afternoon meal program herself and how that opened her eyes towards education. Nimdoma became an example for these students that they could also dream big and make it come true with the help of education.
We visited four more schools supported by Childreach International including a training school for hearing-impaired students. In each school students showed great interest in knowing about what inspired us, details of climbing Mt Everest, Nepal as a country.
When asked about their remarks, they shared that they learned that one should never give up or be discouraged by challenges in life. They expressed new found confidence in pursuing their dreams and commitment to education.