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The Kilimanjaro Climb
WFP Tanzania Support
(Message from WFP Tanzania)
WFP Nepal supported Nimdoma Sherpa as well as nine other members of the First Inclusive Sagarmatha Women’s Expedition (FISWE) Team to climb Mt.Everest in May 2008. Nimdoma Sherpa a former WFP school meal programme beneficiary was aged 16 and the youngest member of the team. After their historic as well as successful summit to Mt.Everest, WFP supported the FISWE team to visit more than 100 schools where they inspired the youth especially girls about overcoming challenges to reach their goals.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, WFP Tanzania will organise the Kilimanjaro Climb in March 2013 where three African women will join hands with seven women of the Nepal team to highlight the importance of women empowerment and girl education. The African women climbers come from different backgrounds and each one of them has a unique story. While one of the climbers is an active youth activist advocating against early marriage, the other is a teacher from the nearly extinct bushmen group – the Hadzabes. The third climber is Hlubi Mboya, one of the most popular TV actresses in Southern Africa, is WFP’s Ambassador Against Hunger in South Africa.
Asian and African women face similar economic and social obstacles even until today. The climb will highlight the women’s remarkable journey to Kilimanjaro, the stories of their lives and their achievements with the viewpoint of inspiring young girls and women.