There is an orphan crisis in Kenya. Right now, there are 2 million children orphaned in Kenya, and approximately 60,000 of those children are in desperate need of help. Many of them are forced to forage the city’s garbage dumps for food, beg and steal as means to survive, and many female children are forced to live as prostitutes and slaves. Through our volunteer work we have seen first-hand the plight of the Kenyan child and the heart-wrenching inadequacies of their care. In traditional orphanages children often exist on subsistence diets, have little social development and no attachment, and receive poor education due to the lack of teachers and learning materials. It is no wonder that the cycle of poverty continues. These children are not given the critical tools needed to pull themselves out of this brutal self-sustained and systemic cycle.
It is our mission to ensure that the children we care for are given these tools and that they are equipped with the resources, which will allow them to build relationships, seek out opportunities, and, most importantly, recognize what they need to live a life of true fulfillment.
At Expedition Everest we will go to great heights - the greatest height! - to make sure our children do not have to face these challenges alone. We hope to show them what it takes to achieve fulfillment in one’s life, to demonstrate the courage it takes to commit to a goal and to chase it relentlessly, and to show that experiencing fear, self-doubt and enduring yet inevitable setbacks merely means you are on the right track. The summit beckons.