An exciting segment broadcasted on Kenya’s national television station, “KTN” featuring Expedition Everest. Take a look!!!
Meet our Western climber, Toby Storie-Pugh: an adventurous, challenge-seeking, problem-solving, mountain-climbing-enthusiast who NEVER stops, even when he passes the finish line.
This strong-willed and bold spirited man co-founded Flying Kites Global in 2008 with two equally ambitious women, Justine Axelsson and Leila De Bruyne, and since then, have hit the ground running with incredible programs to raise money for their school in Kenya. One of the programs, Flying Kites Adventure Challenges, allows for people to marry their adventures and philanthropic pursuits, raising money through sponsorships to go on once-in-a-life-time daring adventures such as (you guessed it) mountain climbing! plane jumping, borough biking, marathon running, rafting, camping, etc. If it’s crazy enough to think of, chances are, the program encourages it.
It’s safe to say Expedition Everest is the biggest adventure challenge yet, pioneered by the nutty social-enterpriser himself: Toby Storie-Pugh, with a Mt. Everest size target of $500,000 dollars to raise for Flying Kites Global. For Toby, climbing Mt. Everest is “the idea that won’t away.” For the rest of us, it is an exciting, selfless, and courageous fundraising initiative, one that makes us question (or not question) our own comforts and what one is capable of achieving when determined, inspired, or just plain loony. The success of this campaign will prove indeed, that anything is possible, and if mountains must be climbed to challenge the aptitude, integrity, and generous spirit housed within the human heart, mind, and body, well then… Everest awaits.
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.