Climbing~Taking Action~For Women in Congo
Climb Take Action~7 Summits Challenge is dedicated to empowering women in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo by climbing to raise funds and awareness to their suffering. The initiative was founded by Georgina Miranda with the goal of climbing both versions of the 7 summits (highest peak on each continent) and taking action to bring awareness and relief to these fellow women. These climbs are for them! The journey is well underway having reached Europe's highest peak, Mt. Elbrus 5642 m (Russia) on July 22, 2008, Australia's highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, on December 30, 2008, Africa's hightest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro 5895 m (Tanzania) on July 16, 2009, Aconcagua 6962 m (Argentina) on January 10, 2010, and Denali 6195 m (Alaska) on June, 2010! The quest to empower others is on its way and we hope you will support our efforts! Every little bit counts and has a tremendous impact in the lives of these women and children. We just returned form our Everest attempt and made it to the Balcony at 8400m and plan to go back in 2013! Next will be Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia 16,024 ft!
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See how you can start making an impact in the lives of thousands of women and children that need our help! It is hard for any of us Westerners to imagine surviving some of the abuse and neglect these women and children have had to endure and continue to suffer through. We can do something to help them. I know I am amazed and inspired by thier stregnth and feel the need to help them in any way I can.
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Climbing to Empower Others
Representing more than 80% the world’s refugees, women and children suffer most in emergencies, yet they hold the key to a healthy, peaceful future because of their resilience and determination. Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has suffered more than a decade of civil wars that have left millions dead and even greater numbers homeless. None have suffered more than the women and children. Although there are many humanitarian needs in the world, the case of the Congo, has been deemed to have the worst sexual violence in the world by John Holmes, UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs. In 2010 alone, it is estimated that 15,000 women were raped in Eastern Congo.
Tens of thousands of women have been neglected, murdered, abducted, brutally raped, tortured, and overall forgotten. Congo Wars have claimed more lives than any conflict since the end of World War II, yet the crisis has received little attention outside of central Africa. With Mt. Elbrus, Mount Kosciuszko, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Aconcagua and Mt. McKinley accomplished, help us in our efforts to raise support and awareness that will that will bring the physical, emotional, and financial resources necessary to help women in Congo empower themselves.
100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly to V-DAY and International Medical Corps. All funds collected will be equally split by these two organizations, which are both 501(C) (3) registered. Learn More about these organizations.
International Medical Corps' tax identification number is 95-3949646
V-Day's tax identification number is 94-3389430
All 2008 funds raised have been utilized to support a new reproductive health 'Center of Excellence' in South Kivu, Congo run by IMC. This new center will help lower the burden of the only hospital in all of Congo that treats Fistula repair cases and improve the care for victims of sexual violence. Read more on my blog.
Some of the world’s worst acts against humanity have taken place here, especially against w
omen and children. Peace, change, and stability can only come to these regions with a vested interest from the global community.
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WE WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT AND GIVE SPECIAL THANKS TO THOSE DEDICATING THIER CHALLENGE TO OUR CAUSE!
ASHLEY CHAPMAN- Reached the summit of Kilimanjaro January 2010!! read more
BIANCA ROMAN- trekked Machu Picchu, Peru on November 21, 2008 and raised $550! read more