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Renate’s Kilimanjaro 2020 Food Campaign
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In less than 2 weeks, I will embark on the adventure of my lifetime while raising awareness & funds for an organization that is very dear to me. I have been involved with Africa New Life for a few years and have advocated on behalf of several children for sponsored education. This time, I’m focusing on their food program which provides school lunches to children who would otherwise get little or no food to eat. Eleven women (including me) have signed up to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in January 2020 to raise funds for this program & our team goal is to raise $200,000. In 2017, a group of 13 courageous women climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and were able to raise over $350,000 to build ANL’s medical facility in Kigali, Rwanda!! The Dream Medical Center opened last year and has pediatric care, prenatal care, dentistry, internal medicine, operating rooms, inpatient beds, and a whole lot more.
Following the progress of the Dream Medical Center (online & in person) re-kindled my desire to return to work as a registered nurse and I worked very hard for almost a year taking classes, obtaining certifications & applying for jobs. I was very excited when an offer came in April & I was able to start working in the Texas Medical Center in May! This job has allowed me to cover all of my expenses for the climb, so none of the money donated will fund my trip - it all goes to ANL.
I am climbing for Kenny & Welarisi (two boys whose education we sponsor), Africa New Life’s 10,000+ sponsored children, and for the amazing people of Rwanda. I have visited Rwanda twice in the last three years, visited with Kenny’s & Welarisi’s families, learned about Rwanda’s turbulent history and have come to love the people of this amazing & resilient country! I’ve seen first hand how phenomenal ANL’s program is and have witnessed the difference ANL & their supporters are making in the lives of Rwandans.
Please let me know if you have any questions - I would love to answer any questions and tell you more about Africa New Life.
Africa New Life's Food Program helps to provide school lunches to children in Rwanda who otherwise would get little or no food to eat. These children work hard and are dedicated to doing well in school so they can improve their families' situations and give back to their country when they grow up. But it’s hard to learn or grow without food!
An average meal in Rwanda costs $0.83, which means $25 provides food for a child for a month (30 meals). Feeding children and families is an extension of the gospel and provides students the stability and consistent nutrition necessary to complete their education.
(photo: Wurzbach Fisher Photography)
We are so thankful for you joining us on this life-changing adventure for the children of Rwanda!
Thank you for helping us make a difference!
Renate and The Kilimanjaro 2020 Team
Posted a week ago
Your donation to Africa New Life’s food program doesn’t just provide a one-time meal for the children...it helps support their organic gardens which provide fresh vegetables everyday! Pictures from my visit to Kageyo yesterday are on my Facebook page: pic 1 - greenhouse for tomatoes, pic 2 - keyhole garden, pic 3 - rows of planted greens & mango trees, & pic 4 - some of the primary school children lining up for lunch.Read More
Everything is strategically planted so they can avoid the use of pesticides (i.e., planting onions next to kale) or they use crushed red peppers w/ water to spray when needed, compost cages, etc., a second greenhouse is needed in Kageyo so one can provide food while the other one is being replanted, & seeds from the plants are shared with the families so they can grow their own gardens to provide food outside of school.
Thank you again for your generous donation to this program!
Posted a week ago
Today is the day!! We start our climb today & will be taking the Lemosho Route. Summit day is Thursday, 2/6.Read More
Thank you all again for your support for the climb and for the children of Rwanda.
Posted a week ago
Today I left for Tanzania!! I will post the climbing itinerary in the next couple of days. Thank you all so much for your support!Read More
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Campaign Success Stories
A Father-Daughter Climb for College Students
After our family travelled to Rwanda together in 2012, we had been seeking out the next big thing that we could do with Africa New Life. Hearing about the 2017 Kilimanjaro climb that the group of women accomplished definitely put the climb on our radar. So when the idea was floated about a 2018 “guys” climb, it was not only an easy “yes!”, but we decided to make it an epic “father-daughter” climb!! The trip was especially exciting for us because we are not regular hikers or climbers, so committing to this endeavor was definitely something that was outside of our comfort zone.
Fundraising specifically for college scholarships was close to our hearts because Payton is heading to college in the fall and as a father, I have seen the tremendous impact that college has had on my oldest daughter, who is completing her junior year.
Opportunities to attend college for American students are plentiful, but this is not the case for Rwandan students. As we “Climbed for Education” and spread the word about our fundraiser through social media, word-of-mouth and personal contact, we were blessed to witness sacrificial giving from our friends and family. Funds continued to come in even after we came home and we were pleased to have raised over $10,000 to help Rwandan students attend college. As a climbing group, the total raised was over $100,000!
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7th Grader Tatum Raised $3,500 to Build a Well
I traveled to Rwanda with Africa New Life in 2014, when I was 11. Driving on the dirt roads toward Kageyo, I noticed how many children were walking along the roads with dirty yellow canisters. Later I found out they were five-gallon jugs they use to carry mud-filled, contaminated water home. They were my age and even younger, walking 10 miles for nasty water!
I had so much, and those kids didn’t have anything. I knew I had to do something. Actions speak louder than words. Back in America, I got five of my friends together and we planned a walk-a-thon to buy a well in Kageyo. We called it the Walk for Water. We got sponsors and carried two gallon jugs two miles. While I walked, I realized how hard it must be for those kids. That year, we raised $2,000!
The Walk for Water was so successful, the next year we did it with the whole school and raised another $3,500. That was enough to install a new well and repair others. It started with a thought that turned into an action. So many kids can have clean water now, and they’ll be healthier. Now matter how big or small you are, you can help! If a seventh grader can do it, you can too.
Becky Raised $10,000, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and helped build the Dream Medical Center!
I decided to jump into a campaign to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Dream Medical Center because of my son, Judah. He is adopted from the very community where the medical center will be build. The very least I could do to say “thank you” to this community for caring for my son is to raise money for the Dream Medical Center.
The goal was big: I needed to raise $10,000 for the Dream Medical Center. A friend helped me come up with a goal of finding 20 families to contribute $500. I was blown away by the responses! Families found all kinds of ways to raise the money. One of my friends committed to roasting and selling coffee beans. Families saw it as a joy to do this together!
Truly, I raised the money through word of mouth. I talked about it all the time, and people would ask me about it constantly! I went on training hikes, posted on Facebook, and people started reaching out. After doing this, I know asking isn’t a burden if it’s something I believe in and it’s God’s design. In the end, I raised not, $10,000, but $20,000!
Raising Funds for Medical Help, With God’s Guidance Every Step of the Way
My journey to Kilimanjaro started in 2005. My friend Becky and I were planning our first trip to Africa, and we started dreaming about climbing the mountain. Back then, time and finances got in the way. 11 years later, Becky called to see if I was ready! Many thoughts rushed through my mind—my kids, our finances, how crazy it would be—so I said no.
Over the next few months, I continued to pray and seek God. I learned more about Africa New Life and the Dream Medical Center this climb would raise money for. I couldn’t stop thinking about it! God gave me several words during that time, like “HEAR ME,” “DECIDE,” and, finally, “GO.” The thought of raising $10,000 was crazy, but the more I learned, the more I realized my fears were small compared to what the children in Rwanda have endured and the good this hospital would do.
I started praying and asking God to guide me through this process. Again and again, God reminded me HE was with me, in charge of the whole thing. Together with the help of many creative and generous friends, who partnered with me and volunteered their time and finances, and got started with fundraising events! Soon enough, I had raised over $12,000. Even my children asked to be involved, which made me so excited and proud. Together with their school, they hosted a Kilometers for Kilgali run that raised almost $3,000.
I was tired and busy, and definitely out of my comfort zone, but I knew I wasn’t doing this alone. God was guiding me the whole way. This opportunity was life changing—not only for so many Rwandans, but also for me and my family! I am forever grateful to have been part of it.
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