Youth Advocacy

Climbing for SOS Children’s Village Moscow

This July 2019, I will climb Mount Elbrus – the highest mountain in Europe and a climb dedicated to SOS Children’s Village Moscow.

Over $1,000 has been raised for this cause. SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) in Glen Ellyn has also allowed me to fill my climbing duffel bag to the brim with school supplies which I will personally bring with me to Russia!

Climbing for Quinta Betel

On March 3rd, 2019 I stood on the 6960 m (22,837-ft) summit of Aconcagua – the highest mountain in South America. This is a climb that was dedicated to Quinta Betel – a remote children’s home at the base of the Andes. With the funds that were raised, my project was able to connect the remote children’s home with the installation of a 40-ft wireless internet tower on the property.

The Argentinian Superstars of Quinta Betel

Before each climb, I get a special flag signed by a different bunch of superstars. It’s almost as if a piece of them get to accompany me to the top. Their “presence” definitely keeps me going when the going gets tough!

Growth at Quinta Betel

With the funds that were raised, my project was able to connect Quinta Betel with the installation of a 40-ft wireless internet tower on the property.

Because the internet is arguably the most powerful tools for education, helping connect the remote children’s home has always been my primary focus. As education evolves and adapts with technology, so must the world in how it utilizes educational resources

As of Tuesday, April 10th, 2019, the internet was officially up and running at the Quinta Betel! Donors and their efforts made this all possible! From a developmental standpoint, this is monumental!

Laptops have also been donated to the Quinta, which will allow them to have the necessary educational tools to further their development. With leftover funds available, a few desktop computers can be purchased and placed into the newly renovated learning center where they can be used for after-school programs and alternative therapy.

Many projects that were once put on the back burner due to the lack of connectivity, can now be brought to the forefront. Some of these projects explore different options for generating on-site revenue for the property like taking advantage of its many acres of land by producing fresh fruits and vegetables. The Quinta also needs volunteers to help out with the after-school programs and basic needs around the property.

The multi-use laptops being donated to Quinta Betel

Climbing for Stella Maris

On October 25th, 2017 I stood on the 5895 m (19,340-ft) summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa. This climb was dedicated to Stella Maris English Medium Primary – a school that provides education to the underprivileged children of the local villages in Tanzania.

The Tanzanian Superstars of Stella Maris

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Growth at Stella Maris

To the far left sits the dinning hall, currently in the midst of construction.

With the funds that were raised for Stella Maris, my project was able to help out with the ongoing construction of a new dining hall, that will hold 350+ students for school assemblies. School supplies were also donated.

Trekking in Nepal

I spent time trekking all over Nepal back in 2017. Seeing first hand how underdeveloped the country was, and the lack of resources available for children in remote mountain villages really prompted me to want to make a difference. This difference was motivation for Project 43324!

The Nepalis Superstars

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