Youth Advocacy

Climbing the Highest Mountain In Europe for SOS Children’s Village Moscow

On August 1st, 2019 I stood on the 5642 m (18,510-ft) summit of Mount Elbrus – the highest mountain in Europe. This is a climb that was dedicated to SOS Children’s Village Moscow, an organization located in the district of Tomilino, Russia that provides support to the local children and their families.

The Russian Superstars of SOS Children’s Village Moscow

Before climbing the highest mountain in Europe, I visited the children’s village in Tomilino, Russia, where I was able to meet children and adults.

During a “flag signing,” I try and make the experience as special as possible. The cameras are out, and the stage is set in a grand room where each superstar gets their moment!

I talked briefly about myself and my project, after which all the children who attended the meeting signed the flag (above), which I was able to take with me on this high-mountaineering journey. The children will be with me, in my heart. Their warm wishes and signatures will give me strength during the difficult ascent of the mountains.

After the flag made its way to the top of Europe for the superstars of SOS Children’s Village Moscow, it was deposited in the children’s village and put on display where it can remind those, that anything is possible!

Growth at SOS Children’s Village Moscow

SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) is allowing me to bring donated activity books/art supplies with to these villages for the duration of my project. I was able to collect some supplies beforehand and personally take it with me to Russia.

Some of the superstars from SOS Children’s Village Moscow using the haul of activity books that were donated by SCARCE. I’m looking forward to teaming up with SCARCE for the duration of my project! Thanks again! Your efforts are being felt thousands of miles away!

Climbing the Highest Mountain in South America 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 that provides support to the local children and their families.

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 gets to accompany me to the top. Their “presence” definitely keeps me going when the going gets tough!

After the flag made its way to the top of South America for the superstars of Quinta Betel, it was deposited in the children’s home property and put on display at the top of the newly installed wireless internet tower!

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 placed on the back burner due to lack of internet access, 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.

Climbing the Highest Mountain in Africa for Stella Maris

On October 25th, 2017 I stood on the 5895 m (19,340-ft) summit of Mount 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. I saw first hand just how underdeveloped the country was, and the lack of resources available for children in the remote mountain villages which really prompted me to act. I wanted to make a difference in the local communities in which I was traveling to, which eventually lead me to launching Project 43324.

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