Harvard University Student to Climb Kilimanjaro for Education with Orphaned Students
Cambridge, MA, June 19, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Shawheen Rezaei, a rising sophomore at Harvard University and local resident of Cambridge is determined to reach the rooftop of Africa (Kilimanjaro) this July 2014 in order to raise money for orphaned children who desperately want the chance to go to school. Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world with almost 50,000 visitors a year attempting to climb it. It ranks amongst the greatest outdoor challenges on the planet. The success rate in climbing the mountain is only between 30-50% depending on the selected route and duration of the climb.
“Education is not free in Tanzania, and when you’re an orphan it’s almost impossible to get money to pay for school,” stated the founder of Make A Difference, Theresa Grant. She continued, “As a child it’s hard to find work, and if you get a job, you often have to drop out of school. Getting the chance to go to school is a life changer in Tanzania. Almost 75% of the population doesn’t make it past primary school (upper elementary school). Without education, there is little chance of surviving. In the villages many children die of malnutrition, and in the towns and cities the girls get into prostitution.”
With a goal of raising $5,000 USD Shawheen‘s climb will be able to feed, clothe and educate two children for an entire year from Make A Difference (MAD), a 501c3 non-profit organization providing quality educational opportunities for vulnerable children. But, what’s even more extraordinary about this climb is that the children for whom Shawheen will be climbing don’t want him to climb alone. They want to climb with him, and make a difference for themselves!
“MAD has driven into us that we must not rely on others to help us succeed. There is no doubt we need outside help, but we must work together,” stated Revo a student from the Kilimanjaro Kids Orphanage, which MAD supports, who recently won an award for being the ‘Best Student of All Time’ from his secondary school in Tanzania.
“I know this climb will require physical and psychological strength,” claims Shawheen, “however, I am up for the challenge. Education has played a huge role in my families’ life as well as in mine. It’s a gift no one can take away. The students that I am climbing for work hard and I know they can succeed with my support and the support of others,” added Shawheen.
Shawheen is hoping that sponsors from the Cambridge Community and beyond will be able to make donations to help these orphaned children. If you wish to support the orphans, there is still time to make a donation through Shawheen’s fundraising page: simply go to Firstgiving.com and search ‘Shawheen’ for a link to his fundraising page: ‘MAD Kilimanjaro Climb for Education’ Alternatively, follow the link below: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/shawheenrezaei/madkilimanjaroclimbforeducation?fb_action_ids=10152736002664239&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=.U5LazukwSxA.like&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582.
Regardless of size, all donations are valuable and will be highly appreciated. For companies wishing to make a donation, MAD will provide an advertising opportunity for your company to be featured on a banner, which Shawheen will be carrying to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. MAD is also offering opportunities for corporations, groups and individuals to volunteer in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania to help the organization build libraries, technology centers and playgrounds as well as raise funds for the children.
About Make A Difference
Make A Difference (MAD) is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization helping orphaned children through education and economic development at orphanages and schools. MAD funds orphans' educations through university, while offering job skill training and income-generating activities. MAD strives to maintain local ties to former children's remaining families and villages while keeping administrative costs to a minimum through utilizing volunteers and green, sustainable practices. Visit www.gomadnow.org
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