In June 2018, as part of our year-long celebration of our 10th anniversary of service, Water to Thrive Executive Director Susanne Wilson led an expedition to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, in our service nation of Tanzania, to raise pledged funds to support our mission of bringing clean, safe water to rural African communities in need.
Our Kilimanjaro climb followed the Lemosho Route, considered one of the most scenic trails, a 35-mile climb with 14,000 feet of elevation gain and loss and some scrambling. The group was led by an expert team from Climb Kili, a climbing company whose primary focus is safety, ethics, and environmental concern. Climb Kili has worked with numerous charitable groups, including Wounded Warriors and Make-a-Wish.
Standing 19,318 feet above sea level, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Water to Thrive’s summer expedition launched with visits to Tanzanian water projects funded by the organization and visits to villages in need of water. Afterwards, the group made the eight-day climb (one day for descent included), with each climber pledged to raise funds for Water to Thrive.