What is THE FREEDOM CLIMB? The Freedom Climb is an event where women from across the globe will begin their ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro beginning January 11, 2012 (National Human Trafficking Awareness Day) for the purpose of bringing awareness to the atrocities against women and children, and generating much needed resources to those who are oppressed, enslaved, exploited and trafficked. The Freedom Climb goal for 2012 is to provide opportunities for freedom and hope to 10,000 women and children through projects that break the cycles of poverty, shame, slavery, and despair. The Freedom Climb will raise finances for a variety of projects that help women: micro-loans that empower women to start a business and care for their children, skills training, education for their children, providing rescue and safe haven from exploitation, to list a few.
Why Mt. Kilimanjaro? Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is symbolic of the huge climb to freedom these women and children have to face every day of their lives. Believers are compelled by the love God has for his children to “speak up for those who have no voice” and “see that they get justice” and the human decencies they deserve (Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT).
The uniqueness of a group of women from a variety of cultures climbing Kilimanjaro has already attracted interest from media to tell this story, and in doing so, will bring a spotlight to the cry for freedom for women and children. This blog will document the climb each day, escalating the voice of advocacy on behalf of women’s freedom issues.