Welcome to The Freedom Climb Blog!

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.

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2 thoughts on “Welcome to The Freedom Climb Blog!

  1. As a climber in the upcoming Freedom Climb I am excited but also overwhelmed as I learn how large the sex-trafficking problem is in our world. Each day as I live in extreme comfort and safety I imagine that so many girls are being taken, exploited, beaten, and raped. I am not worried about the riggers of the climb. I am spurred on with courage by those like Rachel Lloyd from the GEMS ministry in NY who have escaped the life and are fighting back. They had to escape without assurance of success but just knowing they had to do it.

    A few weeks ago a fellow biker in my bike club, Ladies on Spikes, rode up beside me an said, “we want to support you on the Freedom Climb”. Today on a beautiful ride in Fayetteville, Georgia we stopped and they listened as I shared my heart about the climb. They have committed to hold a movie night showing “Taken” in October and a bike ride in November to raise funds for the causes we are supporting. I thank God for making more aware of this evil and how He will use these events to save lives in our world. Thank you LOS.

  2. Bravo aux femme d’OM de faire cette ascension en tant qu’action contre le trafic humain!

    Que Dieu vous bénisse et qu’il vous donne une voix dans ce monde !

    Fraternellement

    Rose Marie Erb, aumônier des prisons

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