Ben Cachiaras

Kilimanjaro "Next Steps" Climb for Kids

Help me raise funds to so deserving Kenyan students can go to college!

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Mountain Christian Church has a long and healthy relationship with this amazing, holistic, transformational ministry in the slums of Nairobi. We have sponsored hundreds of kids from Mathare Valley, helping them get an education from K-12. They have overcome so much already. Now it's time to help them take their next steps. These gifted students are ready for college and poised to pursue the dreams God put in them. But they need our help to take this next step. 25 of us from Mountain will be taking many steps up the mountain this summer. We are doing it for one reason. To help deserving kids we love take their next steps, too. I'm not asking for your help to send me to Africa. I'm asking for your help to support a hard working student. The next step to college can literally change the trajectory of an entire family. Scholarship funds are critical to that happening. For a kid who grows up in the slums of Nairobi, there are a Mountain of obstacles between them and a hope-filled future. Through child sponsorship of Missions of Hope International, I've seen firsthand so many kids have their futures opened up to them. They have dreams to be doctors, teachers, social workers, pastors and more! What is needed is to allow these bright students to continue their education past high school when child sponsorship is discontinued. Scholarships for college are crucial to empower these students to fulfill their God-given potential. Will you help me take these next steps up Kili so these students can take THEIR next steps? It will definitely be a challenge getting up Kilimanjaro. While it's not technical climbing like Everest, it's a challenge. I am hoping I can make it. The biggest risk of not getting to the top has to do with altitude and oxygen issues. I'm putting in lots of steps to get in shape for this climb. It's common for climbers to make it a long ways up the Mountain and with the Summit in sight, have to stop, unable to continue due to altitude sickness or exhaustion or other issues. That's a metaphor for so many kids who grow up in the slums of Nairobi. Imagine all they have struggled with in life -- overcoming health issues, living in tin shacks with no running water or electricity, surviving on the streets, often without healthy family support. The mountain that they have climbed already is remarkable. Now, some of these students are close to graduating from high school. Something they never dreamed of attaining. But what comes next? They are near their summit. Imagine coming all this way and dreaming of going to college and not having the opportunity. I'm blown away by the success rate of kids in the CMF program. Their High School graduation rates are far exceeding the national average! It shows the power of partnership -- and what happens when we take the time to help and care in tangible ways. So I'm taking a lot of steps this summer. 25 of us will work hard to get up a mountain. The training and struggle is a show of solidarity with these kids. The spiritual adventure for us is significant. But most importantly, we want to help some kids take some of the biggest steps of their lives. Any gift you give is deeply appreciated and is tax deductible. Check out CMF's website (www.cmfi.org) to learn more about them and Missions of Hope. Thank you!

Goal: 
$20,000.00

32%
Together we have raised: $6,356.00
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  • $1,000.00
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    Anonymous
  • $500.00
    Donated by
    Mr And Mrs Joe Cachiaras
    "Blessings to you Ben! Wishing you the best as you give your best!"
  • $500.00
    Donated by
    Anonymous
    "Glad to be partnering with you. May God Bless You as you climb!"
  • $500.00
    Donated by
    Greg Nettle
  • $100.00
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    Anonymous
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    Anonymous
  • $200.00
    Donated by
    Anonymous
    "God, bless this team! I love what Mountain does to help everywhere!"
  • $50.00
    Donated by
    Mr Lance Ditzenberger
    "God Bless all of you on your trip & being on mission & be safe!!!"
  • $100.00
    Donated by
    Donna Green
  • $50.00
    Donated by
    Anonymous
    "God bless you all, for the work your doing."

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