Kilimanjaro Initiative

Empowering disenfranchised youth in East Africa through the power of sports and self‑belief

The Kilimanjaro Initiative (KI) was founded as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in 2006 to encourage young women and men to have self-belief and to assist in providing opportunities that will enable them to take on constructive roles in their communities. As a key feature of its activities, KI organizes an annual ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The climb helps raise awareness of social issues youth face in their communities and exemplifies how sport is used as a tool towards the development of a community.

UNFCU has been supporting KI since its inception, and continues to do so through the UNFCU Foundation. KI has brought more than 400 youth, athletes, musicians and sustainable development activists from the private and public sectors from more than 50 countries to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Program goals:
  • Empower young people to overcome socio-economic obstacles
  • Enable youth to lead change in their communities through participation in local initiatives
  • Effectively prevent and reduce crime
Key fact:
  • USD 50.00 enables a youth to take part in leadership training