The Kilimanjaro Initiative (KI) was founded in 2006 to encourage young women and men in Kenya and Tanzania to have self-belief and to assist in providing opportunities that will enable them to take on constructive roles in their communities. Through its annual climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, ‘The Big Climb,’ more than 400 youth have gained mentorship and team-building skills.
In Kibera, the largest informal settlement in Kenya, KI provides counseling, livelihood skills, and income generation opportunities to young women. KI also manages the Africa Golf Program, offering golf to girls growing up in disenfranchised communities. Finally, KI supports a network of boxing clubs where youth become community role models.
UNFCU Foundation will continue to support KI in its work with East African youth. KI is a unique platform that brings together persons from different economic, social, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. The organization creates mutual understanding and initiates opportunities for young persons to develop.