- Posted March 12, 2013 by
Las Vegas, Nevada
45 WOMEN TO CLIMB MT. EVEREST TO COMBAT INJUSTICES AFFECTING WOMEN AND CHILDREN
“It began with me asking another person who asked another person and turned into the Freedom Climb where we had 48 women in January of 2012, climbing Kilimanjaro, and now we have 45 women climbing to Everest Base Camp in 2013,” said Cathey Anderson, founder of the Freedom Climb.
Of those 27 million slaves, three out of four of them are women. Eight hundred thousand people will sex-trafficked this year; 80% will be female and 50% will be children. It is a passion for these women and children that drives 45 women to climb.
“I am climbing because I want to be a voice for the women and children around the world who have no voice,” said Tina Yeager, the Freedom Director for the US. “As a victim myself of child abuse, knowing the shame and pain I had suffered as a 7 year old child. I don’t want any child in this world to go through that.”
“If we can provide a hope, an opportunity and a chance for women to climb out of this oppression, than we will do it,” said Cathey Anderson.
On April 9, the women begin their journey in Kathmandu and then fly to Lukla where they begin the climb at the base of Mt. Everest. For the next 12 days, they will face cold temperatures, higher altitudes, and exhaustion as they trek to the base camp and then summit Kala Pattar Peak. Each one knows that this journey will not be easy, but they are all united in their purpose of helping those women and children who are oppressed and have no voice throughout the world. In addition to climbing, each has also pledged to raise $10,000 to go toward OM projects that aid those women and children.
The Freedom Climb is a ministry of Operation Mobilization which supports at-risk women and children, specifically with those who are exploited, enslaved, oppressed, and trafficked. OM works with the most marginalized and least reached people in the world and has 6,100 workers from 100 nations, serving in 118 countries. It began in 2010 with its first international climbing taking place in January 2012 when 48 women climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
To support the Freedom Climb and its climbers, please visit www.TheFreedomClimb.net and make a donation on their personal fundraising pages.See More