Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Final # are in! $15,000!

The final donation figures are in!

Slightly over $15,000 was donated by family and friends. 100% of the donations went to the foundations as the trip itself was 100% privately funded by me.  The donations to Operacion Sonrisas so far have gone to operate 13 kids with Clef lip and Fundacion Del Quemado has purchased $5,000 worth of specialty medical equipment to treat kids with body burns!

A big thank you to my family and friends for the support from beginning to end of this dream come true! It was not easy due to the logistics of the situation/evacuations while living in Egypt but we did it!!!

I did the easy work, I just had to put one foot in front of the other, my mother helped handled all the logistics of the donation from the US and the hardest work by far is of the Employees and Volunteers of Operacion Sonrisas and Fundacion del Quemado!


Operacion Sonrisas just recently presented my my parents the following two plaques.



This picture was sent to me by Fundacion del Quemado:


Saturday, August 3, 2013

We did it!




Mount Kilimanjaro SUMIT! We did it! 6:30am Aug 2nd! Over $10,000 (still counting) raised for two charities in Colombia; Fundación del Quemado and Operación Sonrisas. Thanks everyone for the support and encouragement! There is still time to donate!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

DonatePlease


We are now two weeks away from the start of the climb. I have done my part and now I need your help!

This adventure has double motivation. From one side its the adventure and experience and from the other its spreading the good name of Colombia and helping less fortunate kids in Colombia.

As I have mentioned below the climb is being 100% paid by me and thus 100% of the donations will go to the charities below.

Para hacer una donación CLICK HERE para instrucciones.
To make a donation please CLICK HERE for instructions.


The Charities: 


Fundacion del Quemado (Foundation for [a person with] Burns)



Fundacion del Quemado was founded 17 years ago with the goal of developing a non-profit foundation for the aesthetic, psychological and social rehabilitation of kids in Colombia who have suffered burns to their bodies. The Escobar family has been collaborating with this foundation for over 10 years. Earlier this year my younger brother suffered severe burns to his hands in a car crash so as a family we have experienced what it means to need medical services related to burns.

Donations to Fundacion del Quemado will be used for medical equipment (like this equipment purchased in early July) and operations.

Presentation Fundacion Del Quemado

 








Operacion Sonrisa (Operation Smiles)


Operation Smiles is a non for profit foundation that specializes in correcting facial deformation of the lip and palate specifically with the intent of helping the individual talk normally. They have been operating in Colombia since 1988 and since 1994 under global Operation Smile foundation. In 2012 Operacion Sonrisa has performed more than 3,100 operations and it in entire history more than 21,000 operations.

Donations to Operacion Sonrisas will be predominantly used for surgical procedures.

Presentation Operacion Sonrisa






To make a donation please CLICK HERE for spanish to english directions. Then please send and email to Andres@ClimbForCololmbia.com to indicate your donation amount and to which foundation it was sent. If you don't send me an email I will not be notified of the donation. If you would not like your name on the donor list please let me know as well.

All donations over $30 will receive a letter from the respective charity for tax purposes.




The Climb: 

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African Continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level!

"The Kilimanjaro National Park shows that only 41% of trekkers actually reach the Uhuru summit with the majority turning around at Gilman’s Point, 300 metres (980 feet) short of Uhuru, or Stella Point, 200 (660 feet) meters short of Uhuru. Kilimanjaro is often underestimated because it can be walked and is not a technical climb. However, many mountaineers consider Kilimanjaro very physically demanding."

The expedition company selected is www.PeakPlanet.com. All the flights, and the expeditional  is booked and all the gear has been purchased!

There are several routes to the peak of Kilimanjaro, our expedition will take the Shira Route which is one of the less traveled and most scenic routes. The expedition will last 8 days and has between 50 and 60 hours of on your feet hiking and around 33miles/53km.





Friday, July 12, 2013

June 1, 2013


Recent changes to my work assignment in Egypt put me living in the US in October 2013, the time previously identified to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. As a result the climb has now been scheduled for the last week of July 2013.


Some detailed of the expedition have already been set!!

  • Climbing to start last week of July 2013
  • A detailed and through investigation of 14 different expedition company was performed. The decision has been made but I will make the announcement once everything is finalized. Company was selected based on:
    • Reputation
    • Safety
    • Fair treatment of expedition support crew/porters
    • Quality of gear
    • Quality of food
    • Overall value of services offered.
  • The expedition route has been selected: 8 day Lemosho route with a Western Breech approach to the summit!
  • Preliminary talks with the charities have begun and even some donations have been collected.
  • Team members. So far its just me 100% confirmed for the expedition, a couple of friends are deciding if they will be able to join. It will go on even if it is just me.
  • Cost of trip will be aprox $3,000 + gear rental + flights.
  • Post climb multi day safari in Tanzania optional.


Friends, if you are interested in taking part of this expedition please contact me for more information! I am looking for a few determined team members to climb the highest free standing mountain in the world with the intent of raising funds and awareness for underprivileged kids with disabilities in Colombia!

-AEGS
Andres@ClimbForColombia.com 


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Friends, family, fellow adventures, fellow activist and philanthropist, the time has come. Climb for Colombia will become a reality in 2013!



Climb for Colombia is a 100% for charity expedition to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro; the highest mountain on the African Continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level!

The goal of Climb for Colombia is to bring together a group of passionate and adventurous friends from all over the world to raise funds for some of the less fortunate kids of Colombia, while enjoying the adventure of a life time! Each expedition member will raise a minimum amount of funds that will be donated to a Colombian based kids charity.
The partner charity(s) and the minimum fundraising requirement will be announced at a later time.

All funds collected in the name of Climb for Colombia will go to the designated charity. Expedition members will completely fund their trip (expedition, transportation and food) personally.


The expedition will wake place the 2nd and 3rd week of October 2013. This time window brings together a number of  advantageous elements.

  • October is an ideal month to climb Kilimanjaro.
  • The 3rd week of October has a full moon.
  • October 14th is a federal holiday in the US, Colombia and Egypt.
The climb itself will last between 7 and 9 days using the Machame, Shira or Lemosho routes. The expedition guiding company and exact route has yet to be chosen. There will be also several options to take private group safaris before or after the climb in the Tanzania, Kenya and East Africa Regions. The Serengeti National park is very close by and considered one of the top African wildlife parks!

Make no mistake, this is not your easy hike. While no advanced technical climbing skills are required, Kilimanjaro has a summit success rate of less then 50%. To climb to 5,895 metres/19,341 feet it takes a lot of physical and mental will power. The good news is that almost any one can summit with the right conditioning! 
*"The Kilimanjaro National Park shows that only 41% of trekkers actually reach the Uhuru summit with the majority turning around at Gilman’s Point, 300 metres (980 feet) short of Uhuru, or Stella Point, 200 (660 feet) meters short of Uhuru. Kilimanjaro is often underestimated because it can be walked and is not a technical climb. However, many mountaineers consider Kilimanjaro very physically demanding."*

What happens next is up to you, either as a supporter or an expedition member! The climb will take place one way or another, the question is if you will be part of it!

Friends and family and potential sponsors, if you are interested in supporting this great cause and expedition please contact me at Andres@ClimbforColombia.com. There will be a limited time to take on new expedition members!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me, additionally check out www.UltimateKilimanjaro.com. Its a great website and one of the potential expedition tour guide companies we will use.

Stay tuned for more announcements and information!


Regards,
Andres Escobar


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Climb for Colombia. An expedition to the highest peak on the African continent; to benefit the kids of Colombia!

Under Construction, please check back soon for more information and how you can make a difference! Alternatively contact me to express your interest in participating.

-AEGS

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