KI CLIMB 2016

The 2016 climb celebrated KI's 10th anniversary and continued to underline how young women and men play a vital role in the positive development of our communities. As for each of its annual climbs, KI selected ten young women and men from Kenya, Tanzania and the USA to take part in a 10-day youth leadership camp at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro and will walk with them to the summit of Africa. The young persons were selected through partner organizations in their respective countries and they all share a common thread: They have had to fight to do good in their communities, either by being positive role models and working with their peers; or by overcoming social challenges that had lead them into various hardships. The climb has 3 main purposes: To organize an incredible experience that will not only inspire the youth taking part in the adventure, but also their friends and fellow organization member back home; to create a platform where youth can exchange ideas on social development and from where thy can reach their aspirations (many past youth climbers have gone on to get scholarships or gained employment) ; and to raise awareness and funds for KI youth-based and youth-owned community projects.

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Maureen
Maureen Adisa

24 years old, Kenya

My name is Maureen Adisa and I am 24 years old. I was born and raised in the Soweto East Village of Kibera slum, Nairobi. I went to both primary and secondary school in Kibera. I sat for my Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in 2006 and 2010 respectively. I was not able to immediately proceed to college due to lack of school fees. My family is very poor and my parents can’t afford to pay for my college fees since they have to also pay secondary school fees for my younger siblings. I have been working with various community groups, specifically to help teenage girls who are involved with drugs and have children. I am a beneficiary of the KI Psycho-Social Support Program, initiated to help my fellow youth and I to cope with post-traumatic stress. The project has helped me a lot. I am a youth leader in my area.
Mazi Brickous
Mazi 'Storm' Brickous

25 years old, USA

I was born and raised in Queens, New York. In High School, I was adopted by my long term mentor Eli Linthicum who has turned over an entirely new leaf for my life. I have high aspirations to succeed and reside in San Diego California. I'm a full time student by day at a small private school called Stevenson University, which is located in Owings Mills Maryland. While at Stevenson University, I study Criminal Justice in hopes to become a drug enforcement administration agent also know as the D.E.A. By night I'm a laid back kid who loves to play basketball in hopes to someday make it big and play in the NBA, but for now I keep the athletic talents flowing. My biggest goal in life is to have a steady career in Law Enforcement. I’m a happy person who loves to listen and give advice so talk to me and I will respond.
Nielsie Edouard
Nielsie Edouard

20 years old, USA

My name is Nielsie Edouard. I was born in Île de la Gonâve, Haiti, in 1995, as the youngest of 3 children. Although I was raised in Brooklyn, New York, I can speak fluent French and Créole. I currently attend Nyack College, majoring in Social Work and minoring in French. I am interning at Safe Horizon Brooklyn Community Program (a counseling and mediation program for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other acts of violence), and occasionally I work for Creative Artworks as one of their youth employees. My ultimate goal is to become a social worker and eventually work for the Legal Aid Society. I believe social work is my calling in life and it’s my duty to advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. Outside of social work, I have a passion for dance. Dance allows me to express myself in ways words can’t and it allows me to cope with the many obstacles that life may throw at me. And I think it’s also amazing that I can use that gift to have an effect on other and empower them.
Safari Makau
Safari Makau

23 years old, Kenya

I am third born in a family of ten, living in Kibera slum. Life in Kibera hasn’t been easy for us because our parents had to struggle to bring us up. They lived from hands to mouth, which led us to depend on ourselves at a young age. We collected firewood, nails, metals bones and plastic tins in the streets and along the river on order to get money for food and other daily needs. School fees was another crisis to our parents. Although they tried to keep us in school, we were regularly sent home for lack of school fees. Our elder brother couldn’t continue with school, he joined other street boys who indulged in drugs until he died in a car accident in 2010. I got a sponsor for my high school, . My parents tried to help me get to college but it didn’t happen. I needed to do something constructive, I joined Trinity Boxing Club under sponsorship of Kilimanjaro Initiative. I realized that boxing could be of great help to my future, through discipline and hard work.
David Malick
David Malick

19 years old, USA

My name is David Malik, I was born and raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York. I live with my mom and sister. I currently work for Advantage Sales and Marketing, where my duties consist of cooking and customer service inside Bj's located in Brooklyn. I have a beautiful daughter who goes by the name of Nyla, she is my pride and joy - her mothers name is Tyiara. On my alone time away from my family, I am with my second love, my music- Yes I am also a hip hop artist. I write and record music, perform at shows all over New York City, with a few of my main supporters. My goal is to make great music for the world and open the minds of many. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a door that has been opened for me to share with my family and friends - this feeling is unbelievable.
Sarapia Massawa
Sarapia Massawa

19 years old, Tanzania

I am an only child from the Chagga tribe in Tanzania. I come from a village called Arisi, Marangu, which is on the South-Eastern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. I was educated to Form IV level (O’level) at Darajani Secondary School in Marangu, but I was not selected to continue to A Levels. I have applied to go to College but have not yet had a response. I am currently at home helping my parents on their smallholding, where I help to look after the animals, grow vegetables and help with other tasks around the home. My dream is to be an animal doctor or nurse. I am a member of the Rotaract Club of Marangu and take part in community activities arranged by this club, and also by our Mother club, the Rotary Club of Marangu.
Haggin Ndinyo
Haggin Ndinyo

25 years old, Kenya

I am from a family of eight - I am raised with both parents in a village called Kawangware, Nairobi. After primary scholl in Nairobi, I was transferred to another school (Akiba Schools) where I sat for my KCPE exam in 2008. After, I joined a mentorship program in an organization (Light & Power Centre). I was involved in making gift bags which was like a source of income to me. My parents were not in a financial position to take me to college. I had to do some savings so that I could pay my college fees. I managed to save for a course in Music (Piano) which I did to grade four. lso, I am supporting young children in our community and I meet with them every Saturday. I have been able to transform the life of some youth in our community. I'm currently doing a course of Music Production in Kamata School of Music and have a goal of teaching at the Kenya Conservatory of Music.
David Allen Nyaki

26 years old, Tanzania

I am from the Chagga tribe which lives at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. I live with my parents and siblings, in a village called Arisi I was educated to Form IV level (O level) at Darajani Secondary School in Marangu. After this, my parents sent me to a Safari Guides course in Moshi, where I did a one year certificate course to become a Tour Guide. I was unable to find a job as a guide with a tour company and since then I have been working as a cultural tourism day trip guide, in Marangu. I show visitors areas of local interest and explain our way of life. In 2012, I returned to school to undertake a one year course in Journalism and Mass Communication. After this I volunteered with Kili FM Radio Station, in Moshi, in order to gain experience. My dream is to become a Tour Guide and to take visitors to our national parks, and perhaps also on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Kevin Okumi
Kevin Okumu

23 years old, Kenya

I was born in Nairobi in 1992, where I went to a school called Dandora Primary School. I was living with my parents and my three siblings. The bigger challenge in my life was in 2007 when my father passed away. This happened when I was finishing my last exam paper in Primary School. My mother suddenly had difficulty to provide for our daily needs in Nairobi. We had to go back to our village in Siaya. The situation forced me to repeat class eight, in order to join high school - altough there were multiple issues in raisning school fees. Peer pressure from friends adversely affected me and at some point I was expelled from school. I got admitted in a local school when I did my High school Exams. During my primary school I was the football best player and I got a medal. This is where I decided to join Sauti Kuu as a youth. I am currently volunteering at Sauti kuu as a football coach - I have learnt a lot at this position. Following our Sauti kuu motto “use what you got to get what you need”, I have promised myself that I will use what I have to get what I need in the future.
Shakila Omulisia
Shakila Omulisia

25 years old, Kenya

I went to school in Mumias central from ECD to standard 8. I then joined Muslim girls where I sat for my KCSE exams. I then joined Thogoto teachers college for early childhood training but I didn’t complete due to lack of school fees. I'm a single parent of a daughter. I was brought up by my mother who also worked as a house help. Later I joined korogocho youth Parliament. I am member of 'link the hidden treasure' and I am the secretary. We have an outside catering and we also do beads making and printing. We earn little amounts that we save and use some money for our family, which makes us not to grow. I like reciting the holy Quran, watching Peace TV, socializing with young kids, friends, people with special needs, vulnerable and people with HIV to help them accept their status and to be accepted positively in their community. We have been partnering with KI since 2013. I would wish to fight poverty, prostitution and religious intolerance, to be a mother of those who are neglected by communities or their parents.
Previous climbs
2015 KI climb