MEET OUR YOUTH CLIMBERS
20 years old, USAMy 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.
23 years old, KenyaI 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.
25 years old, KenyaI 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, TanzaniaI 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.