Kili Divas Reach the Summit!
by Asimwe Suedi, Kisa Mentor, AfricAid Moshi Office
A team of 14 climbers from AfricAid (three Kisa Mentors, two Kisa Alumni and nine Kisa friends from Colorado) who named themselves ‘’KILI DIVAS’’ began their seven day hike on January, 18 2016 on Mt. Kilimanjaro. This was the first mountain climb for all five Tanzanian women, but luckily they had as much support from the rest of team members that any beginner would appreciate.
Enjoying looking at the beauty of the mountain, experiencing different challenges, sharing culture backgrounds, exchanging ideas, laughs, and accomplishing the goal were the most valuable moments each team member was happy for. Having supportive and caring tour guides and porters made the climb more enjoyable. The biggest challenge faced was weather where it rained continuously for three days which caused some trouble for the climbers, as well as wet gear. On the fourth day the sun came out and more gear was sent up the mountain. This was so helpful.
It feels good being at the top of Africa since Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. It wasn’t so good missing three team members at the top of Kilimanjaro, but the fact that they worked so hard to accomplish the goal made the team so proud of them. Big thanks to the AfricAid team for doing the mountain climb as it is an inspirational adventure. So many things that happened on the mountain will make this adventure the most memorable.