Date Posted: October 9th, 2012
Pongezi means “congratulations” in Swahili. Our courageous Kili climbers deserve a big pongezi for successfully reaching the rooftop of Africa, also known as Uhuru Peak, on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
From September 12-19, 2012, our four Kili Climb 2012 team members, Nelly Bassily, Blythe McKay, Gizaw Shibru and Japhet Emmanuel, spent eight days on the mountain, using the Lemosho route to reach the summit. As they climbed, they sent audio updates, posted pictures on Facebook and tweeted about their journey (using #KiliClimb2012 on Twitter).
Of course, our Kili climbers could not have made it to the summit without the amazing support of their team of wagumu (the Swahili word for porters), and their guide, Patrick Marwa, who always reminded them to go pole pole (which means “go slowly” in Swahili).
Not only did they reach the summit, but they managed to exceed their fundraising goal of 5000 dollars.
To hear the team’s audio updates from the mountain, click here: http://donate.farmradio.org
To see the journey in pictures, go to: https://plus.google.com/u/1/photos/110249213240649710263/albums/5790236159624991361