For a child living in the developing world, poverty looms like a mountain: immense, impassable, immovable. When a child is sponsored, however, all of that changes. With a sponsor in their corner, obstacles can be overcome. Twenty-three One Child Matters' sponsors and team leaders set out to do that very thing for a child in need.
On September 19th, our climbers traveled to Kenya to meet their sponsored child and prepare to take on a challenge that was unequalled: climbing the highest freestanding mountain in the world at more 19,341 feet. You might think that standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro would be the highlight of the trip—but it was easily matched by the joy the climbers experienced when they met their sponsored child. Knowing that they were climbing for their sponsored child gave them the strength and courage that they needed during the most grueling days of the climb.
This incredible journey was captured on video so that everyone can experience a piece of the adventure. We are so proud of our climbers and so thankful for the blessing that they are to their child—a child who knows that someone is in their corner, ready to help them overcome the obstacles they face.
They’ve got hearts bigger than Kilimanjaro – meet our adventurers and the children whose lives will change because of their climb!
For a child living in the developing world, poverty looms
like a mountain: immense, impassable, immovable. You'll have a greater understanding of that as you trek up Kilimanjaro. Your efforts will help pave the way for a child to rise above their circumstances. Are you ready to make a difference?
Each year, 40,000 people attempt to climb Kilimanjaro. And each year, we partner with like-hearted sponsors to make an eternal difference in the lives of 40,000 children in 16 countries around the world.
One Child Matters exists to eliminate the obstacles poverty places in the life of a child.
The children in our programs -- if given the chance -- can go on to break the cycle of poverty in their families, communities, and world.
With your help, we can develop life-giving world changers, one child at a time.
Are you in?
Extreme poverty is an overwhelming global problem.
Fortunately, we know a solution that’s proven incredibly effective.
Life-changing, even. Start with one child, and sponsor them toward a brighter future. If you want to know what sponsorship is all about, there's someone we'd like you to meet.