I was amazed at how engaged my students were in Elia’s journeys. No other project ever inspired my students to write as much as when they wrote letters to Elia or responded to his blogs. As a teacher, it was exciting to have an authentic project to follow with my class that incorporated so many levels of learning
FindingLife is an interactive K-12 learning platform, founded by award-winning filmmaker Elia Saikaly, that combines adventure, technology, education and charitable initiatives to inspire positive change in youth.
From the safety of their teacher-supervised classrooms, students embark on real-time adventures and use social media technology to communicate and actively participate in our exciting expeditions. From the world’s tallest peaks to remote villages in Africa, students not only actively participate in unique learning opportunities, but they’re also able to make a tangible difference in the lives of others through fundraising campaigns coordinated by FindingLife.
Previous expeditions and campaigns have enabled students to raise money for a well in Kathmandu, classrooms in Kenya, an orphanage in India and most recently to build a new school in the village of Banakhu, Nepal after the 2015 Earthquake which tragically claimed over 8,000 lives.
FindingLife’s mission is to inspire positive change in youth by bringing the world right into their classrooms Our motto is: Educate. Inspire. Empower.
The students were caught up right from the beginning. Here was this young adventurer talking about the importance of setting goals and being true to oneself. The message resonated with our students and the
My experience with Elia and his expeditions provided the most meaningful learning and the most student engagement of anything we were ever part of. The connection that Elia is able to create with students provides a spark that takes learning to a new level.
People with albinism often face deep seated, sometimes deadly discrimination, especially in Africa. Often, they do not have the same opportunities for safety, education, health care and a future as others. Superstition and mistaken beliefs about albinism fuel this unequal treatment.
In October of 2018, Jane Waithera and award-winning filmmaker and high-alHtude mountaineer Elia Saikaly will lead a team of six East African women with albinism, and one mother with a child with albinism, represenHng the south, east, west and northern Africa, up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.
The stories of each parHcipant will be shared in a documentary for broadcast and film fesHvals, shared on social media, in the news prior to and during the actual climb, in virtual reality, through stunning 360 photos and through live broadcasts from the mountain.
“The Climb is a great way to show or remind people that we are here, autonomous and capable. Women with albinism deserve a chance to face and conquer such a challenge.” – Nodumo Ncomanzi – Climb for Albinism team member
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