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.
This October a team of six African women with albinism are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to demonstrate that they are powerful, capable and inspirational role models to women around the world.
You are invited to join this special journey as the climbers makes their way towards Africa’s highest peak. This website has been created to allow you to follow the team’s progress through video updates, interactive maps, blog posts, photos, 360 images, and more. You can even sent the climbers questions and will be provided opportunities to interact with them during the climb.
THE GOALS OF THIS EXPEDITION:
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania has been conquered by thousands of climbers, but never by a team like this. In September 2018, with the support and leadership of Elia Saikaly and his team at FindingLife, our team of African women with albinism will climb to the highest peak on the continent.
The climb is a global platform to amplify our voices from Africa’s highest peak to challenge the stigma associated with albinism. We will be speaking not just for ourselves but also for the future generations of people with albinism, so that they may be given equal opportunities, dignity and respect.
Our campaign includes the creation of a documentary, real-time social media content produced from the mountain, live hits, a fundraising campaign supported by our charitable partners and a shared experience with the public on via traditional social media channels.
Despite the hardship many have faced we are powerful, capable and inspirational role models to women around the world. Simply by being women with albinism living in Africa, we have climbed mountains before. Now we are conquering Mount Kilimanjaro to open limitless doors and show others that they can do the same.