The full team of the mission. From left to right. John, John, David, Mario, Khuram, Brenda and Juliaus. Mt Kenya is 5,199 mt (17,057 ft) high the second highest peak of Africa after Mt Kilimanjaro. The fellows targeted Point Lenana (4,985 metres (16,355 ft).

Photo of the Week: 3 good reasons to climb a mountain

The full team of the mission. From left to right. John, John, David, Mario, Khuram, Brenda and Juliaus. Mt Kenya is 17,057 ft, high the second highest peak of Africa after Mt. Kilimanjaro. The fellows targeted Point Lenana (16,355 ft).

Last month, three Acumen Fund Global Fellows from the Class of 2011 decided to reach new heights. Inspired by the principles of Generosity Day proposed by Sasha Ditcher, Khuram, Brenda, and Mario embarked on a four day climb of Mt. Kenya to support three charitable causes close to their heart.

The Climbers and their motivations

Mario decided to raise money for an organization that aims to provide scholarships for young leaders in Least Developed Countries.

I have been very lucky in having a scholarship to go to graduate school, without this act of generosity I would probably not be part of this fellowship now. I want to use this occasion to give back.

Brenda, during her fellowship assignment in Hyderabad, fell in love with an orphanage and decided to dedicate her climb to supporting these children.

I love spending time and playing with the kids. I believe these children deserve the same family warmth that I had the privilege to enjoy. That is why I have chosen them.”

Khuram decided to fundraise to support the relief effort for Japan after the natural disaster that affected the country in March.

I come from Pakistan and after the flood we had last year I empathize with the terrible situation Japan is facing now.

Why three causes?

The Fellows believe in difference and in choice. Each of their causes represents a different way they’d like to express their generosity.

Did they all make it to the peak?

As part of the fellowship program, all ten Acumen Fund Fellows gathered for their midyear meeting in Nairobi in early April, creating the perfect opportunity for this mission!

The three fellows have been posting reflections about the full journey on www.re-creaction.org, and plan to share more pictures, videos, and thoughts from their journey toward the peak.

Mario Ferro is an Acumen Fund Global Fellow in the Class of 2011, working in Bihar, India with Husk Power Systems. Check out his personal blog, “Imagine there is no…”


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