MOUNT KILIMANJARO, Tanzania – Ten Americans, fighting heat, humidity and blisters, are scaling Africa’s highest mountain as part of a CARE campaign to draw attention to the plight of the world’s poor.
This climb is CARE’s fifth annual expedition, but the first for which the international relief and development group has made it possible for Internet users to track the climbers’ daily progress on CARE’s Web site.
The climb symbolizes the group’s goal of ending world hunger and poverty “one step at a time.” CARE, founded in the aftermath of World War II, works in partnership with community leaders in 60 countries. Last year, the group reported it directly improved the lives of more than 25 million people.
Each member of the climbing team is asked to raise $10,000 for CARE from individual and corporate donations. The climbers set off from the base of Mount Kilimanjaro Thursday and spent the night at a camp about 12,300 feet high. The trip to the summit at 19,340 feet is expected to take six days.
The climb team consists of four women and six men, ranging from high-tech professionals to physicians. Participants are from Georgia, California, Washington, Oregon and Pennsylvania.