US military veterans climb Mount Kilimanjaro to take advantage of clean water

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Twelve American military veterans and professional athletes climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise funds for the supply of clean water to approximately one million people in different parts of the world.

The six-day “Conquering Kili” trek started on Tuesday last week, the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) said in a statement. The goal of the Conquering Kili trekking mission was to enable current and former athletes, military veterans, and clean water advocates in the United States of America to come together for collective impact and better communities. by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and raising funds to build a sustainable water well.

It all started with Green Beret and former Seattle Seahawk Nate Boyer joining Chris Long in challenging combat veterans and National Football League (NFL) alumni to join them in a new mission – that of conquering the highest peak. of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Each new Conquering Kili class has accepted the challenge to embark on the summit.

The hike to the top represents the miles traveled daily by many African women to fetch water for their families.

While training for the climb, each team member worked to raise funds and transform communities through the donation of clean water.

As an example, Well Site No. 20 is located at Sanya Station in the Kilimanjaro region and was completed in October 2017. This well serves 7,500 Maasai villagers and produces 10,000 liters of water per hour . This well was funded by the 2017 Conquering Kili class. This saved the villagers an 8 km trip to their old water source, which equates to 1,643,104 annual hours saved.

“Availability of clean water in the village will help people spend more time on other development activities, which will have a direct impact on the effects of waterborne diseases and on the social well-being of all community,” said village resident Sanya Station.

Participants in this year’s Conquering Kili included Calder Kegley, Colin Anderson, David Aberg, Erin Baskin and Joe Pompliano as well as Joe Witte, Jordan Heath, Kerry Rock, Scott Hardesty, Shane Harris and Shawn Carter.

According to Ms Nancy Hopkins, Executive Director of the Chris Long Foundation, of which Conquering Kili is their Clean Water Initiative, the group reached Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, on February 26, 2022, and were back in the tourist town of northern Tanzania. Arusha on February 27.

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