Dreamers & Doers: A Book Celebrating Adventure and Opportunity For Women Worldwide
This is the world’s first book of stories written by women of various nationalities, age groups, religious and cultural backgrounds who have successfully climbed Kilimanjaro. It didn’t matter who we are or where we come from – each person felt equal; we shared similar feelings, emotions and spirit. The mountain encourages us to reveal or internal strength and our weaknesses alike. This is how we learn who we are. We are so similar but yet so different.
In March 2013 (photos at bottom of page), a group of 10 women from around the world, including myself, climbed Kilimanjaro to kick off the Dreamers & Doers project and raise funds for the cause. You can read previous posts about why I’m supporting this cause and how I felt right before the climb. Now, 6 months later, we finally reap the fruits of our labor with the publishing of our first book, “Dreamers & Doers.” I hope you can support our book launch by buying a copy for yourself here for only £50. For every copy of Dreamers & Doers sold, a textbook will be donated to Tanzanian schools, through the work of Impatiens Kilimanjari Foundation. You can find more info about the book contents below. (Note: Those of you who’d previously donated more than £50 on my Fund.ly page will get a copy – please email me your mailing address!)
Publication Date: September 2013
PRESS CONTACT: Katrina Sokk, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dreamers & Doers is a book of essays by over 50 women from around the world who have all climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, organized by women’s outdoors organization Ladies Trekking Club. These are their stories of inspiration, life-changing moments, and acts of kindness. The book aims to inspire girls and women to achieve their biggest dreams while supporting educational opportunities for Tanzanian children.
Among the women who have contributed essays:
- Debbie Bachmann, who holds the women’s world record for the fastest ascent up Kilimanjaro
- Brigitte Muir, the first Australian woman to summit Mt. Everest
- Samantha Larson, the youngest person to have climbed the Seven Summits
- Tess Burrows, author of “Cry From The Highest Mountain”
- Theresia Ismaili Majuka, the first Maasai woman to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and member of Ladies Trekking’s March 2013 summit trip
- Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman to summit Mt. Everest
- Alison Levine, author of “On the Edge: The Art of High Impact Leadership.”
- Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka (MP), Minister of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development of the United Republic of Tanzania; Retired United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Immediate Former Executive Director, UN- HABITAT
- Yours truly, a passionate entrepreneur who’s just trying to give back…
For every copy of Dreamers & Doers sold, a textbook will be donated to Tanzanian schools, through the work of the Impatiens Kilimanjari Foundation. Click here for more information about the schools. The organizers are also looking for PR, agent or distribution help with publicizing the book. Please contact me if you can help!
The organization is hosting another climb to Kilimanjaro and book launch in Tanzania to raise further funds for the cause and would like to invite you to join them for the week from November 23-26, 2013. Here are details of the BOOK LAUNCH – FUNDRAISER WEEKEND and TRAVEL PROGRAM – Kilimanjaro Trekking (Lemosho Route) if you’re interested. You can also reach out to me directly if you’d like to learn more about how to participate.
“I have trekked Kilimanjaro five times and I made it to the Roof of Africa every time I was there. I can say from my own experience that all these times have changed my life. The people that we are at home and at work get left behind, and a new side of us emerges on the mountain. The strength and will people have is admirable. Sitting comfortably at home, we often shy away from even the smallest effort and then wonder why our dreams and goals don’t come true. On the mountain, we have a common goal – to get to the top. The decision to go there is already commendable. Only 75% of those who set off reach the 5,895 m Uhuru Peak. Altitude sickness, weather, wrong equipment, etc., can hold you back. But it’s not giving up; it’s getting to know yourself.” ~Janika Vaikjärv, Founder of Ladies Trekking Club and Impatiens Kilimanjari Foundation
At 5,895 meters (19,341 feet), Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest peak in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world. It’s also possible to climb it without technical mountaineering experience, making it a lifelong dream for many people around the world.
Situated in northern Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is also surrounded by the ancestral lands of the Maasai people, who have struggled to keep their semi-nomadic lifestyle intact in the wake of rapid modernization and whose girls and women remain largely uneducated as a result of this economic difficulty and marginalization. There are also many rural villages where schools lack running water, electricity, and adequate classroom supplies for students. In Tanzania, more than 400,000 children lack access to a proper education, and 70% of them are girls.
Dreamers & Doers aims to further the mission of cross-cultural goodwill and inspiration by donating textbooks to these northern Tanzanian schools as a “thank you” from the women who have been inspired, motivated, and challenged by Kilimanjaro and its spectacular surrounding region.
About Ladies Trekking Club
- Ladies Trekking Club is an international organization of women who love the outdoors and believe in giving back to the beautiful places that inspire and challenge them. Since 2010, Ladies Trekking has organized trips to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro designed to benefit girls’ education in northern Tanzania.
- LTC supports the education of 10 Maasai girls plus all the textbooks for 4 local schools. Click here to see the clip about these 10 girls.
About Impatiens Kilimanjari Foundation
- Impatiens Kilimanjari is the charitable arm of Ladies Trekking, founded to make it possible for donors around the world to support the mission of “everyone has a right to education.”
- By developing a unique connection with Tanzanian locals, Impatiens Kilimanjari is able to work directly with schools to provide the textbooks that they need as well as scholarships for high-achieving girls to be able to attend secondary school.
- Impatiens Kilimanjari has been accredited by CAFAmerica to facilitate tax- deductible and corporate donations in the United States.