About this blog

Akinyi is a young Kenyan woman working as Junior Executive Officer at the Auma Obama Sauti Kuu Foundation. The organization supports young people and their families through sustainable agro-solutions and mentoring, making them role models in their communities.

Akinyi will be writing a daily blog about the 10-day training camp for sponsored youth and the Mt Kilimanjaro climb. Read about Akinyi’s challenges and successes during this journey.

Climb day 5

Climb day 5

After leaving Mawenzi Tarn we made our way to Kibo Camp, at 4,700 meters. This was a long trek and felt like we were walking on mars. The vegetation was arid and desert-like – there were no trees in sight. Although we could see Kibo Camp, it never seemed to get any closer. It was […]

Climb day 4

Today we set off for Mawenzi, one more night of sleep till summit night! It has been so exciting the closer and closer we get to Uhuru Peak. I aim to beat my mum’s record! The only part that really scared me today was when we were about an hour from camp, it became extremely […]

Climb day 3

We arrived at Kikelelwa Camp in good spirits! Everyone seems to be acclimatizing really well to the high altitude so far. Every camp we have been to the mountain gets more and more beautiful. I especially enjoy the early mornings and seeing the sunrise, even though it’s really cold in the mornings. The mornings are […]

Climb day 2

The first night I slept like a baby and woke up early and saw the sunrise. Looking down and seeing across the Maasai plains was incredible. Then, if you turned around the view of Kibo and Mawenzi looked much closer than they really were. It was all quite spectacular! After breakfast we made our way […]

Climb day 1

Climb day 1

I woke up buzzing for the big day! I was so excited and ready for the mountain. It was basically a day of waiting since we were such a big team and basically went up with a small army of porters. As it got closer and closer to setting off for the climb, I was […]

Last preperations

Last preperations

The final night before we head out tomorrow for the mountain! I have a multitude of emotions as the reality of climbing is really starting to set in. I am nervous, excited and a little bit scared. But I am looking forward to seeing how I handle the climb. I’m so proud that I have […]

Seeds for the future

Seeds for the future

Today was a beautiful day! We went to Olkeria primary school and planted trees with the students. It was such a wonderful experience to speak with the students about their lives and their culture. It really makes me want to come back and work with them more. I hope that I get a chance to […]

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