I love hearing about people who do creative things to fight human trafficking. Right now a group of women is getting prepared to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, with the purpose of raising funds and awareness to combat modern day slavery and exploitation. As described on The Freedom Climb website:
Women from across the globe will begin their ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on January 11, 2012, the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the U.S. Climbers will be raising awareness, prayers, and finances for women and children being oppressed, enslaved, exploited and trafficked. The Freedom Climb goal for 2012 is to affect the lives of 10,000 women through projects that break the cycles of poverty, shame, slavery, and despair. These projects include micro-loans, education, skills training, and protection from exploitation.
Why Mt. Kilimanjaro? The highest mountain in Africa, its summit is known as Uhuru Peak. Uhuru is the Swahili word for freedom. Climbing Kilimanjaro is symbolic of the huge climb to freedom faced daily by millions of enslaved women and children worldwide.
Women climbing for women. Beautiful.
One of the climbers, Regine Huettner, has a friend back home who is using her skills to raise some money for the cause. Hairstylist Nikki Fairlie is offering feathered hair extensions to clients in Welland, Ontario. For a minimum donation of $2 per feather to help support the Freedom Climb, Fairlie will give you feathered hair extensions – which are suitable for all ages and most hair lengths. Nikki is a great example of what it looks like to use your skills and ideas to do support the fight against human trafficking!
If you are in the Welland area, call Nikki at 289-820-9662 to book an appointment! The climb is taking place this week, and Nikki’s offer last until January 16.
For more information, read this Welland Tribune article, check out the Freedom Climb website, or the Feather for Freedom facebook page. If you want to support Regine in her climb but can’t make it out to Welland, you can sponsor her here. Check out the rest of the team’s profiles here. Regine & team, we are so excited for your climb this week and are cheering you on!