Father and Son Climb Kilimanjaro to Help African Children

02/07/14

George Faucher has a dream—to help children in Uganda by climbing Africa’s highest mountain. Today, he and his son, Aaron, will begin an eight-day journey to scale Mount Kilimanjaro. They’re using the trip as a way of raising money to help Children of the Nations (COTN) send much-needed supplies to Africa.

 
George (right) and Aaron (left) have been training for this climb since Sept
George (right) and Aaron (left) have been training for this climb since September by going to the gym and hiking in the mountains around the New England area.
 
The money George raises will help cover the cost of shipping a 40-foot container full of supplies from Boston to Uganda. “Doing what I love and using it as a means of helping and contributing, that’s what it’s all about,” George says of the trip. With the help of family, friends, and coworkers, George has already raised $3,250—a number he hopes will continue to grow as he climbs to “The Roof of Africa.” 
 
Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, which borders Uganda
Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, which borders Uganda. The tallest mountain in Africa, at 19,341 feet above sea level, it is nicknamed “The Roof of Africa.”
 
COTN’s long-term goal is for its in-country programs to be self-sufficient. But until then, sending shipping containers is critical for meeting the daily needs of the children in each of the five countries where COTN serves. This shipment to Uganda will be carrying meals, hygiene supplies, clothes, blankets, flashlights, and more.
 
George and his wife, Suzanne, first learned about COTN through a meal packaging event at their church, just outside of Boston. “COTN’s initiative in Uganda really struck a chord with us,” says George. They were already familiar with the challenges facing children in Uganda, because Aaron spent a summer providing medical care there with another organization. The Fauchers say they were excited by the way COTN’s approach meets the immediate needs of the children while also promoting long-term change for the country. 
 
Uganda has been torn apart by poverty and war, but thanks to partners like you,
Uganda has been torn apart by poverty and war, but thanks to partners like you, children are receiving the care they need in order to grow, thrive, and transform their nation!
 
The Fauchers knew they wanted to help, so they signed up to sponsor a child in Uganda. Then they asked COTN’s New England Community Representative, Heidi Hearn, what else they could do. When Heidi mentioned that she wanted to ship a container of supplies to Uganda, they quickly volunteered to help. 
 
This shipping container to Uganda will be a huge blessing the children
This shipping container to Uganda will be a huge blessing the children and staff in Uganda, including George and Suzanne’s sponsored child, Lakeri!
 
George hopes that someday soon he and Suzanne will be able to go on a Venture Trip to Uganda and maybe, if they time it right, help unload the container. “I’m envisioning the day when the container arrives, and the joy it will bring the people,” he says. 
 
It’s not too late! Help George reach his goal of shipping much-needed supplies to Uganda!
And find out what sponsoring a child is all about.