Christian Newswire/ 02 MAR 2015 – As the Freedom Climb starts up Mt Kilimanjaro to fight human trafficking by raising awareness, and raising funds for 55 ending slavery OM projects, they pause to applaud US Committee passage of the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act 2015 and support Shine A Light on Slavery Day.
“On this eve of our ascent up the world’s highest freestanding mountain we are further fueled for our 7-day Freedom Climb by the unanimous passage of the End Slavery Act by the U.S. Foreign Relations Committee,” said Tina Yeager, Freedom Climber and Freedom Climb US Director. “To know that we are climbing to be the voice of those with no voice in this world — the enslaved and exploited — and that our overall goal is joined by others, such as Senators Bob Corker and Robert Menendez, is in one word — inspiring.”
The Freedom Climbers are currently in Arusha, Africa, starting their climb to free the enslaved on February 28 up the highest freestanding mountain in the world — Mt. Kilimanjaro. They’ll reach the 20,000 foot summit on March 5. The overall Climb will take 7 days.
Freedom Climb was conceived and launched by Californian Cathey Anderson. What started as a vision has become a global movement, with climbs all over the world. “Human trafficking, slavery and exploitation are a worldwide epidemic,” says Anderson. “It’s a problem in our own back yard. We celebrate and support efforts to combat trafficking nationally and locally. Freedom Climb attacks the problem at the source – in countries where women and children are most vulnerable.”
Over their seven days on Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Freedom Climbers will face strong African heat at the base and adverse minus-20 degrees at the nearly 20,000 foot Summit. “Our Freedom Climbers’ comparably small sacrifices of giving up home comforts, vacations and time with families pales in comparison to the suffering of the enslaved and exploited,” added Yeager.
The Freedom Climbers will return home March 9 with many experiences to share.
“The Wasie Foundation’s and the Freedom Climb’s purpose is to be a voice for the voiceless; for those who cannot declare freedom in their lives and climb out of their circumstances on their own,” said Jen Klaassens, Vice President of Programs at The Wasie Foundation. “The climb is merely a symbolic gesture of what women and children around the world go through every single day. It symbolizes their arduous climb to freedom.”
Operation Mobilization’s Freedom Climb has taken women to Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa and Mt. Everest, Asia to support their mission to end human trafficking. The Freedom Climb is a project of Operation Mobilization, (OM) a Christian missions organization which supports at-risk women and children, specifically those who are exploited, enslaved, oppressed and trafficked. OM works with the most marginalized and least reached people in the world with 6,100 workers from 100 nations, serving in 118 countries.
For further information please visit www.thefreedomclimb.net