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In the heart of Africa, surrounded by plains, wildlife, and vibrant cultures, stands Mt. Kilimanjaro. Its snowy peak pierces the sky in Tanzania as it casts a gorgeous silhouette against the African horizon. But beyond its size, how does the height and beauty of Mt. Kilimanjaro symbolize Africa’s strength?  

What is Kilimanjaro’s Height? 

Mt. Kilimanjaro stands at an elevation of 19,341 feet (5,895 meters), which is Africa’s highest peak. It is the world’s largest free-standing mountain made up of three separate volcanic formations, which are named Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. While none of them are active, Kibo is dormant, so it has the possibility of eruption. However, Mawenzi and Shira are extinct. 

A Mountain of Greatness 

The names throughout Mt. Kilimanjaro hold a significant weight of their own. Let’s breakdown these names and what they mean: 

Just as Kilimanjaro stands strong in many climates, the people of Africa do too. In the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, communities struggle with the harsh realities of poverty and despair. As the continent faces some of the worst crises, the people continue to confront adversity and fight for change, fueled by the hope of a better tomorrow. Child Legacy International recognizes this resilience and channels its initiatives towards uplifting communities and creating sustainable change. We partner with these communities to provide them with vital resources like clean water, healthcare, and education. Through empowerment and sustainable development, we aim to help break the cycle of poverty and create pathways to prosperity. 

A Symbol of Hope 

For centuries, Kilimanjaro has served as a symbol of hope and inspiration for those who call Africa home. Its strong presence reminds us of the heights that can be reached through perseverance and unity. Similarly, Child Legacy embodies this spirit of hope, working tirelessly to empower individuals and communities in Malawi and Zimbabwe to overcome adversity and build brighter futures. 

Empowering Communities, Changing Lives 

Our partners, staff, and Board of Directors make sure that our initiatives are focused on individual empowerment and building local participation in solutions to hunger and generational poverty. Our extensive deployment of renewable energy solutions also sets our work apart and makes it more effective. Renewable energy allows CLI to serve areas previously considered unreachable. We build wind and solar systems that produce reliable, cost-effective power in communities that can’t be reached by the national grid, making our facilities possible. We give a hand up, not a hand-out. These programs are designed to create lasting change from the ground up. 

Clean Water Climb, Sponsor a Legacy 

Mt. Kilimanjaro stands as a symbol of Africa’s strength and resilience, a reminder that even in the face of adversity, hope prevails. Child Legacy shares this hope through our work in rural communities. We are proud to partner with Clean Water Climb, a nonprofit that raises funds and awareness for the global need for clean water. They climb Kilimanjaro and other mountains worldwide to demonstrate the enormity of the challenge to bring clean, safe water to all, specifically climbing to support Child Legacy’s clean water well repair program in Malawi.  

Child Legacy International invites you to join us in our mission to transform lives and break the cycle of poverty in Africa. Together, we can harness the spirit of Kilimanjaro to uplift communities, inspire change, and create a future where everyone can thrive.