Hi and welcome to my fundraising page!
My name is Matt Weinbaum. I live and work in New York and this summer I'm climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for a great cause - Seeds of Peace.
Founded in 1993, Seeds of Peace is a peacebuilding youth organization. As its main program, the organization brings youth from areas of conflict to its international summer camp in Maine. It also provides regional programming to support Seeds of Peace graduates, known as Seeds, once they return home. Its mission is to empower youth from conflict regions to work for a better future.
I'm an attorney by trade, so naturally I'm a bit more risk averse than most. That said, it has always been a dream of mine to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro. Some of my reasons for the trek are personal. I want to see and experience one of the wonders of the world, while acknowledging that do so I have to travel far from home and attempt something (ascend to 19,000+ feet) that is, admittedly, out of my element. If all goes as planned, I should reach the roof of Africa on July 4th.
In that way, Seeds of Peace is a logical partner for my trek. The Seeds who spend their summer at the international camp encounter "the enemy" in a non-confrontational setting and are taught the skills necessary to take the risks to effectuate change in their communities; to stand up to those seeking to perpetuate the status quo and bring leadership to difficult situations in hopes of creating a lasting peace in the regions they live. What could be a more noble cause to support and bring awareness to than that?
My goal is to raise $1,000 for Seeds of Peace. I hope you'll help me reach that goal.
Thanks in advance for your support.