Climbing for Kakuma (or Klimmen Voor Kakuma in Dutch) was born in 2017 when I started to climb mountains to raise funds for the Kakuma Project. In the previous years I had to undergo 21 surgeries, most of them due to severe hip dysplasia. I was and I still am, so grateful for all the second chances I got and I wanted to do something for children who might not even get a first chance to use their potential. Being a teacher of refugee students (who often had limited or no access to education in their homecountry) myself, I see the importance of having quality education every single day. Project Kakuma offers – with the help of 429 voluntary teachers – free quality education to thousands of children in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya.
Climbing for Kakuma started with a single climb, the second edition involved 2 climbs of the Mont Ventoux.
This year the adventure was supposed to start at my place in Belgium. Together with my dog Cosmo I planned to cycle all the way op to my beloved mountain in France. Corona virus made it impossible to continue original plans….but 21 surgeries and a broken arm didn’t stop me from climbing the Ventoux, so not giving up now either. August 12 I will climb the Ventoux again and we will also have a Klimmen Voor Kakuma pre event, August 1. Together with my refugee student Mohammad and his sister we will cycle 100 km to raise funds for refugee students in Kakuma.