Kilimanjaro Initiative

Kilimanjaro Initiative


Kilimanjaro Initiative was founded in 2005 by Tim Challen, a UN official in Nairobi, Kenya, following an armed assault which nearly cost him his life.


After a long period of convalescence, Tim returned to East Africa with the desire to help create a better and safer urban environment.

So the Kilimanjaro Initiative was born, with the aim of encouraging young people to have confidence in themselves, empowering them by giving them the opportunity to play a constructive role within their communities.


Each year, the NGO organizes a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain on the African continent. The ascent shows how sport can be used as a tool for community development, bringing together various urban stakeholders, including young people and representatives from private and public sectors. The mountain reminds participants that to overcome difficulties, they must understand their environment, support each other and persevere.


In addition to the climb, Kilimanjaro Initiative raises funds for urban programs in Kenya and Tanzania. These projects focus on the role of youth groups, which actively contribute to the physical, economic and social development of their communities, and the renovation of infrastructures.


Peace and Sport is supporting the 2010 ascent of Kilimanjaro, which has the objective of highlighting the role of sport as a vehicle for peace and development.




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