Why We're Doing Epic Shit
After opening a home and school for orphans in Kenya and working in the country for five years, I founded Expedition Everest to support Kenya's first climber on the world's tallest mountain. Kenyan entreprenuer Steve Obbayi will represent his country and inspire all Kenyans to reach for their dreams when we climb Mount Everest in spring 2014.
Steve's passion and drive has already attracted the attention of Toilet Hackers, a non-profit dedicated to providing access to dignified sanitation to the 2.5 billion people without a toilet. After Toilet Hackers completed its first ground project in Kenya this past summer, installing latrines at a school north of Nairobi, where Steve lives, he accepted the challenge to lead the non-profit's Do Epic Shit campaign. Without the support of those willing to perservere through an epic challenge, the world's global sanitation issues cannot be solved.
As Steve and I train for Everest — we've tackled Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro together already and will climb Mount Aconcagua soon — we'll also be "talking shit" to help support Toilet Hackers' continued sanitation projects in Kenya.
All the training and shit talking in the world won't get Steve up the mountain or give every Kenyan access to improved sanitation. We need your help. Your investment will cover Steve's expenses to climb Everest (travel, gear, guides and supplies), and fund Toilet Hackers' sanitation program in Kibera, Nairobi's largest slum. For every meter Steve and I climb on Everest, Toilet Hackers will provide hygiene education and access to sanitary hand washing facilities to two people living in Kibera. With Everest standing at 8,850 meters, that's nearly 18,000 people living healthier lives in Kenya.
The Do Epic Shit Impact
I'm not sure you can measure the impact a role model has on the world. Steve's mother taught him to fight for everything he wanted to achieve. The resilience and determination she instilled in him has been evident since the day I met him. He's always said being a role model is not about being anyone special, but about being a simple person with a passion that drives you forward to fulfill your dreams. Steve has that drive in spades and his achievements on Everest, whether we reach the summit or not, will set an example for all Kenyans who have stopped short of reaching for their dreams.
For the Kenyans living in Kibera, a slum housing upwards of one million people, the impact of Steve's Everest expedition and your investment is the difference between life and death. Toilet Hackers' sanitation program would reach the Silanga Village, an area of Kibera, where up to 150 residents share a single pit latrine and running water or sinks are unheard of. Kids get diarrhea, a life-threatening disease here, at an alarmingly high rate. Throughout the world, one child dies every 17 seconds because of poor sanitation, bad hygiene and unsafe water. And just think, this is only one project where Toilet Hackers is instigating change. Toilet Hackers is on a mission to create a world where every man, woman and child can live a life with dignity, free of preventable diseases and with equal opportunities to succeed.
Other Ways You Can Do Epic Shit
We understand not everyone has the means to make a financial investment. Steve and I appreciate every tweet and Facebook post you write to help spread the word about his expedition. Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/UpEverest or on Twitter @UpEverest. The more people we can reach, the greater chance we have of fulfilling his dream.
We also understand that Steve's story is inspiring shit! If you want to Do Epic Shit on behalf of Toilet Hackers, you can join the team at Crowdrise: www.crowdrise.com/DoEpicShit What is the epic challenge that faces you? Are you trying to quit smoking? Are you writing a novel? Are you planning an epic kayaking trip? Go ahead and name your dream, and then get to it. Do Epic Shit. Do it with Steve. And do it on behalf of Toilet Hackers and the 2.5 billion people who don’t have a place to go to the bathroom.