Moving Mountains Trust
Founded by philanthropist and mountaineer Gavin Bate, Moving Mountains is a charity which began in the slums of Nairobi in 1991 when he lived there and help rehabilitate street children. As a mountaineer Gavin also raised money climbing Mount Everest several times and giving back to the Sherpa communities in Nepal.
The charity still works with deprived children and their families in Kenya, and still works developing mountain communities in Nepal. Since the beginning it has built many schools and clinics, and supported many hundreds of children right the way through to tertiary level education and into adulthood.
Moving Mountains is set up as an NGO in both Kenya and Nepal and all of the staff are ex beneficiaries who have been with the charity for a very long time. Most of the children would describe 'MM' as their second family.
We provide education and health facilities for deprived children and communities in Kenya and Nepal, and we aim to promote empowerment and equality so that our beneficiaries can become architects of their own success.
We work from the bottom up and we look at each child holistically, providing support for the family and the community. We work with the local authorities to help us make the right decisions.
The approach has always been not to anonymise people and to work for the long term, from early child development through to university.
We've set up local NGOs in each country and they manage the programmes on the ground, working with us to develop long term plans.
Mostly Moving Mountains is like a family and beneficiaries still turn to us after many years.
We involve volunteers in some of our programmes, and we offer annual events like medical camps and kids summer camps for people to get involved with and help raise funds.
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