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What is Project Kili?

At over 100 million in population, Ethiopia ranks second in most populous country in Africa.  One cannot think of Ethiopia without thinking of poverty and famine.  With over 50% of the population under the age of 20, the future is bright for Ethiopia and the next generation.  However, poverty and malnutrition is one of the largest road blocks in helping children break the cycle of poverty. We are here to combat that and we need your help. 

In the beginning of 2023, we partnered with Manna Worldwide to start a children’s nutrition program. We currently provide meals for twelve students, three times a week, and share the Gospel with them. By the end of 2023, we would like to get that number up to 50 children being fed 4-5 times a week. We want to create a scholarship fund for education, a program to develop better cognitive skills through special physical exercises, and help with education supplies.

  Project Kili is an opportunity to help stop child poverty in Ethiopia. I (Dwayne) will climb Mount Kilimanjaro which is over 20,000 feet and a 8 day journey to the summit in Arusha, Tanzania. I am set to tackle the climb this summer with the hope to raise funds and awareness of child poverty in our community.

the climb

Dwayne has been sponsored to make an eight day climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The climb will take him through five climate zones starting in the cultivation zone, through rainforest, on to rocky terrain, into the highland desert and ending in the Arctic-like summit where he will climb from midnight until sunrise to reach the summit which has temperatures below zero and winds gusting over 30 miles per hour.

the why

Partnering with Manna, we've recently started a nutrition program that provides local children three meals a week. We are planning and praying to expand this program to reach even more children and provide even more meals and opportunities to break the cycle of poverty

the goal

We're seeking to raise $20,000 to expand the ministry and reach even more children, provide more meals, add school scholarships, and school supplies. We are challenging everyone to sponsor a one time donation, or a dollar amount for every foot climbed, or a donation for each day on the climb. Would you pray about how God would use you to make an impact in a Child’s life now, and for eternity? If you feel led to donate and support the climb, click the button below. 

All donations are 100% tax deductible and 100% of your giving will go directly to the Manna Center in Ethiopia.



  • Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.  Located in Arusha, Tanzania, it is the highest point in Africa standing close to 20,000 feet high. 

  • The first recorded summit was documented in 1889

  • Roughly 50,000 hikers attempt to hike the summit every year

  • Mt. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano with three cones: Shira, Kibo, & Mawenzi

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