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Dear Friends:

Eagles Nest Center has launched an initiative for an experiential learning expedition to Africa for teens in 2017, which will culminate in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. We need your help.

Since 1998, Eagles Nest Center has continuously developed and provided effective strategies for facilitating change in young people who are at risk for dropping out of school, substance abuse, violence, anxiety and depression, crime, and many other problems. They are children of families with addiction, mental illness, or domestic violence; of an incarcerated parent or a parent killed in the military; and many other difficult situations that result in their lacking a moral compass or understanding of their place in the world. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to working with these youth to instill positive values, build confidence and self-esteem, embrace a healthy lifestyle, and discover who they are and how to succeed in life. Our website, www.eaglesnestcenter.org has more information on what we do and how we do it.

“Kids to Kilimanjaro 2017” is a special project that will accomplish these same goals; the adventure of a lifetime for a group of young people that will positively impact them for a lifetime. Each youth will be matched with an adult mentor who will meet with them monthly for education and physical training for six months. The three-week safari itself will begin in Kenya, at Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley -- the “cradle of humanity.” While there, we will experience the local people and culture and climb Mount Longonot, a freestanding volcano much smaller than Kilimanjaro. From there to Hell’s Gate National Park, where we will hike and spend a day at a traditional Maasai village. We’ll then provide volunteer help at a relocation camp for members of the Kikuyu people who were displaced from their homes following the horrific December 2007 post-election violence. At Kilimanjaro, we will begin our climb and spend seven days on the mountain, accompanied by a local guide from Team Kilimanjaro. Returning to Kenya to rest, reconnect, experience the wildlife of Africa, and prepare for the journey home at Amboseli National Park in the southern Rift Valley Provence.

Everything about this experience is strategically planned, with specific goals in teaching values, health, the importance of education, leadership, and team building. We will document it from the initial training, through the safari, and after we return home and debrief with the youth and their families, using both subjective and objective data to measure how goals were met and change occurred. Will you help change the future for these young people with a tax-deductible donation? Your help will support a future productive citizen – and perhaps employee – experiencing success and embracing the world around them, as well as their own inner life. You may donate on the DONATE button at the left, call us at 608-296-4023 to make other arrangements or with a check made out to Eagles Nest Center, Inc. with "Kids to Kilimanjaro" in the memo field and mail to:


Eagles Nest Center, Inc.
N8968 Deerborn Ave.
Westfield, WI 53964


Thank you in advance for your support!


Sincerely,
Staff, Volunteers & Youth of Eagles Nest Center, Inc.