Kilimanjaro Climb & Mission Trips


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Climb­ing for a Cause June & July 2013

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It Can Be Done!

It Can Be Done!
In June & July 2013, a ded­i­cated team of vol­un­teers will jour­ney to Tan­za­nia, Africa, to raise both money and aware­ness for clean water access and women’s ini­tia­tives in Uru. Some will make the 19,500’ climb up Mt. Kil­i­man­jaro, the largest free­stand­ing moun­tain on earth. Oth­ers will work in vil­lages on this world her­itage moun­tain, pro­vid­ing hands on sup­port and skill build­ing assis­tance. All will serve as inspired exam­ples of courage, tenac­ity and reach­ing a goal:

one step… one per­son… one vil­lage… at a time!

Each team mem­ber has com­mit­ted to gath­er­ing pledges. All money raised will be applied towards eco-​​friendly sus­tain­able solu­tions for clean water, and to sup­port women’s ini­tia­tives for eco­nomic and social empow­er­ment. Our ded­i­cated vol­un­teers and climbers hope to inspire and moti­vate indi­vid­u­als around the world to think larger and to push harder than they might ever have dreamed was possible.

The It Can Be Done 2012 Pledge Team is deeply appre­cia­tive of the friends, fam­ily, church com­mu­ni­ties and car­ing donors who sup­port this impor­tant global out­reach. Every prayer, every dol­lar and every gen­er­ous ges­ture truly makes a real and last­ing dif­fer­ence for the peo­ple of Uru.

Click here to Pledge dona­tions on behalf of our ded­i­cated vol­un­teers and climbers.

Kilimanjaro 2013 Pledge Team

Bar­bara Joye

Barbara Joye   Bar­bara Joye is Co-​​Founder & Pres­i­dent of It Can Be Done, trav­el­ing to Tan­za­nia for the sixth time as she per­se­veres in her efforts for sus­tain­able clean water access and women’s empow­er­ment. She believes whole-​​heartedly that “a few ded­i­cated indi­vid­u­als CAN make a real dif­fer­ence in the world”. Founder of Acorn Invo­ca­tions and of Lead­er­ship as Ser­vice Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­grams, she inspires oth­ers to “live their soul’s pur­pose” in every­day life. She brings her skills as a writer, speaker and group facil­i­ta­tor of per­sonal & spir­i­tual growth, as well as expe­ri­ence from cor­po­rate and health­care set­tings, to ICBD and its mis­sion projects. Largely, she draws on her own heart and soul, and on her love for the Uru peo­ple, to cre­ate pos­i­tive change. She is sup­ported in her vision by her hus­band Rt.Rev.James Zin­zow and her chil­dren, friends and fam­ily. She resides in Wauke­sha, Wisconsin.

Rev. San­dra McKinney

Rev. Sandra McKinney   Rev. San­dra McK­in­ney is an ordained Unity min­is­ter who has been the spir­i­tual leader for Unity Christ Cen­ter in Eau Claire, WI since 2003. Sandy has a deep pas­sion for com­mu­nity build­ing and actively works with JONAH (Join­ing Our Neigh­bors Advanc­ing Hope) for social jus­tice in her Chippewa Val­ley, Wis­con­sin com­mu­nity. Rev. McK­in­ney has expanded her com­mit­ment to social jus­tice work in her new role with the Min­istry for Social Jus­tice on ICBD’s Advi­sory Coun­cil. She sees her par­tic­i­pa­tion in ICBD’s mis­sion for water and women’s empow­er­ment with Uru women as “an impor­tant out­reach to women who are actively striv­ing to improve their own lives as well as their com­mu­nity”. She is deeply appre­cia­tive of her Unity con­gre­ga­tion, friends and fam­ily who are sup­port­ing her efforts to “make a crit­i­cal qual­ity of life dif­fer­ence in Tanzania”.

Tess Zabel

 Tess Zabel   Tess O. Zabel has a deep seated desire to do as much good in the world as she can. Inspired by Osho’s wise words “Courage is a love affair with the unknown”, she bravely dares to take every oppor­tu­nity she can to forge new mem­o­ries to look back on and be proud of. Con­tem­plat­ing the idea of climb­ing Mount Kil­i­man­jaro for ‘It Can Be Done’ lasted only a minute. Tess said she can think of no bet­ter way to cel­e­brate her 25th year of being madly in love with “all the peo­ple I’ve yet to meet” than by climb­ing to the top of Africa’s high­est peak. She is a stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin Eau Claire, but was born and raised in Fair­banks Alaska by the “coolest par­ents and by the most lov­ing tribe of good peo­ple, the kin of my heart.” Her fam­ily mem­bers, too many to name, who extend across the coun­try and across the globe are her supreme heroes, “whether by nature or nur­ture you helped me become who I am today. And I thank you in advance for sup­port­ing me on this endeavor.”

Jean Kowal­ski

Jean Kowalski   Jean Kowal­ski has been in the alternative/​complimentary heal­ing field for the past 18 years. Through var­i­ous heal­ing modal­i­ties and love of art & cre­ativ­ity, Jean assists oth­ers with the heal­ing of their hearts & souls. Her pas­sion is truly sup­port­ing oth­ers on a path of heal­ing; mind, body and spirit. In Novem­ber 2011 she birthed Women With No Bor­ders (WWNB), a divi­sion of her heal­ing cen­ter Col­ors of Joy Heal­ing Arts Cen­ter. WWNB sup­ports and empow­ers women through work­shops, retreats and indi­vid­ual coach­ing work. “My deep­est pas­sion is being able to wit­ness the trans­for­ma­tion of a woman; stand­ing in her beauty and power and cel­e­brat­ing the joy as it returns in her life!” Sup­port­ing and work­ing with var­i­ous Africa projects through the years, Jean finds the mis­sion of ICBD in total align­ment with her vision, know­ing the impor­tance of water in people’s lives and sup­port­ing women as they cre­ate a bet­ter life for them­selves and their fam­i­lies. “I am hon­ored to be part of this adven­ture to Tan­za­nia, to share my love with the peo­ple of Uru and the entire country!”

With thanks to our

         2012 and 2009 Kilimanjaro Pledge Teams

             for their dedication and compassion in action.

2009 Kil­i­man­jaro Pledge Team


2012 Kil­i­man­jaro Pledge Team

2009 Kilimanjaro Climb Team Group Photo   2012 Kilimanjaro Climb Team Group Photo

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure,
to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering. .
…Ben Okri