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Chapman alumna plans Kilimanjaro summit to benefit orphanage

December 20, 2010

Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo/ National Geographic

There’s another mountain climber in the Chapman University family.

Jenna Keiper ’10 plans to travel to Tanzania next month to take on Mount Kilimanjaro and raise money for the orphaned children of nearby Arusha, a city near the base of the famous mountain. Keiper hopes to raise $15,000 toward the care and education of the 10 young residents of Arusha Cottage, a home operated by Compassion International.

“My attention was brought to the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania by my father, who is currently teaching university students in Arusha,” says Keiper, who double majored in dance performance and Spanish. (Keiper’s undergraduate research made news, too.)

And when one of your regular favorite study haunts is near the Doti-Struppa Mountaineering Alcove in Leatherby Libraries, it’s hard not to catch the climbing bug.

“I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the library by the atlases and pictures of world mountain peaks conquered by the Chapman community,” Keiper says. And mountain climbing seemed like an ideal metaphor for the humanitarian challenge she set for herself, as well.

“Extreme poverty, disease and death are terribly large obstacles in the path to a good education and general well-being. I will climb this mountain for the 10 children of Arusha Cottage,” says Keiper.

Anyone who wishes to support Keiper’s project may do so by visiting the Compassion International giving link and notating “HVD – Arusha Cottage” in the special instructions box at the bottom of the form.

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