Francesca Breene, a resident of Weston, will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya, the world’s highest freestanding mountain, to honor female victims of war and raise money for grassroots peace programs in some of the world’s worst places to be a woman: The Congo, Syria, Iraq, and South Sudan. She and 14 other women hope to finish the 38,640 step, six day climb to reach the Mountain’s summit and raise a banner of peace in honor of the millions of women affected by the violence of war each year.

The movement behind the climb, One Million Thumbprints, in partnership with World Relief, envisions a world where women are free from the fear of violence, oppression, and the poverty caused by war. They believe these tragedies can be overcome – through storytelling, advocacy, and fundraising – and Francesca invites you to stand with her. 

You can find out more about the climb, campaign, and story behind Francesca’s reasoning to climb here.