Kilimanjaro for Agastya

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We are pleased to announce that Mahesh Ramakrishnan, Age 17, a Junior at the Trinity School in New York City will be attempting to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in the summer to raise funds for the Agastya Foundation.  Located in Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341 feet above sea level. This arduous trek is physically very demanding and is expected to take over a week to complete.

Mahesh has been involved with Agastya for over two years now, spending his last summer in the Agastya campus at Kuppam in India working with the village children.  When asked about his summer experience at Agastya, Mahesh enthusiastically replied:

"Agastya has been a transformational experience for me. The village kids in Kuppam were exceptional and their zest for learning has been unparalleled and in some cases more intense and genuine than what city kids demonstrate in the most elite private schools. These kids learn a lot with very modest resources. It has also personally been a very humbling experience."

The Agastya Foundation also gave Mahesh a chance to pursue one of his passions - teaching math to schoolchildren. Mahesh's goal this summer is to raise $25,000,which will help Agastya operate another new mobile lab to reach new village schools in the Indian subcontinent.

We at Agastya wish Mahesh the very best in his climb to the top of Kilimanjaro and will keep you posted of his progress. Any pledges for Mahesh's climb for people in India can be made directly to the Foundation. Mahesh can be contacted at: Maheshr1027@gmail.com

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  1. arjun

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    wow!
  2. Ravi

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    That will be a fabulous achievement
  3. Ashwin

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    Well done Mahesh....very commendable and truly inspirational !!
  4. Dr Linda Lancaster

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    Mahesh!
    I am very impressed by your fortitude to attempt such a journey! AND I know you will be better from it in many ways!
  5. Rama

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    All the best in the climb, Mahesh! I am sure the village schoolchildren of Kuppam will be rooting for you.
  6. sumita jayaraman

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    Go Mahesh! Our support will be with you for reaching your goal.
    Sumita
  7. Vidya

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    What a fabulous goal for such a noble cause! So proud of you... Good luck & take care.
  8. Sumita

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    Dear Mahesh:
    You are going to have a blast. I grew up at the foot of Kiliminjaro and have so many memories as a girl there. We are really proud of you and i am sure this is the first of many heights you will reach in your life!!
  9. Shanker Annaswamy

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    Hi Mahesh,
    This is indeed a great goal through an inspirational task of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro at this age. I am sure you will be a role model for many and we wish you all the very best. Shanker, Jayashree, Malavika and Aditya.
  10. Priya Rajshekhar

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    Best of luck for your journey. All of us in Chennai are thrilled to hear about it
  11. Stefan

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    Hi Mahesh
    It is high, it is cold and up there on the ridge it is low on oxygen hahaha. But the sunrise on the roof of Africa is unbeatable. I am really proud of you to have a go at it. It will be a unforgettable experience.

    Stefan
  12. Shobana Ravi

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    This is an awesome gesture Mahesh! This is only the start of many more peaks to conquer! Best wishes and enjoy the journey!
  13. JB

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    I was there once, but didn't have the courage to climb - so I am deeply humbled. And what a terrific cause. Good luck!
  14. allison

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    The very best on your climb up. You will be a role model for many young people.
  15. kevin

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    Mahesh! The world needs more of your kind. Best wishes and enjoy the rarefied air!
  16. Paul

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    So thoughtful of you Mahesh. Giving at such young age is priceless and precious.
  17. Jae Gardner

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    Mahesh you are an incredible student and an even better person. I hope you enjoy this momentous occasion in your life and take full advantage of the opportunity presented to you. I look forward to hearing great stories about your journey and best of luck.
  18. scott

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    Kilmanjaro first, Everest next! all the very best
  19. Rice

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    Great cause, great effort and wish you tons of luck. it must be cool to stand on top of the African continent.
  20. Dakshayani Chandilya

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    Good luck to you & enjoy the climb. Tc.
  21. Urvashi Khemka

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    Dear Mahesh, wishing you all success and good luck. You are very brave to attempt this difficult climb and may god bless you and be with you.
    Love
    Uday, Nitya, Shiv, Urvashi, Bhavani, Jayashree, Gayatri, Isha, Aditya and Jai
  22. karl and Opus team

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    hoping that you have an amazing experience of a lifetime..such a great cause too..wishing you the very best of luck on this great endevour and cant wait to hear your stories...keep a journal Mahesh!
  23. Sachin Tendulkar

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    all the very best for the climb ahead!
  24. Tom

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    Mahesh,
    Proud of your attempt and the very best on the climb. We will help you with your cause.
  25. Joel

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    awe and then some! many more peaks to scale and the very best wishes to you.
  26. vikram

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    So proud of you and wish you god speed on your climb. A nice cheque will await your climb to the top. We are with you Mahesh!
  27. rob

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    Good luck and hope you are training for the climb. We are routing for you!
  28. Rod

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    Mahesh,
    The best things in life are accomplished with dedication and sacrifice. You seem to have understood this at a very young age. Keep up the great work!
  29. Kim

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    Good luck on your climb. Be safe and wish you the best. You will get to your goal.
  30. Alfred

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    Mahesh,

    Wishing you the very best to scale the peaks of life and without question Kilimanjaro as well. You are a true gentleman!
  31. Gary

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    Fortune favors the brave Mahesh, or in this case, the ones that are selfless and giving. Keep up the great work.
  32. Sara

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    God speed on your climb up. Stay warm and focused, we are all cheering for your to get to the peak. I can now say that I know someone that is attempting to climb Kilimanjaro!
  33. Mekala Chandrasekhar

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    Dear Mahesh. you have undertaken a very noble mission. wish you the very best. let this be one of your outstanding achievements. take care. love and good wishes.
  34. Susan

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    that is awesome Mahesh! talk about seeing the forest from the trees. you can really do that from up there.
  35. rajeev misra

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    excellent way to finish high school. good cause Mahesh and you will enjoy it. Don't take your dad with you.
  36. Chris

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    Mahesh,
    What you have undertaken to do requires immense courage and determination. At your age, I was content watching TV. All the best and am sure you will scale higher peaks in the future.
  37. Jeremy

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    Bravo Mahesh! Safe travels and enjoy your climb. You are doing this for a great cause.
  38. Murray

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    Mahesh, By your actions to help the children, you have inspired all of us. Keep up the great work.
  39. Marty

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    This will be one of the many peaks that you will climb in your life. We are proud of your determination and your cause. Good luck!
  40. fitz

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    Rest not till the goal is achieved, and am confident that you will reach the peaks of everything that you choose to do.
  41. Jeff

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    Can't wait to hear about your climb to the top. We are all behind you 100%.
  42. Neil

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    Your gesture is truly outstanding Mahesh. We wish you the very best in the trek.
  43. Henry

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    Fabulous Mahesh. I have seen Mt. Kilimanjaro from the foot hills. You on the other hand will see the foothills from the Peak. Awesome! Best wishes for a succesful climb.
  44. Andy

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    This is special Mahesh! You are going to love this experience. By the way, when you are at the top of Mt. Kili, look for Mount Meru near by.
  45. Russell

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    Well done Mahesh. If I was fit, I would have joined you on the trek. It is a great cause that you are climbing for!
  46. Teddy

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    This is cool. I hope you are training for the climb. Please take some pictures along the way!
  47. Rick

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    Your gesture is very touching and truly inspirational.
  48. Mckenzie

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    To higher heights and best wishes....
  49. Francis

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    Mahesh,
    Your energy and enthusiasm comes through very clearly in this article. Go for it!
  50. Tim

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    Wonderful cause and a wonderful attempt. Our best wishes for your succesful climb!
  51. Mohsin

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    This is spectacular news. Enjoy each and every step up that climb. This will be something I am sure you will cherish for years to come.....
  52. Arthur

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    Your zeal and commitment for Agastya is truly special. Keep up the good work and we will be routing for you to get to the top of that mountain
  53. Sandra

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    Mahesh,
    Your kind gesture truly brought tears to my eyes. You are a special person! Be safe on your climb.
  54. Bob. J

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    This is amazing Mahesh. The fact that you will try to attempt this deserves all the support that you are looking for.
  55. Dr.S.Chandra Chandilya

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    That's an awesome attempt at this age.Delighted to know that you are attempting the highest peak for the tallest cause.Amazed at the social upliftment cause and truly it will enrich &expand your vision of life.All the very best
  56. Dr.S.Chandra Chandilya

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    That's an awesome attempt at this age.Delighted to know that you are attempting the highest peak for the tallest cause.Amazed at the social upliftment cause and truly it will enrich &expand your vision of life.All the very best
  57. Davis

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    Dear Mahesh,
    You are a class act and you will get to your goal for sure. We are cheering for you.
  58. Srilalitha Gopal

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    Dear Mahesh,

    We are very happy to learn about your expedition to Mt Kilimanjaro. It's so typical of you - setting goals and scaling new heights every day. Wishing you the very best in your efforts... God bless!!!

    Gopal & Lalitha
  59. B V Kaushik

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    Dear Mahesh,
    We are very happy with your mission and even though can't join you in the trek, our thoughts and prayers will be with you. We wish you the best of luck.
    Kaushik, Rupa, Anjana, Arvind and Varun
  60. Jeff

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    Mahesh,
    This is great news. Enjoy the climb and the views. I am told it is beautiful to see sunrise from Uhuru point.
  61. Rosen

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    Climbing the tallest free standing mountain in the world requires guts. You have that and glory will follow!
  62. Hank Stephens

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    Africa is spectacular but Kilimanjaro is special. Have a great time on your trek and enjoy every bit of it. What you are trying to do is special!
  63. Renshaw

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    Keep up the great work Mahesh. Your cause is great and your determination is stellar!
  64. Elkin

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    Great news! We want to see pictures of your trip, when you are back. Safe travels.
  65. Ashok

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    Mahesh-ji,
    We are so proud to hear about your climb. May god be with you the whole way and wish you all the success in your efforts.
  66. Sam

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    Great initiative and a wonderful cause. Wish you the very best in your trek.
  67. Whitney

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    A truly wonderful reason to climb Kilimanjaro. Do us all proud and enjoy your trip.
  68. Julian

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    Mahesh,
    Takes a lot of courage to attempt what you want to do. Am sure you will be a role model for many high-schoolers. Have a great trip.
  69. Sita Chandilya

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    Wonderful news! Wishing u all the very best in your endeavours for such a noble cause. Love.
    Sita
  70. Ram Chandilya

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    Hi Mahesh,
    Great to hear your plans to scale Kilimanjaro. All the very best. We pray to Lord Margabandhu to be with you all the way.
    Best regards,
    Ramamoorthy
  71. Brooks

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    Mahesh,
    The children in India will be so proud of you and will be cheering you along.
  72. nick lazar

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    Super job Mahesh. Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!
  73. Samrita

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    Mahesh - Your enthusiasm and spirit towards a good cause is heart warming. Hope you climb many mountains of good causes!!!

    Samrita
  74. Daniel Di Pietro

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    Enjoy the trek. You will get to your goal without fail. The views I am told from the top are simply amazing.
  75. Polsky

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    Remarkable attempt Mahesh! It takes a lot of guts to do this. You will get to the top for sure.
  76. Schaeffer

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    First of many summits that you will climb in your life. Your passion and courage come through loud and clear.
  77. Sangeeta

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    I am thrilled to hear about your climb Mahesh. You are a great ambassador for Agastya and will do the children of Kuppam proud. Safe travels.
  78. Rex Joslin

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    Am touched by the fact that you care and would like to make a difference. A few more Maheshs and the world will be in a much better place.
  79. Tom Clark

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    what a sensitive and caring gesture. We are so proud of you! Stay warm at the summit.
  80. David Engle

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    Mahesh,
    Kids everywhere will be proud of what you are about to do. If I weighed 30 pounds less, I would have joined you on your mission for sure. You will get to the top for sure!
  81. Hui Keller

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    Your zest to want to make a difference comes through so clearly. We are behind your every step.
  82. Sal DeNunzio

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    Mahesh,
    Not that you need any motivation. Each step of yours on that mountain is a step forward for the village kids of India.
  83. Anita

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    Mahesh, Great endeavour. You will accomplish it with your big heart alone! Look up for inspiration and down for determination! Remember, a diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.   We are right behind you....about 4500 miles behind.... Anita x
  84. Archana

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    Mahesh,
    You make the world go around. Kudos and have a safe trip up the mountain.
  85. Brian Taylor

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    Mahesh,
    This is terrific news. Your courage and determination are to be commended. Your cause is most worthy. Can I join you?
  86. Krishna

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    Mahesh,
    You rock! The view from the top I'm told is beautiful. Make sure you capture some pics. Agastya must be special
  87. Seth Weinstein

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    Your climb will bring smiles to the children of India. When you are back, I want to write about your story for my magazine. good luck!
  88. Stu Essig

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    Mahesh,
    The great Mahatma Gandhi would have been proud of your initiative to want to help the down trodden and the poor. Keep up the great work!
  89. Anjan Sriram

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    Mahesh,
    Takes grit and determination to do this. But then again you have always pushed yourself to the max! Best of Luck!
  90. Sam Kreske

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    This is truly great stuff Mahesh. Imagine looking at all of Africa from the peak of the mountain!
  91. Radhika Sehgal

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    Good luck Mahesh!! Kudos!
  92. Rukmani Nandagopal

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    Mahesh,
    You have the admiration of all of us, our best wishes and the blessings of Sage Agastya for you to get to the top.
  93. Mona Sinha

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    Mahesh:
    Be the change you want to see in the world - these wise words of Gandhi are reflected in your mission to help the students at Agastya - well done - so proud of you. The world needs more 17 years olds like you
  94. Jennifer Harris

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    Great new Mahesh, you are a star and bring tons of hope by doing this
  95. Karen Mckesson

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    Each step of yours up that mountain is hope for the kids of India. Great cause and great attempt!
  96. Atul Singh

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    Mahesh,
    We are proud of you and your commitment to this wonderful cause and wish you the very best in your climb to the peak.
  97. Peter Salomon

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    Great new Mahesh. I can say that I know some one that has climbed Kilimanjaro. Safe travels and have fun as you trek.
  98. Ravi Suri

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    Dear Mahesh,
    We are all proud of your attempt for this super cause. I speak for a billion Indians from the subcontinent. Do us proud and may Lord Shiva be with you the whole way.
  99. Radha Parthsarathy

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    Mahesh,
    Truly wonderful to hear that you are going to Africa for Agastya. That is indeed very special and may God be with you in all your endeavors. You have all of our support.
  100. Bill Kent

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    You are a class act young man and an inspiration for many teenagers. Enjoy your trek and stay focused on your goal.

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