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