Saturday, December 13, 2014

Welcome to the site!

This was meant to spread some love around the world.  With so many people
getting involved, we did that.  Please check out the info below and tabs at the top for Trip Reports and more about 14ers4Kids.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Project Funded!

The Entire Nanchang Project 
Has Been Funded!

I am so proud to be able to announce that the 12 kids that this project supported last year in Nanchang China, and actually the whole Nanchang project has been funded.  This amazing donation came at the best moment as we head into the holiday season.  This donation did not happen on behalf of 14ers4Kids and was not associated with this project.  But what a blessing to find out that these kids are good to go!

I urge you to find out more about the great work Half the Sky Foundation does for so many children.

I hope you have a wonderful remainder of the year and Happy and Safe Holidays to you and your loved ones.  Keep them close.

Thanks again to all who have supported. - Dave

Monday, September 9, 2013

Thanks for visiting 14ers4Kids!  The purpose of this project is to help support 12 special needs orphans in China via Half the Sky Foundation.  Climbing mountains and helping children, that is 14ers4Kids.  Each of the children have special needs and unfortunately this will prevent them from ever being adopted.  The foster families that we helped place them in last year have been key to the kids making some amazing progress.  Your tax-deductible donation will go to support these families so they can contine to love and nourish these children over the next year.  

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Climbing for kids

Lunch time!
Just a simple thing like lunch with your family.  Something we all take for granted. 14ers4Kids is about supporting 12 orphaned children in China. Here are 4 of them, TongQi, ZhouMin, TaoMin and JinZe as they have lunch with their foster family. 

I am dedicating 12 summit attempts to raise awareness for these 12 children this year with the 14ers4Kids project.  Read more about the project and some of the other children below and on the other tabs on the site.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

About the project

This video has some great mountain views and info on 
why I am doing this project and how you can help.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Welcome to 14ers4Kids, a climbing project dedicated to helping orphaned children. The project put 12 children in foster homes last year thanks to so many peoples generous support.  This year my dream is to continue to support them.  My name is Dave West I love climbing mountains. I also wanted to turn my mountain climbing "hobby" into something bigger, something that could help others.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

14ers4Kids 2013

Saturday I was blessed with the opportunity to again stand on the summit of a beautiful mountain.  It was one of the most scenic summits I have ever been on.  I climbed solo and it was only me and a marmot on top. Mt Sneffels stands 14,150 ft tall and is in the San Juan Mountain range.  It was the first of 12 peaks I will attempt this year dedicated to the 12 kids that this project was able to place into foster homes last year.  Read about 2 of them below.
View from summit of  Mt Sneffles
This project is more about supporting these children than supporting me and climbing mountains.  This is my way to get your attention about these children who need someone on their side.
I often climb solo and love it, just me and the mountain...however "Mt Fundraising" is a mountain I can't climb alone!  To continue to support these kids, I need your help.  Join and climb with me, start your own climb or other type personal challenge or just donate to help the kids!

Meet the kids!

ZanMin is climbing!
ZanMin, is 4 years old and developmentally delayed. When she arrived at her foster home she couldn't even stand up, but now with help from therapy and lots of practice at home, she is walking and even climbing stairs!

MinLan, is 10 years old and also developmentally delayed but has really come out of her shell being around her new family. Her foster mom says, "she is very kind-hearted and she is bonding well in our family"...a loving family; I think that is really all a kid needs! 

MinLin is loving life!
My hope is to be able to continue to support them and as many of the 10 others as we can this year with the 14ers4Kids project.  

Over the next few weeks I will be climbing (or attempting) 12 14,000 ft peaks and will be dedicating these climbs to these 12 kids.  If you can find it in your heart to help support these beautiful children, please make a donation HERE!