Am­putee Pales­tinian refugee to climb Mt Ever­est

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Lifestyle -

JARAH al-Hawamdeh, a Pales­tinian refugee in Jor­dan who lost one of his legs to can­cer, has vowed to reach the sum­mit of Mount Ever­est in hopes of sav­ing his cash­strapped school.

Al-Hawamdeh, 22, who lost one of his legs to bone can­cer, is climb­ing the world’s tallest moun­tain to raise funds for the school that gave him an ed­u­ca­tion.

Lo­cated in Jor­dan, the Al-Jufe School is run by the United Na­tions Re­lief and Works Agency for Pales­tinian Refugees (UNRWA), which is cur­rently fac­ing se­vere bud­get short­falls.

Al-Hawamdeh says his cam­paign is to raise funds for the school, which is cur­rently pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion to some 750 Pales­tinian refugees.

On crutches, al-Hawamdeh has al­ready be­gun climb­ing the moun­tain, which is lo­cated near the Nepalese-Chi­nese bor­der and reaches an al­ti­tude of 8,848 me­ters.

He has al­ready climbed some 5,100 me­ters and hopes to soon reach the base camp lo­cated at the sum­mit.

“Pales­tinian refugees have the right to re­al­ize their dreams,” al-Hawamdeh told Anadolu Agency (AA). “With this climb, I will prove that any­thing’s pos­si­ble.”

“By rais­ing aware­ness, I hope to even­tu­ally raise $1 mil­lion for the school that gave me my ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

Al-Hawamdeh, who grew up in a refugee camp in Jor­da­nian cap­i­tal Amman, is Pales­tine’s first li­censed moun­taineer with an ar­ti­fi­cial limb.

Last year, al-Hawamdeh climbed Africa’s Mount Kil­i­man­jaro to raise aware­ness about can­cer vic­tims.

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