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What is The Freedom CHallenge?
The Freedom Challenge is a movement of passionate women dedicated to freeing oppressed and enslaved women and children all around the world. We do this by participating in physical challenges that test our limits, while raising funds and awareness to combat these dark, social injustices and set women and children on the pathway to freedom.
We train for and participate in a “challenge” or physical struggle of our own—together, in community. The challenge can be anything—from running a marathon, swimming laps in the local pool, hiking a trail, climbing a mountain, or really whatever you can think of.
We then ask for sponsors to support our efforts. Our sponsors become part of a movement of passionate, everyday women who are dedicated to combating injustice, and their support fuels our model to set women and children on the pathway to freedom.
We take a four-pronged approach to freeing women and children around the world.
Prevent. Rescue. Restore. Develop.
We believe the cycles of poverty, exploitation, and oppression can be broken before any life-long damage is done. Education, skills training, and basic support systems empower women to end these cycles. Once these women learn how much God loves them, they just can’t be kept down!
We provide long-term solutions to help women overcome poverty through things like vocational training and micro-saving programs. These opportunities not only empower women, but also make current and future generations less vulnerable to exploitation.
At the point of intervention, women and children are usually without hope. We coordinate rescue efforts for the enslaved, and bring these women and children to a safe place for long-term care and healing.
We realize that these victims are often broken. So, we provide extensive care to help them rebuild their lives, including physical and spiritual healing, trauma counseling, and life skills training. Our programs aim to put these individuals on a new path, a path full of hope and dignity.
The Freedom Climb
In January of 2012, 48 women from seven different countries gathered in Tanzania and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro–the world’s tallest free-standing mountain–to declare freedom for those who could not. Climbers from all over the world have continued that mission. Since 2012, The Freedom Climb has led women and climbed the Rockies, Alps, Kilimanjaro, and Everest Base Camp. Through these climbs, The Freedom Climb has raised over $3 million dollars to help oppressed and enslaved women and children.
Expanding to Freedom Challenge
In 2015, we expanded our activities out of only the mountain ranges. Now, women participate in any physical activity they choose. This might mean walking in a 5k, running a marathon, or swimming laps in the local pool. Anything that uses a physical challenge to raise money and awareness can be your way to engage in our mission.
What is your Freedom Challenge?
Operation Mobilization (OM) is the founding organization for The Freedom Challenge and the funds we raise flow into OM projects focused on freeing oppressed women and children.
OM is an international Christian missions organization that has been confronting injustice for over 50 years. As a collective of over 6,800 workers in over 110 countries around the world, OM teams do not sit still and love the adventure of serving Jesus through their relationships, compassion, and conversations.
"My heart got really stirred by it and that's why I climb - to give hope to people that have none, and so that God can set these captives FREE..." - Louria Schoeman (Freedom Climber)