Muscat: Maira Chowdhury, a former student at British School Muscat, Oman, and currently a first-year undergraduate studying philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, is set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, to raise money for a variety of international charities.
As part of 'Raise and Give', Oxford's largest student-run charity drive, Maira will join 28 other students from Oxford who will climb Kilimanjaro in July.
Stressing that she joined the group out of her personal interest, Maira explained, "I chose to do this, as I think it's a great way to contribute towards the welfare of both the local and international community."
She added, "Climbing a mountain has also been one of my life goals, and this climb presents the opportunity to pursue this goal, whilst making a positive difference to the world community."
Maira hopes to receive support for her climb from the community.
"I am currently in the process of fund-raising and am looking for sponsors," she says.
The charities she will raise funds for include Agape, an African-based charity which supports humanitarian work in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania, as well as Giving What We Can, an international society dedicated to eliminating poverty in the developing world and carrying out tasks such as the examination of the effectiveness of different aid programmes.
They will also raise funds for the Oxford Food Bank, which is a UK-based charity that collects unsold food from local supermarkets and suppliers and redistributes it to community food projects in and around Oxford.
Also, Students Supporting Street Kids, a student-run organisation which raises awareness about the issues affecting street-connected children, will also benefit from the funds raised by these students.
The organisation raises money for projects that work with these children. Education Partnerships Africa, a UK charity and East African NGO that works to improve the quality of education for young people in rural Kenya and Uganda, will also be a beneficiary of the money raised during the climb.