Life in Motion was created to raise awareness towards disabled children, who are unable to live a fulfilled life due to their physical limitations. This unique photo project was organized as part of a greater program called “I Want to Walk”, which was created to help orphaned children obtain their dream of walking. For some children this meant physically being able to walk, while for others “walking” also meant being able to leave the orphanage and achieve their goals.
Our Life in Motion - Elbrus 2017 mission has been accomplished with success! 16-year-old girl, Polina was an inspiration for 9 members of the team, as she climbed the mountain on her prosthetic leg. You can watch her amazing journey here.
Why are we doing this, for the last 6 years – mt. Kilimanjaro, mt. Everest’s Base Camp and now Elbrus? We want to show again and again that all limitations are in our heads and with inside strength people can overcome their fears, push all boundaries and make the impossible - possible. Yes, even climbing the highest mountain on prosthetic legs!
This Elbrus trip was the most challenging of all. Snow, ice, 30 km per hour wind, cold nights with the temperature dropping to negative 25C. We had to walk very slowly, carefully making one step at a time on crampons even having to use a rope and ice-axe at some parts of the mountain.
Everyone had their own goal, reaching a personal peak, widening their own resources, maximizing their own abilities. We worked together as a team, supporting each other with jokes and laughter - great friends on the mountain.
After the trip our Polina said: “It is a common opinion that only physically strong people can climb mountains and I wanted to show that my physical challenges are not an obstacle. It was my first summit and I learned many important things - how to give and share, how to support, how to step outside of my comfort zone. I am a different person today. I am proud of myself and I am looking forward to my future, new peaks in my life."
Will we do it again? Of course!
Thank you everyone who supported us during this 10 day expedition! Your encouraging words were a big part of our success. We truly “Stepped Up” together.
We want to thank our partners - Mitsubishi Corporation (Russia) for sponsoring our Life in Motion -Elbrus multimedia project and WHOA Travel for supporting Polina's hike! Your partnership helped to make our mission successful.
I am happy to share some photos and TV stories - even if they are in Russian the video requires no comments. To watch them, please click here and here. Click here to watch our photographer's amazing footage from this journey.
Natasha Shaginian-Needham and the Life in Motion team.
This year, we launched a new project, Life in Motion - Everest!
16-year-old Nikolay, 16-year-old Tanya, 17-year-old Zhenya and our group of supporters will hike Mount Everest!! All three teenagers were born with a physical disability and grew up in an orphanage. Their brave hike is meant to inspire everyone, as well as to raise funds for orthopedic treatment for orphans in Russia. The group will hike to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world - to an altitude of 5150 meters (16,896 ft). We encourage you to support the group's efforts to raise awareness for orphans everywhere and help those in need of orthopedic treatment! Together we can perfectly demonstrate that, regardless of physical limitations, anyone can achieve the impossible!!
In 2015, we climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for the third time! Between July 30 - August 8, a group of hikers, including 3 young men with physical disabilities, conquered Africa's highest mountain! The hike was again led by Alexander Pokhilko! We raised more than $6000. The funds will benefit children with special needs and fulfill their dream of WALKING! Support our cause! You can help our mission by following this link http://www.gofundme.com/tq34mwc
In June 2014, for the second time, Life in Motion International organized a charity hike to Africa's tallest mountain - Kilimanjaro! We collaborated with several Russian nonprofit organizations in order to raise money for disabled children, and bring the very very idea of charity to the top of Kilimanjaro! Three young men with disabilities, and several representatives of the participating nonprofits hiked for 5 days and, almost all, made it to the top!
In June 2012, Life in Motion organized our first hike to Kilimanjaro! The hike was very successful and raised awareness and funds for children in need.
Photographs from Life in Motion - Russia
Documentary Film On His Own Two Feet