During his travels, Mostafa immersed himself in different cultures, religions and traditions that awakened his spiritual evolution.
Four years into his sporting career, Mostafa made a conscious decision to climb for a purpose. In the spirit of helping those in need, he launched three successful initiatives (the first in 2012) that raised millions for charity.
Climb for Karam
Karam Foundation, a nonprofit based in Chicago dedicated to building a better future for Syria, teamed up with expert mountaineer, Mostafa Salameh, to organize the first ever “Climb4Karam” expedition to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Nine people, all dedicated to Karam’s mission, spent 10 days in January, 2017 on the climb, overcoming physical struggles in pursuit of making it to the top of Africa’s highest mountain. Over the course of several months of preparation for their journey, the team raised over $140,000 through online campaigns. The donations were distributed to various Karam Foundation programs, including Emergency aid, which helped the displaced people of Aleppo resettle, the Sponsor Syrian Refugee Family program that focuses on sending Syrian youth back to school, and the Karam House, an innovation community center based in Reyhanli, Turkey.
Eye Can See
Eye Can See, a nonprofit initiative based in Jordan dedicated to elevating the life of low vision and blind children, teamed up with Mostafa Salameh, to organize the first “Eye Can See” expedition to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Twelve people from eight countries who all believed in the initiative, spent 10 days in February, 2017 and made it to the top of Uhuru Peak using their mental and physical strength. The team raised over $140,000 through personal efforts and online campaigns.
Climb for the Children of Gaza (C4CG)
From 25 June - 9 July, 2015, Mostafa and 15 Jordanian climbers made it to the top of Mount Huayna Potosí in Bolivia and Machu Picchu in Peru. The initiative was Under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Alia Bint Al Hussein, and in cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The team’s extraordinary efforts raised over $150,000, which were used to rebuild schools destroyed by the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza, as well as building a climbing wall for the city’s children.
See No Limits
In February 2015, Suhail Nashash, a Jordanian with a visual impairment, and Jarrah Hawamdeh, a Jordanian amputee, successfully climbed the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro with Mostafa in the lead. The initiative was launched to change people’s perceptions of those with disabilities and prove that, they too, can “climb their own Everest.” See No Limits’ second objective was to promote a positive image of Islam, and to show the world that it is a peaceful, moderate religion that encourages achievements and the appreciation of one’s life.
Lowest to Highest for Cancer (LH4C):
This was Mostafa’s first charitable initiative, launched in 2012 to honor cancer survivors and raise funds for the King Hussein Cancer Centre in Amman, Jordan after being inspired by one of its child cancer patients. Mostafa led two groups of prominent Jordanian volunteers from the Dead Sea to the Everest Camp Base in 2013 and the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2014, raising $2 million in return.
Money raised from this initiative helped build two new state-of-the-art buildings that have increased the KHCC’s capacity from 3,500 to over 7,000 inpatients per year, and from 100,000 to more than 150,000 outpatient visits per year.
The first expedition’s team members faced physical and psychological challenges in the 18 grueling days (10 hours of trekking per day) it took them to climb Mount Everest.
Climbing the Summit of Mount Kilimanjaro took place in February, 2014. Its team of 22 members included HH Prince Mired, Princess Dina and two photographers.