Thirteen-year-old climbs Mount Kilimanjaro and raises US$50,000 for Casita Linda


By Louise Gilliam

A remarkable and adventuresome young man climbed Africa’s highest mountain and raised US$50,000 so impoverished families here in San Miguel de Allende would have a safe and secure place to live.

Alex Renaud was born in London. His mother is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, and his father is French Canadian. Alex attends the College Beau Soleil in Switzerland. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French. Alex is a perfect example of an international young man with a global view and perspective.

When asked why he chose Casita Linda, Alex said, “I chose Casita Linda first of all because being half Mexican I would like to make Mexico a better place. I also liked the fact that there was an immediate impact my fundraising would make on people’s lives. Everybody deserves to have a home and feel secure!! I also liked that Casita Linda is a small organization and that my efforts wouldn’t go to paying bureaucracy of big charities.”

Alex and his mom will be in San Miguel in early August and they will be visiting the five homes Casita Linda built for the families with the funds raised by Alex’s successful climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. He then will visit schools in el Ejido del Tirado area where he will speak about his experiences.

Casita Linda will honor him at a reception to give heartfelt thanks to him for his enormous contribution and where Alex will receive the first Spirit of Hope Reward.

For more information on Alex Renaud’s adventure, go to

Casita Linda, AC is a Mexican nonprofit organization founded in 2001. Our primary goal is to construct simple decent housing for people in extreme poverty. For further information please visit our website at:


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