Mt Kilimanjaro charity climb, Lemosho route

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Responsible tourism: Mt Kilimanjaro charity climb, Lemosho route

Environment

On this popular mountain trek you will participate in helping us and our field partners solve a local community challenge. We're committed to sustainability, in the communities in which we operate and in the ecosystems we encounter. We seek to minimise the impact of our trips by minimising and properly disposing of waste created, by conserving energy and water, and by ensuring that endangered wildlife and environmentally compromised areas are treated with respect.

In all our tour operations, we strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible. First of all, in our offices we are efficient with paper (we don't print unless absolutely necessary and use recycled paper where possible). Where possible we encourage our travelers to travel by public transportation, which also adds to the cultural experience. When we use private transport we use modern fleets, which are more energy efficient and emit less CO2.

On Mt Kilimanjaro, all cooking is done on gas or kerosene stoves (rather than firewood) and all litter is carried off the mountain. Hot washing water in bowls is provided to avoid polluting the streams. Porter welfare is another important part of our staff policy.

Community

THE SOCIAL IMPACT AND THE COMMUNITY PROJECT

Tanzania is the third poorest country in the world, and its education is the poorest in Africa.

In a class of 200 students there are only 3 textbooks for the whole class. Teachers do not want to teach at these schools for lack of infrastructure and remoteness. As a result there are youth who have spent 14 years in school who still cant read or write. As a result the majority of people in these areas are poor and illiterate. 65% of people above the age of 40 can't read or write, giving them no chance of securing a better future for themselves or their family. We plan to reinvent these rural schools and turn them into desirable and successful places.

The first step to increase the literacy rate of these children is to build functional teachers accommodation, which in turn will attract teachers to these schools.

The second phase of the project will be to install solar panels on the schools for vital electricity and lighting, as well as charging capabilities for eBook reader.

The third phase will be to supply each child with a "Learning Tool Kit" which will consist of one eBook reader per student and a solar lamp to use at home for doing homework after dark, as well as charging their eBook reader. These readers will hold all of their education materials in one easy to carry place.

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