This June, TDS will be returning with a group of volunteers to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for education in the Mara region. The 2019 Kilimanjaro Climb will be the third time that TDS will be taking a group to Tanzania to scale the highest peak in Africa, and largest freestanding mountain in the world. It will also be the second time that TDS is joined by Madaraka Nyerere, a group of students and a headmaster from Nyegina who will be leading our group of 13 Americans up the mountain. With about two and a half months until our climbers enter through the gates to Kilimanjaro National Park, our fundraising efforts for the 2019 campaign are officially underway.
Our previous two climbs in 2012 and 2016 were successful fundraising campaigns that raised more than $80,000 that went towards the construction of a Library and Community Resource Center (LCRC) in Nyegina. Officially opened in 2016, the library is now frequently used by both primary and secondary school students in Nyegina and will soon be home to one of the largest collections of books in both Kiswahili and English in the country!
For the 2019 Kilimanjaro campaign, we have set an ambitious goal of raising $75,000 that will be used to elevate the LCRC to a true 21st century center for learning for the community. Funds that are raised will be used to purchase computers and tablets, hiring and training personnel to manage the computer lab and large collection of books, and furnishing a kids’ extension of the LCRC so pre-primary children can start their education earlier than ever.
To learn more about our team of volunteers and support our goal of raising $75,000, visit our official 2019 Kilimanjaro Climb fundraising page. Donations can be made towards individual climber’s personal goals or towards the campaign in general. To make a donation to an individual climber’s goal, visit their personal fundraising page and click donate. To make a general donation towards the campaign, click the donate button at the very bottom of the main fundraising page. You can also make donations towards the campaign by mailing a check to 201 Thornbrook Road, DeKalb, IL 60115.
In addition to learning a little bit about our climbers through their fundraising pages, we will also be featuring a spotlight on each of our climbers in the weeks leading up to the climb. So stay tuned to the TDS blog to learn more about the 2019 Kili climb team and follow them along on their adventures in Tanzania.