October newsletter: 2018 Kili Climb

With a goal to buy 15,000 books for primary and secondary students, Tanzania Development Support is hosting the 2018 Kili Climb fundraiser. This is your chance to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s tallest mountain and help to raise $75,000 for books.

Now is the time to sign up for Dr. Thurmaier’s 3rd climb to the top of Kili on February 2nd. Following ascension from the 19,341-foot Uhuru (Freedom) Peak, climbers will deliver the donations to the Nyegina community and meet the people TDS strives to assist. The community will choose the literature for the Madaraka Nyerere Library and Community Resource Center. The facility serves about 10,000 children and 100 primary and secondary teachers in the Bukwaya region.

During the trip, participants also will camp at the Serengeti National Park and tour the world-famous Old Duvai Gorge, where Mary Leakey discovered ancient human settlements that revolutionized ideas of our human origins.

We have overwhelming evidence that reading is fundamental to lifelong learning. The establishment of the library and resource center in 2016 that included computers and Internet has offered many new opportunities and up-to-date information for Nyegina girls and boys and their families. However, the library needs to be filled with textbooks that students can use in class and leisure books that families can check out and bring home with them. The money raised from the 2018 Kili Climb will change their lives forever by helping them out of poverty and creating a path for healthier and longer lives.

The co-leaders of the 2018 Kili Climb are Mr. Madaraka Nyerere – the son of Tanzania’s first president Julius Nyerere who was an avid reader known for emphasizing the importance of education – and Professor Kurt Thurmaier. The duo led the successful 2012 Kili Climb that raised more than $33,000 to start building the Library and Community Resource Center in Nyegina.

TDS doubled its collection to $60,000 in the 2016 climb that funded the construction of the computer lab wing to the resource center. The 2012 climb was Madaraka’s eighth climb up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for educational projects in Tanzania. In honor of his efforts and continuing support for the children and families in the Bukwaya region around Nyegina, the resource center has been named the Madaraka Nyerere Library and Community Resource Center.

The climbing package cost is $2415, which includes everything associated with the climb, including porter tips, lodging, and all meals. The total package cost for the 11 days in Tanzania is approximately $2910. That includes the $495 cost of an overnight camping safari in the Serengeti on the way to Nyegina from Kilimanjaro.

To get more information and to sign up for the climb, contact Dr. Kurt Thurmaier at kthur@tdsnfp.org. The deadline to register is Nov. 18.

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