Monday, 4 August 2014

Challenges 2015-By James Haughton

The curtain has closed on another year of incredible support from our student fundraisers. Hats off to all of them and their efforts to raise sponsorship to take on challenges such as Kilimanjaro. This coming year we are delighted to be organizing our own trips using our experience and knowledge of working in East Africa.

By removing UK suppliers from the chain we have created a win, win, win solution that will mean that we can ensure that all the ground staff receive the very best pay possible, keep all the economic benefit of the climbs in the local economy and ultimately ensure that we receive more donations to get clean water to more people. In addition we are able to offer a better deal to our fundraisers by putting them directly in touch with local companies to arrange their independent travel after the climbs and reducing the registration fees. It’s a big move for us but so far the response has been excellent. We have 35 group leaders ready to go for 2015 and registrations pouring in after opening the portals last week.

All of this has been made possible by the support of the Kilimanjaro Porters’ Unions and organizations such as the Kilimanjaro Porters’ Assistance Project based in Moshi. Their expertise has allowed us to build partnerships with local companies that are true to our people first attitude.  We are delighted that all of our climbs this year and next year will be addressed by representatives of the organizations to give our climbers a real insight into the lives and challenges of the porters.

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