Support the guides & porters of Mount Kilimanjaro
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There are a few small local organisations and charities in Moshi, Tanzania that have been set up to ensure that there is better regulation of the working conditions of these extremely hardworking and inspirational people. The job of the guides ... More ...

The job of the guides and porters is to escort tourists up the mountain so that we reach there safely whilst at the same time making the whole experience incredibly special and memorable. Unfortunately, these people are not always in a position to seek employment elsewhere which leaves them in a very vulnerable position and often subject to working in less than ideal conditions on the mountain. The vast majority have very basic clothing which does not protect them from the adverse weather conditions that they will encounter on the mountain. This is something I would like to tackle. I would also like to address issues such as access to adequate amounts of food and water as well as sleeping conditions which are still huge problems. There are still concerns that a large number of guides and porters are not always receiving at least two nutritious meals a day and are often sharing a tent with up to 15 others in which they also cook meals etc. This obviously has siginifacant health implications which must be addressed. There are also various programs to enable individual porters and guides to be sponsored to attend courses to allow career progression so that they have more opportunites in the future.

I believe that the money I raise  will help to tackle a lot of these issues. I am currently in the process of liaising with two local organisations in Tanzania called KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project) and kiliguides. I hope to work with these organisations and use the money I raise to address some if not all of the issues that I have discussed. I am also having discussions with a doctor local to the area as to how we can provide access to basic healthcare including treatments for altitude sickness. What is often forgotten is that the guides and porters also suffer with symptoms of mountain sickness but just have to get on with it as they have no financial or practical means to seek medical attention and in the whole scheme of things it is low on their list of priorities. At the end of the day these people are human beings and deserve to do their job and climb the mountain comfortably and safely as we do as tourists and I am going to work as hard as I possibly can to ensure that this happens.

Please do not let this put you off climbing the mountain. When all is said and done, this is an amazing experience and is a huge local employer in Tanzania. I feel comforted by the fact that these people are in employment. I just feel that when placed in a vulnerable position they are not always aware of their rights and often there is a fear of speaking out. For these reasons I hope to be a voice for the guides and porters of kilimanajaro and faclitate the ongoing improvements to their working conditions.

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