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Friday 25th January – Thursday 7th February 2019
Join us for our first ever Kilimanjaro Challenge in Tanzania which will include 7 nights climbing the highest peak in Africa and a day's safari in the Serengeti National Park.
£2,250 excluding international flights and connections to Mwanza and a £1,500 fundraising challenge
Our street child partners Cheka Sana Tanzania are based in Mwanza, which happens to be right next door to Kilimanjaro! We want to combine one of the ultimate bucket-list challenges with a visit to Cheka Sana to experience their amazing work with children on the streets (particularly girls and young women) and to raise funds for this fantastic Tanzanian project.
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, 5490 metres above sea level, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. We asked Amos supporter and Duke of Edinburgh Award supremo Joy Martin to research a special Amos trip to climb Kilimanjaro — this is what she said,
The summit climb began at midnight and is a 7 hour trek. It’s a breathtaking experience illuminated by the light of thousands of stars. As we got closer to the top, watching the sun come up was incredible. It was a huge personal challenge and it took me 56 minutes to complete the final 1km which would normally have taken me just 10 minutes. But it was worth it to reach the snow-covered plateau at the top and to look out from the tallest freestanding mountain in the world!”
This unique trip will start with 5 nights in Mwanza where for 3 days, you will join Cheka Sana on the streets, visit their day centre and sheltered accommodation and experience their reintegration work.
Grace, and 10 other young women from the streets went through Cheka Sana’s therapeutic group work programme, after which they set up their own tailoring business. “I didn’t know women could run a business without a man in charge. We should be strong enough to stand our ground”.
Two young women from the streets of Tanzania who completed Cheka Sana's group work programme, who went on to set up their own successful tailoring business in Mwanza. Image: © Amos Trust/Tom Merilion 2018
You will then have a 1-day safari in the world famous Serengeti National Park, before flying to Kilimanjaro airport in nearby Moshi.
The next day you will begin your 7-day climb of Mount Kilimanjaro — up the beautiful Machame Route which has a 92% success rate, with Tanzanian trecking company Safarease. Being a non-technical climb it is open to most people of reasonable fitness.
The trip will include:
We are keen to encourage as many people as possible to join us for this challenge, and especially women. Our aim is to raise as much money as possible to support groups of young women, like Grace, to unlock their potential, and overcome the barriers they face which can seem as challenging and immovable as Kilimanjaro itself.
Please click here for further details about this trip, including a full schedule and climb information.
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