MOUNT KILIMANJARO PORTERS SOCIETY (MKPS) MISSION, VISION, FUTURE PROGRAMS READY TO FULFIL WITH YOUR HELP:

January 7, 2015 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

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1. Mount Kilimanjaro cleaning Project
Kilimanjaro Hiking Tour to Clean-up Mountain, Preserve for Future Generations
Tanzania, Africa – Twice a year, ZARA TOURS, a Tanzanian tour company, hosts a volunteer-based climb to help clean up Mount Kilimanjaro. The next opportunity to join this unique effort is April 25, 2015 & 1st – 7th of October 2015 (Machame Route)

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This Kilimanjaro hiking tour involves a six day trek along one of the most popular routes on the mountain: Machame. Climbers will spend no more than seven hours a day cleaning up debris as they go. It’s all part of the government’s solid waste management initiative, aimed at preserving the mountain climate and usability for future generations.
Additionally, they have passed a pack-in, pack-out rule where all climbers must take all the supplies and trash they produce with them when they leave. This has minimized ongoing pollution on the mountain, but considering there are three staff members to every climber, this is part of an ongoing, collaborative effort to improve conditions on the mountain passes.
ZARA TOURS offers willing volunteers a 15% discount on the cost of their trip. Climbers also get an added incentive of watching their money help those in need in Tanzania – 20% of the proceeds go to Zara Charity, an organization that helps support orphan welfare, porter services, and women’s rights and education, among other charitable interests.
Collaborations like these will keep Tanzania beautiful and its communities thriving. Come be part of making a tangible difference in the world-at-large. Continue to replace negative impacts with positive ones to achieve sustainability.

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION PROJECT;
The area which surrounds the source of Springlands covers the total area of 5
Hectors and the place have the scarcity of 2,000 trees and up to now we have covered the total number of 800 trees. With the remaining of 1,200trees, it’s due to this needs that we have decided as the MKPS to collaborate with the local community in the whole process of training on the importance of environmental conservation and planting 1,000 trees which will help to
Compact the nature and the services provided by the place.

EDUCATION & TRAINING PROJECT
This project supports porters who climb Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru due to the fact that most of the porters are low income earners and they have low or no education at all, so the project is aimed at improving the living and working conditions of those porters, especially by providing them the following:

Free education during the low season, such as health education e.g. MALARIA and HIV/AIDS, financial management education, mountain sickness education, environmental conservation education and English.

As of late, all porters have their own bank account and bank card, which will help them to handle their money better; due to this, some of the porters pursue their own businesses, can afford to build their own houses, pay their bills and are taking care of their families in terms of basic needs such as food, shelter, clothes and education material. In terms of environmental education we have started and partly finished several tree planting projects around Moshi and Karatu (Highview Hotel) in order to raise awareness on environmental problems and to give employment to the porters during the low season.

HEALTH CARE PROJECT
Today, most porters at Mount Kilimanjaro (and ALL porters of ZARA!) are members of the Society and can benefit from various resources such as language classes, classes in environmentally sustainable tourism, healthcare and first-aid classes, training in providing customer services, classes to know their rights, legal advise, assistance in micro-finances to improve their family’s living conditions and guarantee a proper education of their children, year-round employment possibilities, and access to an affordable equipment and clothing store.
MICRO –FINANCE PROJECT
Porters are poorly lacking behind. This can be traced back to their burden of a traditional inferior role within their community. However, porters strongly need some simple skills for example in accounting to improve quality of service, their businesses. This claimed improvement shall be achieved by providing the proper with education and very necessary basic skills in order to empower them and help them to rise above their restricted and superior positions in their communities and society in general. They shall be able to grant their own living, to improve their living standards and most of all to be independent. The vocational training center could support the porters in providing them with proper skills. Moreover, health education in general and particularly about the topics of Aids, Money Management and shall be covered by the Training center as well.

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About ZARA TOURS
ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. Proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience, ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four tented camps, has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German and Spanish, and a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. ZARA TOURS also runs ZARACharity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, maasai women group, and more.

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HE SCALED MT KILIMANJARO 35 TIMES, BURIED HIS WIFE ON ROOFTOP ZARA TOURS, ANNOUNCES THAT IT WILL BEGIN “THE ASSURED TANZANITE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE”.

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