Over the following 2-3months this blog will focus on my trip to Tanzania. There will be plenty of pictures for those of you bored of reading this already. I will try to keep it positive and avoid the “look at all the sad, impoverished children” jive. Not that it’s not important. I just think it’s more beneficial to emphasize the good that giving to charity provides and encourage people to give further, rather than send folks on a guilt trip and possibly lead them to conclude “the problem is just too big”.
Founded by Gemma Sisia, The School of St Jude is a charity funded school which provides a free quality education to approximately 1,500 of the poorest children of Arusha, Tanzania, while also providing boarding for over 900 students. Additionally, the school now provides employment to over 340 Tanzanians and purchases the essential goods required to run the school everyday from the local community. The ripple effect on the community and beyond is incredible.
There’s a couple of mountains near Arusha. One of which happens to be the tallest mountain on the African continent. Mt Kilimanjaro stands 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) above sea level. It’s a Stratavolcano, whatever that is. I’m going to climb it. I chose to climb via the Rongai route, coming at it from the north. Along with a group of other travellers (hopefully not a bunch of old, grey haired turkeys) I will trek for 6 days on the mountain starting in tropical forest, working my way up to the summit, which drops to temperatures as low as -20C.