Caroline McCarthy and Cheryl Yeoh are 2 of the 10 women from around the world who traveled to Tanzania on February 24 as ambassadors of Ladies Trekking Virtual Club, a group that aims to bring together women who have climbed or aspire to climb Mount Kilimanjaro not just to share their stories, but to give back.
Ladies Trekking is raising funds to launch a lasting form of inspiration and goodwill: Dreamers and Doers, a book of essays by women who have reached the roof of Africa. All proceeds will go towards its homegrown nonprofit, the Impatiens Kilimanjari Foundation, which donates textbooks to school children in Tanzania as well as pays tuition for Maasai girls. This was Ladies Trekking's third trip bringing women to Kilimanjaro in direct support of local communities and schools. (For photos from the previous two Ladies Trekking trips, check out their Facebook page.)
In Tanzania there are more then 400,000 children who lack the opportunity to get a proper school education. 70% of them are girls. More than 4,000 Tanzanian schools have a shortage of textbooks; in schools in the north of the country, right in the shadow of Kilimanjaro, there are often 100 kids to a classroom and only one textbook that is in the hands of the teacher. The Impatiens Kilimanjari Foundation believes that each child should learn from his or her own personal textbook and that girls should have an equal opportunity to go to school.
The more educated we are, the more we can help ourselves and the less charity we need in our lives. By telling their own stories of aspiration and challenge, the women of Dreamers and Doers hope to help Tanzanian girls fulfill their ambitions, too.
Click through to read Caroline's and Cheryl's personal stories for why they joined in this exciting journey.
Please note: Your generous donations are not going towards our travel expenses, just the production and publication of Dreamers and Doers and the children in Tanzania whom we are supporting. Because Impatiens Kilimanjari is based in Europe, direct donations through this campaign page are not tax-deductible in the U.S. If this is of concern to you, please contact Caroline and Cheryl -- IK is working with CAFamerica to process U.S.-based donations of over $500 so that they are tax-deductible.