We at Serengeti Pride Safaris & Kilimanjaro Climbs are committed to supporting proper treatment for our crew on Mount Kilimanjaro. As an approved Partner for Responsible Travel with the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC), our climbs are regularly monitored by IMEC’s local initiative, the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), to ensure that we are abiding by the guidelines established for fair porter treatment. www.kiliporters.org
Serengeti Pride Safaris & Kilimanjaro Climbs sponsored one of our assistant guides Agger (Aga) to go to KPAP's program to teach him how to instruct porters in basic English. SPS has also sponsored English classes for our porters. English skills help porters progress to more coveted and higher paying jobs as camp crew and eventually guides for those who are qualified, or to find employment in other areas of the tourism or other industries.
We sponsor or partially sponsor our guides to attend Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder trainings depending on their responsibility level.
Some Background on KPAP and Their Program
In 2003 KPAP was established to improve the working conditions of the porters by equipping, educating and empowering them. In addition KPAP works to educate the public and tour companies about fair porter treatment. The Tanzanian NGO was registered seven years ago and is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado.
KPAP is Dedicated To
Lending donated clothing to porters climbing Kilimanjaro at no charge
Providing complimentary classes to porters on topics that include English, First Aid, HIV/AIDS Awareness, Money Management and Porter Rights
Working with climbing companies to monitor compliance to fair treatment practices
Educating the public on porter working conditions and fair porter treatment
There are Many Ways to Help Make a Difference in the Lives of Kilimanjaro Porters
Ensure you climb with a responsible company that respects recommended porter guidelines, such as Serengeti Pride Safaris & Kilimanjaro Climbs
Complete a post-climb survey on the KPAP website: http://www.kiliporters.org/complete_a_climber_survey.php
Make a financial contribution to KPAP by visiting their website: http://www.kiliporters.org/make_a_financial_donation.php
Donate climbing gear/clothing to the KPAP office in Moshi