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Back in the late 1990's when Heather raced through various parts of Africa she was touched by the school kids. Their smiles lit up when they would see her running along a long desolate dirt road and she'd stop to ask them questions. Heather found out that many of these kids walked hours a day, if they were fortunate enough to go to school. She wanted so badly to help.
Joseph was fortunate enough to be studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, during the same time as Heather, while working on his MBA. He spent much time in Lesotho helping the villagers with their English as well as donating various goods to maximize his efforts.
Joseph and Heather have been asking each other how they can help these children without electricity, in rural villages, study and do their homework more effectively."We want to give back to the world we travel."
By bringing cultures together and teaching us about our shared humanity, travel has the power to change the world, one school, one village, one person at a time. When determining how we can help the people, schools and communities we visit, we always ask for the wisdom of local leadership and the involvement of the community to ensure we are providing what is needed.
Our team is comprised of adventurers and humanitarians who are bringing renewable energy solutions to schools that don't have or have limited access to electricity in these rural villages. We have witnessed the impact that just one solar power light can have on a childs life. Imagine the faces of these school kids when they are able to check out, just as they could a book, a solor powered reading light to study by for their school exams.
Out of 134 children in grade 7, only 15 have access to electricity and 25 total have access to some sort of solar lighting. The other children use kerosene lights or candles to study. We found schools in town close to the main road had better access (55 kids out of 109 have electricity) .
In August of 2022 Trekking Ambassadors successfuly fundraised and delivered these much needed solar reading lights, to create "Light Libraries" for the students of the Makomu and Uomboni Secondary Schools. These two schools are situated in a very high remote mountain village located at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, sitting at 19,341 ft. Our team distributed these much needed "Luke lighst", from Santa Barbara based company, Unite to Light.
In a world that seems to be speeding up and instant gratification is prevalent there are still places where the rhythms of life have gone unchanged for decades. We believe everyone is inherently worthy of a good education and we are doing our part to make sure more kids in rural Tanzania can have the basics of light to help make their future a bit brighter. Join our global efforts by supporting our Treks so we can get into the places that not many can.
You are the reason students can have light to study by. You help the children open their eyes to a brighter future filled with hope and possabilities of a better life!
You, our supporters, can help us to keep providing the much needed gift of light and sight to far remote places.