NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Over the past year, the Kilimanjaro Education Foundation (KEF) has continued its work building and upgrading classrooms and bathrooms as well as providing crucial school supplies and water solutions for students and their families in Tanzania, Africa.
Throughout 2017 and 2018 thus far, KEF has delivered hundreds of school books, built or repaired more than 80 bathrooms and toilets, delivered dozens of desks, replaced roofing on numerous classrooms, and built, replaced or repaired multiple water tanks and towers.
A nonprofit volunteer organization that celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017, KEF's mission is to improve the educational and learning environment in African communities by supporting local projects ranging from the provision of school materials to the building of necessary facilities and amenities.
"We are thrilled to continue work to help enhance the education experience for children in the public school system in Tanzania, thanks to generous donors – and climbers," said Michelle Landy, president of KEF. "There has been much accomplished over the past year, but there is still a lot of work to be done as we seek to fund new projects to impact the lives of children and their communities on a daily basis. Simon Manyotto, our Project Lead on the ground in Tanzania, has been instrumental in the speedy execution of these projects and building relationships at all levels of the schools and other local stakeholders."
Among the projects completed in 2017 and so far in 2018 are:
- Moshi Primary School (Moshi) – hundreds of new school books purchased locally and delivered to the school. KEF has also donated a number of laptops to the school for their previously 'theoretical only' IT program.
- Baraa Secondary School (Arusha) – hundreds of new school books purchased locally and delivered to the school.
- Salei Primary School (Arusha) – repaired and returned to working order 23 bathrooms, including new water tower/tanks.
- Unga Primary School (Arusha) – repaired and returned to working order 16 bathrooms, including new water tower/tanks.
- Ngarenaro Primary School (Arusha) – replaced roofing on eleven classrooms that were in an extreme state of disrepair and repaired 22 toilets including new water tower/tanks. KEF also built and delivered several dozen desks.
- Mzimuni Primary School (outside Arusha) – repaired an old water system that was out of use (in a dry area with very little water).
- Osunyai Primary School (Arusha) – dug a water bore hole to be used for the toilets and bathrooms.
- Sombetini Secondary School (Arusha) – new water tower was installed for existing water tanks, which had been out of use due to collapsed towers.
The Arusha City Council has formally recognized and praised the work of KEF. KEF will continue to work hand in hand with the Council as it continues to identify projects in the Arusha area.
Todd Grossman founded KEF after climbing Kilimanjaro in 2006 and meeting the guides and their families in villages surrounding the mountain, and was struck by the opportunity and desire to build local relationships and make an impact.
"Climbing Kilimanjaro and establishing KEF in 2006 was a life-changing moment in time for me, and I hope that the work being conducted by KEF will continue to provide life-changing moments for scores of children in Africa for years to come," Grossman said.
Over the past 10 years, KEF has raised nearly $300,000 and helped tens of thousands of students. The organization has built classrooms and libraries, constructed a significant number of new toilets and sanitation systems, installed numerous water tanks, secured electricity and internet connections, distributed hundreds of desks, chairs and tables, computers and printers, thousands of books and pens/pencils, and hundreds of eyeglasses.
KEF raises funds in a number of ways. The climbing community has embraced the organization, with charity climbs being conducted every year by people around the world who travel to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. In addition, donations are gratefully accepted on the KEF website (http://www.kef4kids.org).
Kilimanjaro Education Foundation, founded in 2006 is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Our mission is to improve the educational and learning environment in African communities by supporting local projects ranging from the provision of educational materials to the building of necessary facilities and amenities. KEF's volunteers and donors share in and impart not only the Foundation's passion for children and education, but also in KEF's core values of collaboration, sustainability and empowerment.
SOURCE Kiliminajaro Education Foundation