Violet and David Whiting are going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2016 with the Climb4Girls group. This group is raising money for a project called "Jali" which is run by an NGO in Tanzania called TAI. We are paying for the climb ourselves, and any money that we raise through this site will go straight to this project.
"Jali" is a Swahili word that means "care" and the project aims to help girls in secondary schools in rural Tanzania to complete their schooling. You can find out more about the project here.
Thank you for considering supporting this cause. We will be grateful for any amount you can give.
We have just come back from a meeting about the project, held at the British Council offices in Dar es Salaam. Sorry the photo below is not great. The meeting covered some basic facts and figures about the issues that girls face in secondary school and provided an overview of the work that TAI does and the Jali project in particular.
Tomorrow we will be meeting to plan our trip from Dar to Kilimanjaro on Monday. It's a reasonably long, hot journey, about 8 or 9 hours in a little people carrier.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this campaign. I'm not sure how easy it will be to add updates here while we are in Tanzania and especially while going up Mount Kilimanjaro. If I can't use this page then I'll try to post updates to my twitter account https://twitter.com/david_r_whiting
We will start the climb on 3 August and should be back down again, drinking a nice cold beer, on 8 or 9 August. From what I've read it's going to be tough!