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Mount Kilimanjaro porters’ society

About Us

This society was registered under the name Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society on 30th September 2005 as a non-governmental organization with a certificate no 13296 under the organization art of the United Republic of Tanzania. The society exists as a shield for porters who are registered under it with the goal of improving the living and working condition of these porters.

This project supports porters who climb Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru due to the fact that most of the porters are low income earners and they have low or no education at all, so the project is aimed at improving the living and working conditions of those porters, especially by providing them the following:

Free education during the low season, such as health education e.g. MALARIA and HIV/AIDS, financial management education, mountain sickness education, environmental conservation education and English.

As of late, all porters have their own bank account and bank card, which will help them to handle their money better; due to this, some of the porters pursue their own businesses, can afford to build their own houses, pay their bills and are taking care of their families in terms of basic needs such as food, shelter, clothes and education material.

In terms of environmental education we have started and partly finished several tree planting projects around Moshi and Karatu (Highview Hotel) in order to raise awareness on environmental problems and to give employment to the porters during the low season.

The fact that a large percent of the porters are low income earners who are either semi-illiterate or illiterate, mount kilimanjaro porters society ensures that these porters are taken care of in the case of payments as they come back from work and other aspects that relates with work and their normal lives. With a big assistance from Zara Charity, mount kilimanjaro porters’ society ensures that porters are benefited in the listed ways below:

1. Health Insurance With the nature of work the porters do it is easy to get sick or injured while they work, for this case all porters under Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society are registered on the National Health Insurance Fund to secure them if they get sick or injured while working. Together with that at the beginning of every high season (more tourists climbing kilimanjaro), mount kilimanjaro porters society ensures that all porters are healthy checked so as to start the season while everyone is physically fit.

2. First Aid Training To reduce the risk of losing lives for both tourists and porters, the porters under mount kilimanjaro porters society are trained with the basic mountain first aid knowledge which enables them to be of help between themselves and even to clients. The training is usually done during low season (less tourists climbing Kilimanjaro) because here many porters are in town and they attend in high numbers.

3. Beginner English Learning Classes Almost 90% of the porters cannot speak English, for this reason it is hard for them to communicate with tourists whenever required to. To remove this misunderstanding mount kilimanjaro porters society organizers tailor made English classes for the porters which enables them to gain the basic language knowledge and be able to communicate with the tourist. Also this is done during low season (less tourists climbing Kilimanjaro) because many porters are in town and the number of attendees is high.

4. HIV Aids Education HIV AIDS has been a threatening disease in our country for a while now. People with less knowledge on how to prevent themselves from such a disease have been attacked by this disease generations to generations. Poverty and illiteracy is the main cause for this disease that is why mount kilimanjaro porters society usually arranges HIV AIDS classes for the porters so that they can learn how to prevent themselves from it and also to be able to go to work and take care of their families.

5. Financial Management Education With the income they earn without proper methods of saving and using it will be difficult for porters to take care of their families. Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society arranges financial management classes for porters from time to time and also ensures that all porters have bank accounts for which their salaries are paid to and also they use them to save money for the future especially during low season when few tourists climb Kilimanjaro.


Our Vision

To unite the world long term volunteers with various project supported by ZARA Charity NGO.

Our Mission

- To support special groups in the society such as orphans, women, and poor people by providing them basic needs such as food, shelter clothes and education
- Also the organization supports porters who climb the mountain

Our Core Values

- Social needs
- Educational needs
- Environmental conservation and sustainability
- Employment creation
- To improve living and working condition for the porters who climb mount Kilimanjaro and meru.

Our Values

To ensure local community development and sustainability
To support disadvantaged groups within the community such as women, orphans, and poor people by proving them basic needs such as food, Shelter education e.t.c.
To link our projects with international donors
To ensure environmental conservation and sustainability

Our Objectives

- To enhance community economic development
- To improve women economic performance
- To improve living condition for special groups e.g. Women, orphans etc.

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