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    Samba Treks

    Project #1

    The Stella Maris Primary School was built to provide an English-medium education to the poor, orphaned, or at-risk children of the Mailisita Village area. The school also provides nutrition to the children. It currently serves 300 children from ages 5 through 12 years old.

    Project #2

    The Kilimanjaro Porter Clothing/Gear Project supports Kilimanjaro porters carrying enormous loads up the mountain while wearing clothing that is torn and inadequate for the extremely cold temperatures. Samba Treks pays its porters generously, but most climbing companies do not.

    We encourage all of our clients for Mount Kilimanjaro climbs or safaris to bring new or gently used gear to be donated/distributed to these porters. Their meager salaries do not allow them to purchase hiking gear because it is very expensive locally.

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of February 23, 2024
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .
    Samba Treks

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.