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COVID-19 Support: Feeding Our Kilimanjaro Crew

Video by Barking Zebra Tours

Posted: June 22, 2020

Barking Zebra Tours launched a GoFundMe campaign to feed the hardest hit members of our Kilimanjaro mountain crew.

Mt. Kilimanjaro has been the source of life for many people for generations. Covid-19 has devastated our Tanzanian mountain crew, their families, and the entire Kilimanjaro community.  The most vulnerable – our guides, cooks, and porters depend on the life of the mountain to provide for their families.

With the necessary cancellation of our 2020 Mt. Kilimanjaro climbs, our mountain crew are suddenly cut off from the source that has provided their families for years. The mountain is empty and quiet. And our Tanzania family has lost their only source of income. There are no government agencies that can come to their rescue. No Covid bail-out money from their legislature, no special unemployment funds, or social safety net that will be there for them. Most of these folks reside in towns and can’t farm their way to food sustainability. And most importantly, they need food assistance right away.

After many discussions with other tour operators and the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project in Tanzania, we have decided the best way to help our Tanzanian crews and their families is through direct deliveries of sustainable food.

Our goal is to raise $14,000 to purchase rice, beans, maze flour, and cooking oil – all of it going directly to our mountain crew and their families. Barking Zebra Tours will distribute food to 150 people for six months.

That comes to just over $15 to feed one of our friends for an entire month! Think of it – for what we might spend on a single lunch; we can support a mom, a dad, or their child for 30 days. What an incredible use of our dollars!

Everything – 100% of the money raised will go straight to them… to keep hunger away and hope alive.