Mount Kilimanjaro Porters society (Partners)

This society was registered under the name Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society on 30th September 2005 as a non govermental 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. 

The fact that a large percent of the porters are low income earners who are either semi-illitrate or illitrate, 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 loosing 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 can not 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 tourits. Also this is done during low season (less tourists climbing Kilimanjaro) because many porters are in town and the number of attendees is high.

  5. 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 themselve 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.

  4. 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 finacial managemnet 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.

 

For More information about Mount Kilimanjaro Porters society, its other sponsors, projects and initiatives please visit their website http://www.kilimanjaro-porters.org/