Asante sana!


50 money donations, a suitcase full of goodies and more on the way for the Amani children. Asante sana! Thank you very much! 🙂

Here’s a treat for your Tuesday morning – the song that the porters usually sing to celebrate successful summits on Kilimanjaro. VERY much looking forward to this celebration myself 🙂




I need YOU! And here’s why…

Because I tried – I really did! – to get some big companies to donate some small things for the Amani Children’s Home.  I might have been naive to think that companies that build their brand on their Corporate Social Responsibility programs might see an opportunity in my small project and donate a few much-needed items for homeless children in Tanzania.

And I have spent hours writing emails to these companies, explaining that I will climb Kili for the cause, that I am entirely self-funded. I have given all the information I possibly could about Amani and the wonderful work they’re doing for the street children in Moshi; and how a few boxes of crayons might go a long way in making a child there happy.  Because, I stupidly thought, it would be so easy (and cheap!) for a company like Crayola to donate a few crayons or coloring books.  Or for Boots to donate a few thermometers…

But it turns out that the grand CSR programs these companies pride themselves with are nothing more than 3rd party clearance houses.  They donate their extra stock to other companies who distribute them (for a fee!) to the same charities, over and over again.  In other words, they delegate their Corporate Social Responsibility.  So no surprise, then, that all I got in response was a polite (and a few not-so-polite) NOs.

Here are some of the companies I have contacted:  Crayola, Melissa&Doug, Boots, Superdrug, SportsDirect – and the list goes on and on.

The only company that responded positively was British Airways, who is allowing me 2 extra check-in bags for the donations.  The problem is that I need more donations…

So I am counting on the kindness of people – friends, family and strangers – who might like to pitch in a few simple items for me to take over to the Amani Children’s Home.  I have made an Amazon wishlist based on their list of needs, which you can access here:

TODAY (July 8th) is the last day you could order something off the list in order for the delivery to reach me in time before I leave.

So if you have the Monday blues, please consider doing a random act of kindness by pitching in a few items – it might just chase those blues away! 🙂

So far, I have quite a few medical supplies – including a blood glucose monitoring kit that a couple of friends donated!  Some school supplies might help.  Also, a few basket or volleyballs, to keep these kids off the streets.

In short, anything off the list would be enormously appreciated 🙂


Essential goodies

With only 3 weeks left until my impeding trip to Moshi, things seem to be coming along quite nicely.  The first in kind donations have arrived this week, thanks to a wonderful colleague and very good friend from the LSE.  


If anyone is interested in pitching in a few essential items for the Amani Children’s Home, please visit the Amazon Wishlist I made on the basis of their current needs.  A couple of simple things could really make a difference.

African Child’s Day


Today is African Child’s Day.  If you’ve thought about a small donation to my campaign, but feel uncomfortable giving money, perhaps a donation in kind might suit you better.

The Amani Children’s home has a list of current needs based upon which I made an Amazon wishlist. I have already designated a suitcase in which I will take some of these items to Tanzania. If you’d like to help me fill it by contributing a couple of things, it would be awesome 🙂  Here’s the Amani Wishlist.


International Children’s Day

Over 20 countries around the globe celebrate International Children’s Day today. It is a day meant for awareness – to honor, protect and help these most vulnerable members of our society.

The Amani Children’s Home has made this their mission.  And I am fundraising to ensure they can continue their honorable activity.

Any donation to this charity by sponsoring my trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro would be enormously appreciated:

The grand opening of the Charity Boutique

This past week-end I decided to put my photography skills to good use by launching a Charity Boutique on Facebook.  The concept is simple – for any donation of 15 Euro or more to my Kili Challenge, you will receive the image of your choice from this 12-image gallery.  I will send you the photograph privately via email, in high resolution and without watermark, for your own private (i.e. non-commercial) use.

Please visit the Charity Boutique page on this blog for a better look at the photographs on offer.



The adventure begins!

We're off

After months of dreaming, planning and preparing, the flight to Nairobi is finally booked! I am taking off on July 17th, which leaves me exactly 2 months to fundraise and train for the trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Juggling a full-time PhD, a part-time job and an intensive physical training program for the next 8 weeks will be a challenge in itself.  But I am immensely excited about this project and I am motivated to do it well.  I hope you can come along for the ride, drop me some helpful advice, if you have any, and do be inspired to sponsor my Kili challenge for the Amani Children’s Home.  Off we go!