How We Care for Our Porters
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is quite well regulated, compared to some other areas such as the Himalayas, and as such they ensure that Porters carry a maximum weight of 15kg of company trekking gear and between 5kg & 7kg of personal gear. All Porter packs are weighed before permits are issued at the start of trek on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Other than this, the standard of porter care is essentially left up to the company with many following a basic code of practice on a voluntary basis.
We believe Kilimanjaro climbs would not be possible without porters so we value our porters and create fair working conditions.
Majestic Kilimanjaro Treks & Safaris Code of Porter Care is as follows:
Majestic Kilimanjaro Scholarship Program
As a company we always trying to improve conditions in the local community, and so in 2015 as well as our continued support of the Paradiso Orphanage, we started our Majestic Kilimanjaro Scholarship Program. This fund enables selected Porters to attend three (3) month English language courses, driving school, wilderness first aid training, nine (9) month guiding school, hospitality school or mechanics training. We also provide a monthly stipend/allowance so these men can continue to look after their families during the training.
Further education of this nature is well out of the reach of most porters. Apart from the cost of the courses, there is also the challenge of being able to continue to support their families while studying. Our scholarship fund, which has been formed from profits from the Kilimanjaro climbs and safaris we run through Majestic Kilimanjaro, looks after all that so that the recipients can just focus on their studies.
Scholarship Program Launch
On 23rd March 2015 we launched the program with James Kahumba, Christian Lomnyaki, Amani Ernest and Silvano Clemence (who has been working with us as a cook for the last two years), starting their three months English course at the YMCA Vocational Training Centre. This was followed by a one month driving course. These 4 men attended class every day for 45mins and then were expected to complete homework. English language skills and a drivers license will allow these men to take up opportunities that weren't open to them before. On their successful completion they will be able to choose whether to attend either a nine months guide, hospitality or mechanics training.
We are very excited and wish them every success!