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 a choice of 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!
About Majestic's Foundation
Majestic's Foundation - Maisha Bora - is funded by the full 50% of Liana and Steve's share of the profits generated from Majestic Kilimanjaro Treks & Safaris. In fact, Steve and Liana take no income for their work in the business either.