New partnership with Amani Children’s Home


Tanzania Amani - DSC_0106 - March 2010Climb for Leaders is pleased to partner with Amani Children’s Home in Moshi, Tanzania, on the foothills of Kilimanjaro (see http://amanikids.org/).

Amani is dedicated to the protection of Tanzania’s most vulnerable population: street-children and AIDS orphans. It is estimated that there are 2.5 million orphaned children in Tanzania.

Since its founding by Tanzanians in 2001, Amani has rescued hundreds of children from the perils of life on the streets, where they face a high risk of HIV transmission, malnutrition, and abuse.

Amani, which means “peace” in Swahili, provides healthy food, education, counseling and medical care for every child who turns to them for help.

“I first visited Amani in 2005 after completing the Kilimanjaro climb with my daughter Aliya. We were very impressed by the director’s professionalism and determination to expand and improve the services that Amani provided. Since 2006, Amani has moved to much larger premises, grown substantially, and supports hundreds of kids within at Amani and in the community,” says Karim H. Ismail, co-founder of Climb for Leaders.“On our visit to Amani on March 1, 2010, we are delighted to see first hand their overall progress, the new facilities, the quality of their programs, and the impact they are making in the lives of some of the most needy children in Moshi,” recounted Narmin K. Ismail, co-founder of Climb for Leaders. “We look forward to students who undertake future Climb for Leaders expeditions also supporting Amani through community service and fund-raising efforts.”

Valerie Todd, Amani’s Director, said, “Street-children are among the most vulnerable of all Tanzanian children. At Amani, homeless kids not only find safety, nutritious food, clean clothes, and medical care; they also find education, love and, whenever possible, the chance to grow up as part of a family. By raising awareness of and support for Amani, the students who participate in Climb for Leaders expeditions will make a difference in the lives of hundreds of Tanzanian children, offering each one hope for a brighter future.”

For details, please visit http://www.climbforleaders.com/expeditions/africa.

Below are some images of the new facilities at Amani House, made possible through the generous support of donors and volunteers.

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