Rachel McBride
Rachel McBride's Fundraiser

5,895 Meters to Support Young Readers

I'm climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to support girls and boys in Mara, Tanzania.

$790 towards $1,000

My name is Rachel and I am excited to be returning to Tanzania this June to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with Tanzania Development Support!

In 2013 I had the pleasure of being a part of the Tanzania Study Abroad group with Dr. Thurmaier. This trip exposed me to a lot of new things in the world, changed my worldview significantly and certainly gave me a desire to climb Kili one day! Not only am I excited for the climb, but to see old friends and meet new ones too. I will need to brush up on the Swahili I learned a few years ago and can't wait to challenge the students to a football match!

About the 2019 Kilimanjaro Climb -

Tanzania Development Support is proud to join Madaraka Neyerere (youngest son of the first president of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere) for a second time and ascend to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in the name of supporting education in the Mara region of Tanzania. Now that the Library and Community Resource Center (LCRC) has been constructed and outfitted with thousands of textbooks and general circulation books that are published in Swahili, we are working towards elevating the facility to a true 21st century center for learning. We have set an ambitious goal of raising $75,000 for the 2019 Kilimanjaro Climb, which will be used to fund the following:

Technology – Computers and tablets that students will be able to use for assignments and research, and teachers will be able to use for professional development and improved teaching methods.

Equipment – Furnishing the LCRC Kids' Section so pre-primary children in the surrounding villages have an opportunity to begin their education earlier than ever.

Personnel – Hiring and training staff to manage the vast collection of textbooks and general circulation books in Swahili, recruit community volunteers and students to participate in library clubs, and help educate adults on how to access websites and books about agriculture, business, and much more.

Thank you so much for your investment in these beautiful children and the future of Tanzania. If you'd like to find other ways to help out or to join the trip, please don't hesitate to reach out. Asante Sana!