Mary Snieckus
Mary Snieckus's Fundraiser

5,895 Meters to Support Young Readers

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

$1,225 towards $2,500

I read the Snows of Kilimanjaro as a kid. I was fascinated by the fact that Africa could have any snow at all; let alone had a mountain with a white top in what I thought was a jungle. That idea was courtesy of the Rudyard Kipling tales my mom read to me when I was little. I could imagine mountains and jungle, and growing up in Wisconsin I could imagine snow - together they seemed so exotic that I didn't think they could really be in one place. So I have always wanted to experience the mountain for myself.

I travelled to Kenya with my family for humanitarian work 13 years ago. We were with communities where people identified the projects they wanted help with, and we worked together repairing and building homes, and sharing games, stories and dancing with kids and adults. It was meaningful to me to share not just building supplies but our time, effort and meals - it was fun to share cooking tips! We had very different life experiences, and yet much in common as people; including a desire to learn and improve our lives and those of the people we care for. It was hard to see that not all had the chance for an education. So when I learned about the work of TDS to support learning and education, especially for girls, I decided to contribute. This trip in particular, to make the library more accessible, is meaningful to me because of how reading has enriched my life. I want to share that gift of words and imagination with others. I can share in the beauty of Kilimanjaro because I can contribute something to the people of Nyegina and I'm very grateful for this opportunity.

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.

Thanks for visiting my Kilimanjaro fundraising page. Please consider making a donation today to support our efforts of providing quality education to youth in the Mara region.