Frank John Fund

Following Frank John's sad passing away in March 2022, some former climbers requested the opportunity to contribute towards helping Frank's surviving wife, Clara, cover the costs for the family.

Frank John Fund

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to those clients who have made the following donations to Clara, Frank John's wife:

Description of need Period / detail Requested (TZS) Approx. USD Pledged? Paid?
Clothes for children Easter 2022 150,000 $64 βœ… βœ…
Outstanding school fees To end March 2022 303,000 $130 βœ… βœ…
Overdue house rent Nov 21 to Apr 2022 1,200,000 $516 βœ… βœ…
Clara's medical debts April 2022 150,000 $65 βœ… βœ…
Arrears on school fees 29 April 2022 85,000 $37 βœ… βœ…
Electricity credits Apr to Sep 2022 90,000 $38 βœ… βœ…
School fees John (11) To Dec 2022 1,043,000 $448 βœ… βœ…
School fees Elipida (7) To Dec 2022 1,043,000 $448 βœ… βœ…
Monthly groceries* April 2022 465,000 $200 βœ… βœ…
Monthly groceries* May 2022 465,000 $200 βœ… βœ…
Monthly groceries* June 2022 465,000 $200 βœ… βœ…
House rent May to July 2022 600,000 $258 βœ… βœ…
Medical bills (Elpida) 29 May 2022 23,500 $10 βœ… βœ…
House rent July to Oct 2022 600,000 $258 βœ… βœ…
Medical bills (Japhet) 23 June 2022 77,000 $33 βœ… βœ…

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The following additional funds were donated towards Clara's attempt to start her own small business:

Date received Amount pledged (USD) TZS equivalent Received?
31 May 2022 $161 TZS 375,000 βœ…
05 June 2022 $101 TZS 235,000 βœ…
Total pledged TZS 610,000 $262

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The above gifts from our clients were made on the basis of the following estimated calculations:

*Details of Monthly Groceries - 6 months' estimate for family of 4

  • Baby Andrew's milk, 1 litre per day = 252,000
    • Cooking gas, 15kg x 3 = 162,000
      • Soap, boxes x 2 = 84,000
        • Rice, 100kg = 250,000
          • Cooking oil, 40 litres = 224,000
            • Petroleum jelly, tubs x 3 = 30,000
              • Body lotion, tubs x 2 = 20,000
                • Charcoal, bags x 3 = 150,000
                  • Baby Andrew's porridge (Cerelac), boxes x 6 = 90,000
                    • Oat meal = 30,000
                      • Margarine x 3 = 30,000
                        • Salt, carton x 1 = 20,000
                          • Spaghetti or pasta, carton x 1 = 30,000
                            • Wheat flower, 25kg x 2 = 70,000
                              • Maize flower, 50kg = 60,000
                                • Sugar, 50kg = 120,000
                                  • Beans, 20kg = 50,000
                                    • Powder soap, buckets x 3 = 45,000
                                      • Cooking ingredients and spices = 300,000
                                        • Meats / vegetables / fish = 540,000

                                          This safari itinerary is recommended from November to April when we expect the migration to be in the south.


                                          If you want to make a significant, positive contribution towards cleaning up Kilimanjaro and help us return its ecology to a pristine wilderness environment, please make use of the following payment facility:

                                          Frank John Fund
                                          Tuesday, April 26th 2022

                                          Following Frank John's sad passing away in March 2022, some former climbers requested the opportunity to contribute towards helping Frank's surviving wife, Clara, cover the costs for the family.

                                          Help Bring Clean Water to the Maasai
                                          Tuesday, December 21st 2021

                                          Several years ago, Team Kilimanjaro were approached by representatives of the Maasai community that live close to the Lake Natron region of northern Tanzania, with a request to assist villagers in obtaining clean water.

                                          CAFU 1301
                                          November 2021

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                                          Help Us Fight Rhino Poaching
                                          Wednesday, October 20th 2021

                                          It is estimated that since the turn of the previous century, the world has lost more than 99% of its rhino population, and that today (figure updated on 15th January 2024), only 24,431 of these majestic creatures survive. (See more details on poaching and species numbers at the World Animal Foundation's website.)

                                          VIP Series Comparison
                                          Thursday, September 23rd 2021

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                                          Wilderness First Aid Basics
                                          Thursday, September 23rd 2021

                                          Wilderness first aid is the knowledge and ability to effectively address injuries, illnesses, or emergencies outside of modern facilities, out in the wild. Skills include knowing how to dress a wound, treat a burn or bite, or set an injured limb. These are important skills that can save your life or the lives of other outdoor enthusiasts. Learn more and be better prepared for your next hiking or backpacking adventure.


                                          Many people spend a lot of time and money training and equipping themselves for a Kilimanjaro climb, only to fail in their objective of reaching the summit. Failure is avoidable and we really want trekkers to understand how to prevent it.


                                          As from March 2021, PCR testing (or rather, sample-taking) is now available at Seronera and Ndutu airstrips in the Serengeti. This facility has been implemented to prevent clients having to either curtail their safaris or dissect their safaris with a journey to Arusha or, more recently, Karatu (FAME Hospital), mid-safari - so as to satisfy the "less than 72 hours old" validity rule that most airlines are required to enforce. 

                                          Arusha Cycling Club
                                          Wednesday, January 20th 2021

                                          Arusha Pedal Series club aims to organise a group ride three times a week - on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, and Saturdays. All keen cyclists are welcome to join.

                                          Dangerous to climb Kilimanjaro?
                                          Friday, January 1st 2021

                                          We read widely divergent estimates of deaths on Kilimanjaro, but how dangerous is it really? In this post we share our own experience of the dangers.