Frank John Fund

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

The following are the costs she has identified and details of whether or not they have already been covered by kind donations from friends. Should you wish to assist in meeting any of the needs not yet covered, do please email us.

Additionally, we have been speaking to Clara about helping her to set up a small local business that will be able to help her work towards regaining her independence. If anyone would like to help with this, do please let us know.

Frank John Fund

Clara (Frank John's wife) Requested List of Needs



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 22 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 22 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 22 600,000 $258 βœ… βœ…
Medical bills (Elpida) 29 May 222 23,500 $10 βœ… βœ…
House rent July to Oct 22 600,000 $258 βœ… βœ…
Medical bills (Japhet) 23 June 222 77,000 $33 ❌ ❌
Monthly groceries* July 2022 465,000 $200 ❌ ❌
Monthly groceries* August 2022 465,000 $200 ❌ ❌
Monthly groceries* September 2022 465,000 $200 ❌ ❌

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*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

                                          Making a Donation

                                          Should you kindly wish to make a donation towards any of Frank John's family's costs, please make use of the following card payment facility:

                                          Clara's Micro-Business Fund

                                          Clara is trying to work towards obtaining financial independence. Towards this end climbers have very kindly pledged boarding school fees and childcare costs to help Clara to find time to launch and run a small local business.

                                          Donated funds will be kept in trust until a small committee of senior TK staff members have provided feedback to Clara on her business plan. Thereafter, capital assets will be purchased directly on Clara's behalf and guidance and support will be provided to her for her launch. Thereafter, the success of the dependence will depend on Clara's self-discipline and determination to succeed. However, guides and senior staff will continue to check-in on Clara and offer guidance and support where requested.

                                          Here are funds pledged or donated towards this micro-business so far:



                                          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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                                          To donate, please visit this link.

                                          Frank John Fund
                                          Tuesday, April 26th 2022

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

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