What Marisa says
I have chosen to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and raise money for Nanapai & Ikirwa School, both local Tanzanian charities, because I am incredibly blessed in my life. I believe in these specific charities after research and a better understanding of the local culture.
As a tourist, I will be spending time in this land and meeting and learning the ways of the Masaai and Hadzabe tribes. Nanapai is the charity that helps support these tribes with supplemental medicinces and advovating for them to keep their culture and way of life which has been in existence for over 1000 years.
Ikirwa School was developed to help teach Tanzanian children English and to help prepare them for a long and successful life in whatever they choose to do.
Raising money to help both of these charities will make my trek worthwhile. As I have the trip of a lifetime, I will also be able to give back to the communities that have allowed me to do so.