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Barry and Sachin Dalal-Clayton are training to climb two of Africa’s highest mountains in February 2010. This is to celebrate Barry’s 60th year and to raise funds for the Mkombozi Centre for Street Children
Mkombozi’s mission is to help vulnerable children and youth to grow in mind, body and spirit and to build a more caring society for all. It captures local potential through learning and reflection and acts as a catalyst for holistic development. Mkombozi’s vision is a world where all children and youth are prioritised and can access opportunities to become well rounded, inquiring and productive people who are working towards a more just and democratic society. The charity believes that social justice can be promoted through participation and collaboration.
Mkombozi (meaning "liberator, emancipator" in Swahili) works to stem the tide of Tanzania's street children through housing, education, research, advocacy, and outreach. It was established in 1977 as a live-in residential center and safe haven for street children. But Mkombozi has now expanded its vision and mandate significantly over the years. In addition to working with children already on the streets, Mkombozi works to end the abuse and neglect of children, to ensure that children's dignity and rights are recognized, and to identify opportunities for intervention before a child migrates to the street. Today, Mkombozi is one of the leading child-focussed agencies in northern Tanzania, working with over 1,000 vulnerable children and families a year in Kilimanjaro and Arusha Regions.
We will start with a four-day acclimatisation climb of Mt Meru on 15-18 February, before our nine-day climb of Kilimanjaro on 19-27 February.
For full details of our plans, background information and a lot of good pictures and video clips, see www.kilimanjaro-2010.com