NEW YORK, May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- While celebrating its first 10 years helping communities, schools and school children in Tanzania, Africa, the Kilimanjaro Education Foundation (KEF) is looking to the future to continue its work building classrooms, libraries, bathrooms as well as providing crucial school supplies and water solutions.
KEF, a nonprofit volunteer organization with a mission to improve the educational and learning environment in African communities by supporting local projects ranging from the provision of school materials to the building of necessary facilities and amenities, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017.
"As we begin our 10-year anniversary celebration, we know that our work isn't done and as we continue into our second decade and beyond, we are looking to fund a number of new projects that will make a difference in thousands of lives," said Todd Grossman, president and founder of KEF. "We are proud of what we have accomplished through the generosity of donors – and climbers – over the past 10 years and in our next chapter we want to increase our efforts to maximize the impact that KEF can provide in the daily lives of these children."
Among the upcoming projects being planned by KEF are:
- Shule Ya Msingi Salei, a primary school with around 1,500 students is in need of significant classroom repairs.
- Shule Ya Msingi Unga Ltd, a primary school with around 2,500 students is also in need of significant classroom repairs.
- Shule Ya Msingi Ngarenaro, a primary school with over 2000 students has wide ranging needs including new classrooms, existing classroom repairs, new toilets and water.
Grossman founded KEF after climbing Kilimanjaro in 2006 and meeting the guides and their families in villages surrounding the mountain, and was struck by the opportunity and desire to build local relationships and make an impact.
"Climbing Kilimanjaro and establishing KEF in 2006 was a life-changing moment in time for me, and I hope that the work being conducted by KEF will continue to provide life-changing moments for scores of children in Africa for years to come," Grossman said.
Over the past 10 years, KEF has raised nearly $300,000 and helped more than 15,000 students. The organization has built five classrooms and libraries, constructed 84 new toilets, collection and septic systems, installed 10 water tanks, secured two electricity and internet connections, distributed 200 desks, chairs and tables, seven computers and printers, more than 2000 books, 500 eyeglasses and 1,000 pens and pencils.
KEF raises funds in a number of ways. The climbing community has embraced the organization, with charity climbs being conducted every year by people around the world who travel to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. In addition, donations are gratefully accepted on the KEF website (www.kef4kids.org).
Kilimanjaro Education Foundation, founded in 2006 is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). Our mission is to improve the educational and learning environment in African communities by supporting local projects ranging from the provision of educational materials to the building of necessary facilities and amenities. KEF's volunteers and donors share in and impart not only the Foundation's passion for children and education, but also in KEF's core values of collaboration, sustainability and empowerment.
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