One of the biggest problems facing people in Tanzania, as in most of East Africa, is malaria. Children regularly die for the want of a mosquito net! This is a shame on everyone in the Western world as surely $3 is not too high a price to save a child's life. In 2017 we bought 1500 nets and distributed them to our porters so that all their children and family were protected. Distributing them all at the annual porters meeting was quite a feat. Great job done by Emanuel.😀🙏
Our new Kandoo Foundation facebook page, design by the amazing Susy Collier
Kandoo Foundation is a project run by the adventure travel company, Kandoo Adventures. The Foundation works to promote responsible travel in its broadest sense,... whilst actively investing in projects that benefit the communities and destinations in which Kandoo Adventures have operations. The Foundation is managed on an unpaid and voluntary basis by the executive team at Kandoo Adventures. The Foundation receives donations from Kandoo Adventures, its shareholders and suppliers. 100% of all money received by the Foundation goes towards the amazing projects we run.
Kandoo Foundation is a project run by the adventure travel company, Kandoo Adventures. The Foundation works to promote responsible travel in its broadest sense, whilst actively investing in projects that benefit the communities and destinations in which Kandoo Adventures have operations. The Foundation is managed on an unpaid and voluntary basis by the executive team at Kandoo Adventures. The Foundation receives donations from Kandoo Adventures, its shareholders and suppliers. 100% of all money received by the Foundation goes towards the amazing projects we run.
Providing water to the village where our porters live
In late 2015, our Kandoo Adventures country manager in Tanzania, Emanuel Nguma, approached us with an idea to help his village get better access to clean water.
The village, called Komela, is situated about 1.5 hours drive from the popular Kilimanjaro tourist hub of Moshi....
Emanuel explained to us that everyday members of each of the 45 families in Komela would have to walk 2-4km to collect clean cooking, drinking and washing water from the springs nearest the village.
Lack of access to clean water is a major problem in Africa and a significant contributor to systemic poverty. Without clean water it is difficult to grow food, build housing, stay healthy and importantly go to work or attend school.
These issues were certainly prevalent in Komela where children would often have to skip school to collect water!
Just imagine waking up each day and having no access to clean water. You wouldn’t be able to do all the things we take for granted on a daily basis – make yourself a cup of tea, have a shower, brush your teeth, flush the toilet!
Children from the village play as the men in the background work digging the channel for the water pipes!
The Kandoo Foundation along with Emanuel wanted to solve the issue of water access once and for all for the village of Komela.
Using a significant private donation from Kandoo Adventures the Foundation and Emanuel got to work!
A team staffed by villagers and coordinated by Emanuel was setup. The Project was given the name Asante Kandoo (meaning Thank You Kandoo).
It was established that the village required a system of pipework to be installed from the main spring source to the village. Using Foundation funds eleven rolls of piping were purchased and the villagers got to work digging the water-work channel.
Everyone pitched in, including the village children. Within two weeks the main supply to the village was installed. The villagers then connected their own local supply networks to their homes.
By the end of the month 40 families, consisting of 156 people in total had connected their houses to the main supply and today all have access to clean water from taps within their homes!
The project has been a great success and we are so happy and proud to have been involved.
Rebuilding the school playground in the village where our porters and guides families live.
Hongong, pronouced Hungung, is in the far Western side of Nepal in the Sankhuwasabha district. It is home to the Bhote ethnic group and the main village from which the Nepal Kandoo Adventures crew originate....
The village has about 150 households and 600 inhabitants. Most villagers are engaged in subsistence farming. There is one school in the village where all children in the community are educated.
Being built in a mountainous area means that the village has no flat areas for the kids to play sports or for the community to meet for events.
The community had expressed to our Nepal country manager, Pimba Tenjing, that the one of the things they desperately needed in the village was a playground / open area for the school and for a community market.
Working with Pimba we identified a partially flat area of the village where we could build a playground that could double as a open space for the whole community to use.
The challenge was that the space required quite extensive excavation work and with the village being so remote (a five day hike from Lukla), there was no way of getting any heavy duty diggers or related equipment to the village.
It would have to be done all by manual labour!!
Not perturbed by the scale of the challenge, the Kandoo Foundation along with Pimba, marshalled the support of the entire community. The project provided an amazing opportunity to build a playground whilst employing the labour of most of the town. A double whammy for the village!
Over two weeks nearly every adult in the village helped dig, move and flatten a playing area the size of a small football field. Boulders weighing up to 100 kgs were moved by ingenious levers and tonnes of rubble where transported by a water tunnel that the villagers created.
Using chisels and basic masonry tools the villagers also built a reinforced stone wall.
The project was incredibly well received by the community! In total, over 400 people in the community received paid work for two weeks, which may not sound like a lot, but for many villagers the income was enough to support their families for up to 6 months.
Importantly, the process of employing the villagers also resulted in the execution of a facility that they all desperately wanted – an open playground area for the school and a space for a community market.
In true Kandoo Foundation fashion this project led to ticking both the social and economic goals that we strive for, and was entirely conceived and executed by the community that we engaged.
Funding a computer lab in a school near Moshi
As a rural school, Mlang’a is largely community funded by parents who are small scale farmers and shop owners. The school performs exceptionally well with the limited funding and infrastructure that it has, but to meet it’s educational aims the school has for a number of years been trying to get a computer lab off the ground.
As anyone who has benefited from computer education will know, computer literacy is today a foundational s...kill in the job market. For most kids in developed countries, access to computers is almost a basic human right, but in rural Tanzania, computers are still very much a rare commodity. In fact, most kids in villages like Marangu have not seen or used a computer before.
In consultation with our Tanzanian country manager, the school’s principal put together a detailed funding proposal for a computer lab, and shared it with the Kandoo Foundation. You can read the impressive proposal here.
In short, the school were looking for a sponsor to purchase 20 computers and related equipment to create a computer lab that would give every student at Mlang’a a chance to take weekly computer classes and learn computer skills. To finance the purchase of the equipment the school were looking for a donation of 18,870,000 Tanzanian Shillings (US$8,500).
Education is a huge priority for the Kandoo Foundation, so it was easy for us to make a decision to get behind this project.
Armed with a clear remit and fundraising target, the Foundation has been hard at work trying to raise funds for the project. To date we have managed to raise enough money to fund the first phase of the project – the purchase and implementation of 10 computers and related equipment. The computers should be in place by start of next year’s school term. We are looking forward to seeing the kids hard at work learning valuable computer skills that will further their prospects after school.
Phase 2 of the project has just kicked off and we have already raised a good portion of funds via kind donations from a number of awesome Kandoo customers, staff and partners. We hope to have raised enough money by July 2017 to purchase of the remaining 10 computers for the school.
If you feel inclined to make a donation, however small, we would love to hear from you.
Check back soon for more updates on this project.