In 2020 students all around the UK will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
Students have already started fundraising for the climb, with the aim to provide communities across Kenya with sustainable clean water and sanitation, which currently 8 out of 10 people lack access to.
Charities have come under intense scrutiny due to the unethical nature of some charitable organisations, however the charity who organise this climb, Dig Deep, are renowned for ethical sourcing from companies & suppliers.
Brighton & Sussex’s team leader, Brandon Greenwood, spoke of other charities underpaying and undersupplying local Tanzanians, who guide people with the climb.
Greenwood also informed me of Dig deep being a part of the KPAP (Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project), which ensures the Tanzanians are paid fairly, supplied with the correct equipment and are not working long days, to ensure sufficient rest.
Since founding, Dig Deep has trained more than 26,000 people in sanitation and provide taps and toilets that are serving more than 27,000 people at any one time.
Greenwood further spoke of encouragement of students to not only do this to provide water and sanitation for communities all across Kenya, but also for the ‘huge challenge and beautiful experience throughout and once completing the climb.’