Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most impressive sights in Africa and climbing it is one of the all-time great achievements. It’s the largest freestanding mountain in the world and the trek encompasses terrains from jungle to glacier. Reaching the summit and watching the sun rise over ...
- My Story
In late August / early September 2020, I will be embarking on a 6-day trek up Africa's highest peak, and the world's tallest free-standing mountain - Mount Kilimanjaro.
This will be a challenge unlike anything I have done before, and will test both my physical and mental endurance. Frankly, the thought of actually climbing 5900 meters (19,000 ft) to the summit puts the fear of God in me, but this is an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I will get to travel to the birthplace of humanity, watch the sunrise from the Roof of Africa, and spend time with people from a culture that couldn't be more different to my own. But it would not be right for me to visit such a remarkable place without giving something back to the neighbouring communities, which is where Dig Deep comes in.
For the last 12 years, Dig Deep have been working in rural Kenyan communities where 8 out of 10 people do not have access to clean water and sanitation. Where other charities working in East Africa might build a well and move on elsewhere, Dig Deep has a more long-term focus. By working in partnership with local government, schools and communities, Dig Deep build bespoke solutions which ensure lasting change. They do this in 3 ways:
- Using locally available materials, infrastructure is built which will supply a school or community with reliable clean water, usually in the form of a rainwater harvesting system. Local artisans and community members are trained in order to manage and maintain these systems in the long term.
- Building latrines in schools, giving children a safe, hygienic and private area to go to the toilet. On its own this has a huge impact on children's health and school attendance - particularly for teenage girls.
- Training teachers and community members in health and hygiene - ensuring they understand how diseases spread and how they can be prevented. They also provide menstrual hygiene training, correcting misinformation and breaking down stigma, giving girls the tools and knowledge to continue their education and role in the community when menstruating.
In short, three T's: Taps, Toilets & Training.
In Order for me to join the trek, I need to Raise £2500. To be clear, 50% of this goes towards covering the costs of trip, the other 50% goes directly to the charity. I do not expect you to put money towards costs of trip itself, so I am funding that half myself. However I would ask that you support Dig Deep in any way you can. If you are not able to donate yourself, please consider sharing this page.
To give you an idea of what your donation can do:
- Provide a child with a safe, hygienic toilet at school
- Provide three children access to clean drinking water at school
- Give 30 Children and their Families life-changing health training
There are several ways you can support:
- For a One-Off donation, click the "Donate" button on this page
- By signing up to Easy Fundraising using the link provided, you can support this cause with your regular online shopping at no extra cost to you! You can shop at retailers such as Amazon, eBay, Sainsburys, Waitrose, Asda, John Lewis, and more. If you're planning on doing any online shopping, please consider using this link to support my cause. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/charleslapworthkilimanjaro/
- For a monthly Sponsorship, fill in the form at: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/14db57_2b040f14d77e4522aafef6233d91d580.pdf
- Link your Loo - by donating £50 you can link your loo with a toilet you have helped to fund in Kenya. In return, you will receive a certificate which can place in your bathroom, and GPS location for the toilet yours has been linked to. Use this link to Link your Loo: https://dig-deep.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/ac2/linkyourloo#!/
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you will consider supporting in any way you can.