Chris & Zayden Hunlow - Pilot and Tandem Passenger Team - Wings of Kilimanjaro 2019
Wings of Kilimanjaro (WOK) is more than just the world’s greatest hike and fly. It is an amazing charity effort.
To date from this effort, WOK has raised over $775,000 directly for real people in need in Tanzania. Children as young as 4 are sent away from home to fetch water for their livestock and their families. During the dry season they will stay away for long periods of time in search to keep their livestock hydrated and often left to defend the herd from attacks. Their situation will not get better on its own.
Here is where we step in.
In 2013, the donations to WOK that were raised built a school and drilled several water wells in a dry and remote Maasai region in Tanzania. Having a new, reliable and local water source allowed children to go to school, rather than their usual daily chores of walking all day to collect water. The children could also fill their containers with fresh well water daily while getting an education before returning home each night with their families. Some kids still walk over 2 hours to get there.
The original WOK Elementary School in Emboreet, Simanjiro only had 3 classrooms, only one teacher and enough desk space for perhaps 100 children. Prior to this school being built, there was no access to education in this region and the community had over 90% illiteracy rates. Hence our 1st influx of children in 2014 all had to begin in grade one, regardless of their age because reading and writing was practically non-existent in this region before the WOK School. In 2015 we started another teacher and a grade 2 for the graduates from grade 1. 2016 another teacher and grade 3 and so on as each year passed. Now, in 2019, we have all elementary/primary school years covered up to Grade 6 educating over 600 Maasai children in 7 classrooms. Through our 2016 WOK event alone, we were fortunately able to build 2 more classrooms and a new brick family home for the Headmaster and her family. WOK has also planted over 3 million trees on the Kilimanjaro foothills in partnership with our California based charity Partner "Plant With Purpose" and in the process WOK also funded the establishment of 30 new Village Community Banks specialising in micro-finance. WOK has now funded the survey, drilling and construction of 5 new solar water bores, complete with above ground storage tanks. Each of these water tanks is estimated to serve between 5 to 10,000 people for more than 20 years. That’s a lot of positive change for just a little pocket change.
WOK has created an incredible experience that would attract people to helping the Maasai with the lure of paragliding from the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet tall). Paragliding Pilots, Tandem Passengers and Spectators will each pay for all their own costs to get to the peak and hopefully fly from the summit. As part of this amazing event, all participants will commit to raising a minimum amount of funds for the charity, 100% of which will go to our charity projects with no admin or event fees to be deducted from your donation.
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I was lucky enough to join this effort in 2016. WOK is doing it again this September and I want to share this experience with my son in hopes it sparks the desire to continue helping others throughout his adult life.
My son Zayden will be turning 18 this October 1st and we wanted to celebrate his entrance to adulthood by doing something for others rather than just for ourselves. Together this Father and Son team will work hard to help bring awareness to what having clean water near your home can do to enable families living together in the dry seasons and to offer an education to the young.
Please help us reach the goal of raising $10,000 for clean water and schools to the local villages who need it. Every dollar we raise will go toward the charity and not our trip. We will pay our costs (which is also a lot) from our own accounts.
If you can afford even a little help to achieve this goal, you will be helping generations farther than you could ever imagine. If money is not a way you can help, please share this with others. It takes a village!