Creating Opportunity Through Education in Tanzania

To Return is a 501 C 3 non-profit organization that supports Mt. Kilimanjaro porters, guides, and their families.

Our focus is education. We provide scholarships to the children of Mt. Kilimanjaro porters to attend high-quality local schools. We also support porters and guides with continuing education opportunities in wilderness medicine and leave no trace. And finally, we donate warm clothing and mountain equipment to the porters to improve their conditions at work on Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Our Programs

Children's Education

Our core focus is to improve access to education for the children of Mt. Kilimanjaro porters. We pair sponsors with students and provide scholarships.

Gear for Porters

To Return collects and donates new and gently used outdoor equipment directly to Kilimanjaro porters to improve their safety while working on the mountain.

Continuing Education

We strive to improve safety on Mt. Kilimanjaro for porters, guides, and their customers. We do so by providing continuing education in wilderness medicine and LNT.

Why Kilimanjaro?

A letter from our founder and executive director.

In 2002, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for the first time. The adventure was unparalleled. The challenge great. The scenery breathtaking. And yet, the lasting impact came from the friendships created with our porters and guides.

For most who climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the story is the same. It is the people, not the place that impacts us the most. We are forever grateful to the local porters and guides who keep us safe on the mountain and support our goal of reaching the summit.

And we are startled by the working conditions of the local porters and guides on Mt. Kilimanjaro. A 19,341 foot mountain, Kilimanjaro begins in the tropics and climbs to an arctic ice cap. The majority of porters do not have adequate clothing or equipment.

To Return was founded to support Mt. Kilimanjaro porters. We started by donating mountain gear to porters. We have evolved to support education both for porters on the mountain and their children.

Our goal is to connect Mt. Kilimanjaro climbers and tourists with porters, guides, and their children to make a lasting positive impact in a place that is dear to our hearts.

Please join us.

Sincerely,

Lindsay Halsey

Get involved! Support children's education in Tanzania and support Mt. Kilimanjaro porters. To Return is a 501 C 3, nonprofit organization.

"Thanks for giving my daughter a good education. I am so happy and proud of her and your organization. She will complete her primary education this year." ~ Rayson, Father of a To Return Scholarship Recipient