Programs

Children's Education

At To Return, we recognize the power of education. Education is more than learning a skill or completing a class, it is a doorway into new potential, perspectives, and responsibility. While the challenges surrounding education can seem daunting, we’ve chosen to tackle it on a basic level: providing individual access to education for the children of Mt. Kilimanjaro porters.

To Return pairs sponsors with students to fund the cost of a child’s education. Tuition, room, board, transportation, books and uniforms are included in each scholarship. The scholarships are overseen by Joel Saio in Tanzania who visits with families, schools and students throughout the year.

We currently support 18 students in primary school through university. Our committment to these students is to support their education through university.

Support children's education in Tanzania with To Return! A one-time donation goes a long way in our small, volunteer based organization. Or, join our group of dedicated sponsors who contribute annually to a student.

Children's Education in Tanzania
Gear for Kilimanjaro Porters
Estimated pounds of gear donated to Mt. Kilimanjaro porters:

Gear for Kilimanjaro Porters

Porters on Mt. Kilimanjaro are an integral part of every climb. From carrying heavy loads of food, equipment and personal gear for climbers to setting up camp, cooking and much more, porters are there every step of the way.

Unfortunately, their work conditions range from suboptimal to dangerous due in part to improper equipment. It is not uncommon to see a porter without a raincoat at 15,000' or without proper footwear for the mountains. Many porters are farmers on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro who climb Kilimanjaro several times a year to generate much needed income for their families. Proper climbing gear is simply too expensive.

To Return collects new and gently used mountain gear and distributes it directly to porters each year. Our process is simple. We collect and organize gear in Colorado and bring it with us as extra baggage while traveling to Tanzania. Then, we organize a gear giveaway event and pass along the gear directly to a group of porters.

Continuing Education for Porters

To Return organizes and supports continuing education opportunities for porters and guides on Kilimanjaro.

Via our partnership with Sentinel Outdoor Institute, annual wilderness first aid and leave no trace courses are held in Arusha, Tanzania. This training not only strengthens local participants employment prospects but also provides them with valuable skills to act as leaders with their own staff and coworkers, extending a level of medical care and environmental stewardship not typically seen on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.

Our goal is to improve safety on the mountain for porters, guides and their customers. We also seek to train stewards of the mountain via the Leave No Trace education.

Mt Kilimanjaro Porter Training

We are committed for the long haul to each child's education and strive to support our students through university.

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