Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) provides Kilimanjaro porters with support, advocacy and education, and works with the travel industry to ensure good climbing practices and conditions for the hardworking porters.
Porters are the heart and soul of any trek at Mount Kilimanjaro. However, some porters are severely underpaid and suffer poor conditions such as inadequate clothing and equipment, and are over-loaded and underfed – some porters have died on Kilimanjaro, due to hypothermia.
KPAP’s critical purpose is to improve the working conditions of the porters climbing Kilimanjaro by offering free classes for the benefit of the porters in English, first aid, HIV/AIDS awareness, money management, and porters rights, as well as educating the public on the porter working conditions and providing guidelines for proper porter treatment. They also lend appropriate donated clothing at no charge to the porters for use while climbing. KPAP’s ‘Partner for Responsible Travel Program’ has been the major driving force in facilitating positive changes in the porter working conditions on Kilimanjaro since 2003. As part of this partnership program, KPAP ensures companies are adhering to good climbing practices set out in the guidelines for proper treatment.
Your support through The Intrepid Foundation will be used to support KPAP’s clothing lending offices, offer educational opportunities for porters, and provide for the monitoring activities crucial to the Partner for Responsible Travel Program.
KPAP is part of The International Mountain Explorers Connection