Flights for Food: Climb Kilimanjaro from home!

Climb Kilimanjaro, raise money for Temwa, help farmers in malawi get through the rainy season… All from your own home.

Shambalans, our friends at Temwa have a challenge for you…

Temwa are an incredible charity who work tirelessly to develop self-sufficient communities in Malawi by supporting projects in education, health, agriculture and forestry, and microfinance. They work in remote, rural areas of northern Malawi – where 40% of the population live on less than £1 a day, 16% are HIV-positive, and one in three people struggle to feed themselves each day.

At Shambala, Temwa run both our phone charging and lost property services to raise funds for their work. We also happen to share an office building with them, so get to see first hand the passion and hard work that goes into everything that they do.

However, the coronavirus lockdown has severely affected Temwa’s ability to raise funds.  The hidden cost of the virus is the disruption it has caused to local food distribution networks and livelihoods. Rainy season is rapidly approaching and the Malawi’s farmers need support to be able to grow food to feed the communities throughout the winter months.

To put it bluntly, people in Malawi do not have enough food. There are no food banks or support networks. 80% of the population are subsistence farmers, which means they have to grow enough food to feed themselves.

WANT TO HELP? ALL YOU NEED IS A FLIGHT OF STAIRS AND A STEELY SENSE OF DETERMINATION.

How does it work?

Make a real difference, whilst getting your daily exercise – a particularly great shout for those of you who find yourself house bound in lockdown, or have kids with serious energy to burn off!

Kilimanjaro is 5,895 metres tall, your average staircase is 2.5 metres.

For a household of 4 to climb the combined height of Kilimanjaro, each person needs to climb the stairs  52 times a day, every day for 4 weeks.

Or you can make the challenge a bit easier and join a team of households across the UK to complete the challenge in one day! If there are 10 x households with an average of 4 x people that’s 58.95 times up and down your stairs per person. Then, bingo! You and your group of 10 x households have climbed the height of Kilimanjaro!

Once you’re signed up, you’ll receive one to one support on how to complete your challenge and how to fundraise.

How much can you raise?

A team of 20 households raising £150 each can support 5,250 people in Malawi that are vulnerable to food shortages this year. That’s a pretty huge achievement!

SIGN UP HERE TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE – TEMWA WILL THEN BE IN TOUCH TO TALK YOU THROUGH THE NEXT STEPS and get you started!

NOTE: We do appreciate that not every body has stairs in their home! If you’re a flat, bungalow or van dweller and want to get involved, we recommend scoping our your local parks or local area for a decent public stairway you can borrow! We do also appreciate that this challenge is not accessible to all, particularly those with mobility issues. If this describes you but you are still keen to get involved in some way, please reach out to Temwa who will be able to discuss alternatives. 

Happy climbing! x