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Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance ProjectBy Summits Africa
Fair treatment practices have become very important to the climbing public. The International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) created the Partner for Responsible Travel Program to highlight those climbing companies in compliance with Proper Porter Treatment Guidelines. IMEC’s Partner Program for Kilimanjaro was recently reopened in January 2015.
Monitoring activities performed by IMEC’s local initiative – the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) – determine if a climbing company is meeting the standards for proper porter treatment. Climbing companies on Mount Kilimanjaro voluntarily agree to be scrutinized thoroughly and work closely in partnership with KPAP to ensure that porters are being treated properly.
To learn more about the Partner Program kindly visit: http://www.mountainexplorers.org/club/partnerprogram.htm
The Partner Company listing currently includes the local outfitters on Kilimanjaro. In June, overseas tour operators contracting their climbs with these local Partner companies, will also be outlined. Please consider climbing with an approved Partner for Responsible Travel Company when choosing your outfitter for Kilimanjaro.
Several factors – such as the minimum wage not being paid and cultural ways – may interfere with proper porter treatment. IMEC applauds these climbing companies for their diligence in assuring proper treatment practices and setting the premier example of care for their crew on Mount Kilimanjaro.
The Partner for Responsible Travel Program welcomes all climbing companies to participate. There is no fee or donation required to be a part of the Partner Program. For additional details, please visit www.mountainexplorers.org and www.kiliporters.org, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.