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It is estimated that girls from marginalised backgrounds miss up to 50 days of school a year due to menstrual challenges. This means not having access to sanitary pads, while not receiving adequate support and guidance when going through puberty.

The expedition seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • Support as many underprivileged girls as possible with sanitary pads.
  • Deliver menstrual hygiene management training, including how to handle, use and dispose sanitary towels in both rural and urban environments.
  • Leadership development of the girl child through our Vision2020 Youth Leadership Programme.
  • Educate people about Mandela Day and the need to take action beyond 18 July, helping to ensure we make every day a Mandela Day.

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How can you support?

You can join the #KeepingAGirlChildInSchool movement in a number of ways. 

Sign Up To Climb

If the prosepect of climbing Kilimanjaro is daunting, we've made it easier for you to support the Trek4Mandela initiative from the comfort of your home or office.

Bank Name: First National Bank

Account Holder’s Name: The Imbumba Foundation Trust

Account Number: 6234 5136 677

Branch Name: Empangeni

Branch Code: 220130

Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ

Reference: Your name or name and surname of the Trek4Mandela Ambassador you are supporting for 2016.

If you live in Europe, you can donate via JustGiving.

If you live in the United States, you can donate through generosity.com 

How much does it cost to support one girl with sanitary pads for a year?

R360 (South African Rands)

$36 (US Dollars)

£18 (GB Pounds)

We invite everyone in our society to collect sanitary pads at work, schools, churches and other gatherings to help us reach our target of 350 000 girls supported.

We regretfully do not accept reusable sanitary napkins or menstrual cups.

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Trek4Mandela Ambassadors

A number of South African celebrities and media personalities have joined the Trek4Mandela initiative. Support the ambassadors in reaching their fundraising goal by SMSing any of their names to 42513 and pledge R30. Click on the link below to learn more about the ambassadors taking part.

Richard Mabaso - Founder of Caring4Girls and Trek4Mandela. SMS

Richard Mabaso - Founder of Caring4Girls and Trek4Mandela. SMS "Richard" to 42513

Richard Mabaso is a seasoned social entrepreneur who comes from humble beginnings, and he was inspired by his background to pursue his career in community development. In 2010, he started Imbumba Projects as an organisation to do community work, and three years later registered the Imbumba Foundation. 

Penny Lebyane - Television personality. SMS

Penny Lebyane - Television personality. SMS "Penny" to 42513

Penny Lebyane is a media personality with experience across a variety of platforms such as community, public service and commercial radio and television stations. She wants to be the voice for that tenacious dreamer who knows that life gets better out of the village, who knows that if they stay in school and hold on to their dreams, they can become whatever they set their hearts on.  

Sibusiso Vilane - Trek4Mandela Leader. SMS

Sibusiso Vilane - Trek4Mandela Leader. SMS "Sibusiso" to 42513

Sibusiso Vilane is a seasoned mountaineer and leader of the Trek4Mandela expidition. In 2003 Vilane became the first black African to summit Mount Everest, from the south side. In 2005 he summited from the north side, becoming the first black person to successfully conquer Everest from both sides. Both times he succeeded on his first attempt.

Cecile Raubenheimer - TV Personality, Host, Hospitality and Travel Consultant. SMS

Cecile Raubenheimer - TV Personality, Host, Hospitality and Travel Consultant. SMS "Cecile" to 42513

Cecile Raubenheimer was born in South Africa, is based in Miami Beach, and sees herself as a global citizen. Passionate about conscious living, she founded EVOLVE, a strategic consultancy for hospitality and wellness businesses, with an approach to creating social impact and sustainability. When she’s not lugging a suitcase off the plane you can most likely find her soaking up the sun, singing in a karaoke bar or whipping up a vegan dessert.  


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