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:
You can join the #KeepingAGirlChildInSchool movement in a number of ways.
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.Contact us
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 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 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 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 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.
Independent Media, in partnership with Dis-Chem and the Dis-Chem Foundation recently announced the launch of the One Million Comforts campaign aimed at keeping girls in school by ensuring that there are no interruptions to their education owing to monthly menstruation.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would have the privilege of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – and that it be for such a worthy cause, too. As a woman leader, I was instantly drawn to the cause, as it supports the dignity of young girls as they strive to gain an education, something that is very close to my heart.
Maya Makanjee on Kilimanjaro during Trek4Mandela 2015
The Trek4Mandela team finally reached Uhuru Peak at midday on Saturday, 18 July 2015, after a gruelling few days of trekking.
The Trek4Mandela is one of more than 300 activities around the country to acknowledge, celebrate and advance the legacy of Madiba.
View all the videos from their epic journey here:
Heroes come in many guises, and on the evening of 20 July a band of exhausted, unkempt but victorious group of people were welcomed home at OR Tambo International Airport by a singing, dancing and ululating crowd.
The climbers celebrate their achievement
Media Advisory: Invite to cover the return of the Trek4Mandela climbers
Date: 18 July 2015
From: Neeran Naidoo, Director: Communications & Outreach, Nelson Mandela Foundation
From 13 July to 18 July 2015, five teams trekked up Mount Kilimanjaro in support of keeping the girl child in school. Through their action the teams brought to life the aim of Mandela Day in taking action and inspiring change in our world and in doing so making every day a Mandela Day.
After a successful summit on the 18th of July, the participants will return to South Africa on Monday. You are invited to cover their arrival.
The 24-hour countdown to summit Mount Kilimanjaro by the end of Nelson Mandela International Day on Saturday has begun.
Nelson Mandela Foundation CE, Sello Hatang, and founder of Trek4Mandela, Richard Mabaso, at Horombo Hut
The Trek4Mandela ambassadors continue their journey to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. On Wednesday afternoon, after a slow, steep 11km trek of about seven hours they reached their second camp – Horombo hut – where they spent the night.
The Trek4Mandela ambassadors
The Trek4Mandela ambassadors have climbed to a staggering 3 720 meters above sea level as they continue their journey to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. On Wednesday, they embarked on a slow, steep 11 kilometre trek of about seven hours.
The route to Kibo on day 4
Mandara hut (2715m) - Horombo hut (3705m)
Hiking time: 6h Distance: Approximately 11.6 km
From Mandara hut the trail passes through a short stretch of forest, skirts the base of the Maundi Crater and then emerges into the transition from rain forest to moorland.
It is well worth a short detour to scramble up the rim of the Maundi Crater for your first really impressive view of the Kibo Crater. On a clear day, Kibo will glimmer in the distance, showing off her majestic glaciers in the morning.
Once you are in the open moorland you will get the chance to see some of Kilimanjaro’s most spectacular plants - the endemic giant lobelia which grows up to 3m in height and the giant groundsel (Senecia Kilimanjaro), which can reach heights of 5m! After about 6 hours trek from here, you reach the Horombo hut, where you will have a hot bowl of washing water, rest; an evening meal and overnight.
Sunrise at Mandara Hut. Image courtesy of Stuart Barr
The 4th annual Trek4Mandela Executive Climb – in support of vulnerable girls – is drawing near, and preparations are being finalised.
Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Sello Hatang, Fikile Kuhlase and Richard Mabaso at the Kilimanjaro National Park
Marangu Gate (1860m) - Mandara hut (2715m)
Hiking time: 5h Distance: Approximately 8.1 km
Habitat: Montane forest
The drive from Marangu Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate, takes about 10 minutes.
The journey passes through the village of Marangu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the park gate, all hikers are requested to sign in at the Park office and make their final preparations for the climb.
Porters will be seen arranging and loading their packs, containing the food, water, cooking gas as well as most of your equipment. Make sure that you have all your daypack items (containing at least drinking water, your lunch pack and extra clothing) with you, as the porters ascend a lot quicker than the hikers.