As they prepare to begin their ascension on July 1st, the team of Kili climbers attended a presentation by Children's Book Project (CBP) Executive Secretary Pill Dumea, who travelled to Moshi to meet with them on Sunday.
The team heard firsthand about the amazing work that CODE and its local partner CBP are doing together in Tanzania.
CODE and CBP are currently working in 50 schools in the Kongwa District in Dodoma Region. CODE’s comprehensive readership initiative, Reading Tanzania, aims to ensure that children have access to high-quality, relevant books written in languages they understand, and that their teachers have the skills they need to use those books effectively in their classrooms. CODE’s Tanzanian program helps build school and community library collections across the country, while supporting the growth and development of a local publishing industry.
To date, CODE has supported the publishing of more than 290 titles in the country, mostly in Kiswahili, ranging from early readers to more advanced informational texts. In the last five years alone, over 215,000 books were distributed by CBP to school and community libraries across Tanzania.
So far, the climbers have raised close to $200,000 to support CODE's programs in Tanzania and in three other African countries.
CBP Executive Secretary Pilli Dumea during her presentation to the climbers
Climber Chris Bredt with CBP Executive Secretary Pilli Dumea
Stay tuned for news from the mountains as the team starts to climb!