Robertson Outdoor Bursary (ROB) are proud to announce an exciting new project to support women to become guides on Mount Kilimanjaro, the "roof of Africa". The Mountain Lionesses Scholarship has been developed by ROB in partnership with 'Exodus Travels', the experts in extraordinary adventure holidays, to fund and facilitate 10 scholarships per year for the next three years for Tanzanian women to train as Kilimanjaro guides.
Women in the Kilimanjaro area have already made great strides in the last decade by becoming porters on the mountain, gaining the same recognition as their male colleagues. From this year, our first group of 10 women will be empowered to go one step further to train to become guides, hugely enhancing their earning potential and the prospects for their families.
The Mountain Lionesses Scholarship is an exciting new component of ROB’s continuing work transforming lives in Tanzania. It's name was inspired by Lucia Kivoi, one of the first Tanzanian women to benefit from ROB funding, as a tribute to the courage and determination that she has shown in building herself a career as a guide working on Kilimanjaro. Her story and that of the women porters working on Kilimanjaro is told in 'Ngumu' The women of Kilimanjaro, a film collaboration between Exodus Travels and award winning director Olly Pemberton .
Recruitment for this new collaborative venture with Exodus Travels to empower more women like Lucia will be starting shortly and further details will follow. For more information and media interviews contact:
Yvonne Robertson, Chair & Founder, Robertson Outdoor Bursary
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