I haven't spoken about this at all online, but I have been sending a local Tanzanian to school for the past 7 months. His name is Boniface, and have become good friends with him over the past few years. Since I spend a decent amount of time in Tanzania each year, I decided a while back that I wanted to give back more than just bringing tourism dollars to the country. Leslie and I have been helping out for the past 8 years through Compassion International with a few children in the southern part of the country, but this time I wanted to do something else. This time I decided to send somebody to college, so I set up a scholarship fund in mid 2009 to help get deserving people to college and through college. Sure, I could use a new car, a bigger house, nicer clothes or new furniture, but I would rather do things that actually matter. Helping somebody with education is the most obvious thing one can do, as it directly affects all those around the recipient. Trickle down. Whatever you want to call it.
I met Boniface at one of my camps, and he is a stand up guy. He has been saving for numerous years in the hopes to get to college someday, and that in and of itself is a difficult task in a place like Tanzania. Boniface is has been enrolled in the Mweka Wildlife College since August, and I am so proud of him. His goal is to become a safari guide, and I am confident that he will make an excellent one. Boni, as we know him, recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with some of his classmates as one of his field trips last month. Way to go, Boni!! Anyway, here are some of his images from his climb. I look forward to seeing him in a few days.
Boni at the roof of Africa, 19,380 feet.
Boni at Gillman's Point, Kilimanjaro
Hmmm, maybe Boni is destined to be a photographic guide
I see that Boni doesn't have trouble relaxing on the mountain