Fund-raising Trek Up Mount Kilimanjaro Includes Gourmet Feast Prepared by Chef Pierre Thiam at World's Highest Pop-up Restaurant New York, NY (January 2, 2012) â African safari and tour provider ET African Journeys has partnered with Mama Hope, a non-profit organization that invests in projects that bring food, security, clean water, education and health care to African communities in need, to offer the Mama Hope Kilimanjaro Expedition, a hike to benefit Moshi, Tanzania's St.
Timothy's School. Departing on Monday, February 18, 2013, this one-of-a-kind trek up Africa's highest mountain boasts an amenity that no other tour provider offers: a gourmet feast prepared by world-renowned African Chef Pierre Thiam at the world's highest-altitude pop-up restaurant. Chef Thiam will open the temporary restaurant at a base camp at 12,500 feet above sea level exclusively to celebrate the fund-raising climb. After summiting Mount Kilimanjaro via the scenic Machame route, climbers will descend to the base camp restaurant to dine on Chef Thiam's specially-prepared African regional cuisine, while enjoying views of the surrounding forests and grasslands. Following the hike, travelers will spend two days volunteering at St. Timothy's School, a school and children's home built by Mama Hope and partnering organization, The Tanzania Children Concern, to educate Tanzanian orphans. Mama Hope's community-centered development approach enabled St. Timothy's to employ over 600 workers from the local community in the construction of the school. âWe are now focused on funding the construction of a boarding house on the St. Timothy's compound, which will give the region's orphans a home as well as an education,â said Mama Hope founder Nyla Rodgers. âThis trip is a wonderful way to get Americans to come to Africa and get involved with a very worthy cause.â âAdventurers who want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro don't typically need much enticing, but this trip offers so much more than the satisfaction of the climb,â added ET African Journeys Vice President of Business Development Gilad Goren, who conceived of the trip concept with Rodgers. âIt's a chance to raise funds for a great cause, volunteer at a school and meet the children they are helping and, as an added perk, enjoy possibly the most unique dining experience of their lives, forgoing trail mix for a gourmet meal prepared by Chef Thiam.â The Mama Hope Kilimanjaro Expedition departs from Washington DC on Monday, February 18, 2013 and is available for $5,400, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting St. Timothy's School. Price includes airfare, lodging, Kilimanjaro climb and gourmet meal. For more information, please call 800-662-5406 or visit http://www.etafricanjourneys.com/mamahope. About Mama Hope Mama Hope works in close partnership with local African organizations to connect them with the resources required to transform their own communities. The organization's projects are managed for and by partner communities themselves to ensure sustainability. With a mission to fund the completion of schools, health clinics, children's centers, clean water systems and food security projects. About ET African Journeys ET African Journeys is a joint venture by Ethiopian Airlines and Group IST to create exciting, original, thematic, educational and cultural travel programs to Ethiopia and beyond. Working with the most experienced providers in the region, ET African Journeys is able to offer a diverse range of quality tour products at competitive prices to both the individual traveler and the group organizer. Ethiopian Airlines is the only non-stop service between the East Coast of the United States and the East Coast of Africa and is one of the largest and most modern air carriers on the African continent. Media Contact Eva Dilmanian 646.675.8550 firstname.lastname@example.org###