(tentative) Dates for 2018: August 23 - September 4

Have you ever climbed part of Mt. Kilimanjaro, seen a lion up close, slept under the African stars, or influenced the lives of a whole community? This is your chance.

getFIT615 and Rise are organizing a 12 day trip to Moshi, Tanzania, in collaboration with First Chance Education Centre. The visit will focus on efforts to improve the First Chance Education Centre, an early childhood education center for children ages 2 - 5, through working directly with children in the community and helping the administration establish exercise and nutrition programs. Funds raised for the trip will ensure that children can safely get to school each day, enable the Centre to hire qualified teachers and administrators, increase the nutritional value of school meals, and cover travel expenses for participants. The trip, September 28 to October 9, 2017, will also include once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro, visit a local Maasai community and explore the Ngorongoro Crater – one of Africa’s seven natural wonders!


WHY

Brittany, of Rise to Change, is passionate about the children and community that surround First Chance Education Centre. She has been working with the school and its director, Mama Lucy, since her first volunteer trip to Tanzania in 2015. Inspired by the children, especially one little girl named Amilen, and the people she met, who value education and learning despite facing numerous challenges, Brittany has committed to serve as patron of the school (translation: She’s dedicated to doing everything she can to help the Centre grow into a reliable home base for families and young children in Moshi.).

At getFIT615, we’re driven by a bold sense of belonging – to our community, to our city, to each other and to the world. We met Brittany in 2016 while she was training to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and as we were settling into our home at 65 Music Row. Brittany shared her experiences working in Tanzania with us and we were inspired. The getFIT615 community is a diverse, thriving and authentic group committed to redefining “fit” and building wellness for life every chance we get. [We’re NOT just talking bodies.] Brittany’s work with First Chance reflects the things our community values most, so we just knew it was the right fit. After all, we think we shine brightest when we’re helping each other, here at home and around the world, grow in love and support. Go to Moshi, Tanzania? Who are we not to?!

Tanzania is one of the most politically stable countries in Africa. With goals of expanding and improving early childhood care and education and ensuring that all children – particularly, girls – have access to free primary education, the government of Tanzania provides free education to all children; however, many barriers remain. Families are required to pay small fees to fund school uniforms for each child, transportation to and from school, and lunch for each student. Many families in the area simply can’t afford it and many children in the area are living as orphans or lack the family structure necessary to support their education. We can help.


HOW

Like most [read: all] things, we can’t do this alone; and, we don’t want to. So, we’ve officially named this safari [translation: journey] Together We Can. Our goal is to raise enough money to send a group to Moshi that represents the best of our community – all of you guys! – and provide First Chance with the tools it needs to continue to grow and thrive long after our visit.

Once we arrive in Tanzania, we’ll have the opportunity to explore Moshi, interact in the community, and get our bearings. On Day 2, we’ll travel an hour from Moshi Town to Park Gate and spend the day hiking along the Marangu Route of Mt. Kilimanjaro to Mandara Hut – the first hut along the route.  On Day 3, the real fun begins. We’ll spend the week working with the staff at First Chance Education Centre, interacting with the students, helping to make improvements to their school building, teaching children and families about exercise and nutrition, and, most importantly, learning about their culture. To cap off our visit, we’ll have the opportunity to visit a Maasai village, spend a night under the African stars, and enjoy a #joysafari in the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater before returning home.

 

This is a big task and a big trip. It will be all hands on deck, but Together We Can extend our community to some of the farthest reaching parts of the world. Not sure if you can travel? We’d love for you to commit to supporting Together We Can in other ways. Our next meeting is planned for Saturday February 18 at 10am at getFIT615. We’ll discuss the details of the trip, our fundraising goals and needs, ways for everyone to get involved and learn more about First Chance Education Centre.  


To get involved/join us, please email brittany.l.dobbs@gmail.com or kate@getfit615.com!

Please note: the deadline to commit is March 1 and includes a $500 initial contribution.


Using PayPal, send your donation to 2017togetherwecan@gmail.com

Using Venmo, send your donation to @togetherwecan


If you are part of the TogetherWeCan team please use the buttons below to find any information you need! Pages are password protected and you will have been given a password. If you have questions, please email brittany.l.dobbs@gmail.com or kate@getfit615.com