The Kilimanjaro Blind Trust was founded by a group of friends who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in September 2005, led by Erik Weihenmayer, the renowned mountain climber who is blind. During that climb, five blind climbers reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro simultaneously, setting a new record.
The goal of the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust is to invest in projects in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda to help children who are blind or visually impaired lead fruitful and productive lives.
The Kilimanjaro Blind Trust partners with Perkins, which expands educational opportunities for children, their families and teachers in 67 countries. The focus of our partnership is on braille literacy programs operated by Perkins in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.
This partnership reaches thousands of children through:
- Teaching braille literacy.
- Distributing new Perkins Braillers, the pencil and paper for people who are blind.
- Training teachers to work with students who are blind.
- Offering Brailler Repair Workshops and spare parts to repair Perkins Braillers.
Together, the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust and Perkins are creating a new day for children who are blind or visually impaired in East Africa.
Donations to the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust will help Perkins make a difference in the lives of children in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. You can donate online, send checks by mail or send money via wire transfer. Your gift will truly make a direct impact on thousands of children in East Africa who are blind or visually impaired.
To make a donation by check or wire transfer, please be sure to note that the gift is for the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust and follow the instructions below.
Send checks by mail to:
Kilimanjaro Blind Trust C/O Perkins
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Send money via wire transfer:
Please send an email to IRD@Perkins.org with the following information, and a staff person from Perkins will work with you to facilitate your gift:
- Your full name, phone number and postal address.
- The country from which you will make the transfer.
- The amount of your donation.
You can also learn more about the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust on their website, kilimanjaro‑blindtrust.org, or learn more about Perkins services in Africa.