12/03/2014 (press release: Inbound Marketing PR)
As a proud representative and supporter of charitable causes through sustainable tourism, ZARA Tours—currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country—is honored to continue its longtime partnership with Kilimanjaro Orphan Center and support the new KOC “Buy a Brick” build campaign, currently taking place in the Pasua area of Moshi, Tanzania.
Founded in early 2009 by Edward “Teacher” Lazaro, the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Center (KOC) was established to help provide shelter and care to the increasing number of orphans in the Moshi area due to the continuing generational devastation of the HIV epidemic. Through the generous support of advocates such as Zainab Ansel, founder of ZARA Tours, KOC now provides care, shelter, nutrition, safety, healthcare, and long-term education opportunities to over 65 at-risk, orphaned children—ages 3 to 18 years old—as well as a day care program for Pasua families in need.
“In addition to donating a portion of the cost of every climb to local organizations and community outreach programs, such as KOC, it’s not uncommon for ZARA Tours’ climbers, guests and staff to spend extra time and money contributing to these charities,” says Ansel. “With the ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign, now anyone can show their support and be a part of this journey with us.”
With the ever increasing number of orphans in the surrounding areas of Moshi, KOC’s ‘Buy a Brick’ building campaign aims to build a centre with the capacity to care for over 100 more children in an area south of Pasua, providing them with a safe place to live and grow.
To find out more about the “Buy a Brick” building campaign and to learn how to donate, please visit KOC’s crowdrise fundraising page here. Additional information on the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Center can be found at www.kiliorphanagecentre.org.
To learn more about ZARA Tours or the company’s charity program, ZARA Charity, go to www.zaratours.com and www.zaracharitytanzania.org.
About ZARA TOURS
ZARA TOURS, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. Proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience, ZARA TOURS owns and operates two hotels and four tented camps, has 88 safari and climbing expert guides who speak English, German and Spanish, and a fleet of fully-equipped vehicles that take tourists on safari adventures or treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. ZARA TOURS also runs ZARA Charity, which plays a vital role in the local community by supporting vulnerable groups such as orphans, maasai women group, and more.