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Help Girls & Women for their Career in Tanzania

What is VSO?

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is the world’s leading development NGO that fights poverty through volunteers. They are unique in the way they bring people together to volunteer their knowledge, experience and skills in developing countries. VSO volunteers share their skills and expertise in areas such as finance, education, healthcare, HR, and business management.
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Kilimanjaro Challenge 2019 - VSO & Randstad Partnership

I am super excited to say that I have been chosen to take part in a lifetime experience, to trek through the Tanzanian countryside including Kilimanjaro national park and to the summit of  Mount Meru, all in aid of VSO. 30 Randstad employees worldwide will take part in this unique challenge, which will be the flagship event in 2019, celebrating 15 years in partnership with VSO. In order to participate in the challenge, each participant needs to raise 5000 Euro. The funds raised will make a huge impact to VSOs projects in Tanzania that specialize in supporting the employment prospects of marginalized girls in Mwanza, in northern Tanzania.
Randstad - VSO Partnership Info
2019 Kilimanjaro Challenge Flyer
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The funds raised will:

1. Provide start-up kits for selected youth entrepreneurs to kick start their businesses after their training. Every start-up kit will be different and in line with ambitions, talents and needs of the youth entrepreneur.
2. Include Theater for a Change performances in the project as a key tool to enable girls and young women to access the career pathways of their choice by addressing social barriers that currently obstruct them from doing so. The theater performances are highly interactive and include a wide range of community members, including men and boys, who can support girls and women to pursue the careers they envision by taking down identified barriers. All performances end with a community action plan.
3. Run additional training cycles with girls and young women to increase the reach of the project. The content of the courses will be based on demand and be in line with outcomes from the jobs of the future analysis.

The Trek:

Day 1 - Hike from Kilimanjaro Marangu Gate (1,800m/5,905ft) to Mandara Hut (2,743m/9,000ft) Elevation Gain: 915 meters, 3,000 feet
Day 2 - Arusha (1,400m) to Miriakamba Hut (2,500m)
Day 3 - Miriakamba Hut (2,500m) to Saddle Hut (3,500m)
Day 4 - Saddle Hut (3,500m) - Summit Attempt (4,566m) - Miriakamba Hut (2,500m)
Day 5 - Miriakamba Hut (2,500m) – Kikuletwa Hot Springs - Arusha
Day 6 - 8 VSO village projects.

Note:

The funds raised completely goes to VSO and I am paying for my expenses to travel there. I have a similar fundraising page in GoFundMe for USA and this one I created especially for people in India to donate.
GoFundMe Page

Tax information:
 
All donations are tax deductible and I will be sending out an thank you letter and receipt for your donation through VSO.

Randstad Volunteer at VSO Project





Photos from VSO Projects





Theater for a Change and VSO Partnership Film


Photos of me during volunteering



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3rd December 2019
Hello Everyone

I am back from the Kilimanjaro Challenge as many of you might know. Since you guys were my major contributors for my fundraising, I thought you all should know about the experience and how the funds are being used by VSO for helping the marginalized young women and men for their career opportunities.

Let's start with the challenge. We were a group of 24 Randstad colleagues from 5 different countries in which myself, Alan Stukalsky & Sarah Sweeney were the ones from FSC along with Derek Concannon, Marleen Barnes, Christine Woo, Rocio Castillo, Joe Smith & Stephanie Chapman from Randstad USA who participated in this challenge. The challenge was no joke, it was one of the hardest most challenging activities I have ever done. It was tough both mentally and physically to push myself up and down. We did 5 days of hiking in which one day was on Mt.Kilimanjaro (841 meters) and the rest was making it to the summit and back on Mt.Meru (4566 meters). The day to the summit started at 1 am as we walked 6.5 hrs to the summit and walked back to the first hut in 9.5 hrs, in total we walked 16 hours just in that day. Looking back now, I am getting goosebumps thinking about the experience and what I have accomplished. The best part is that everyone in the group made it to the summit without giving up. It was great teamwork and I couldn't have asked for a better team to do this hike with. I have to say a huge thanks to Alan here, he was constantly pushing me and motivating me throughout the hike. Whenever I was slowing down, he would wait for me and encourage me. When I made it to the summit, he was the happiest person than me that I made it to the top. Thanks Alan for all the encouragement and for looking out for me throughout the trip.

Once the hike was done, we started our journey towards Mwanza where VSO is funding the Lake Zone Youth Empowerment (LZYE) project along with Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) to help the youth. We had a very tight schedule for 2 days going around to the VSO & VETA office and visiting the classrooms where the youths were trained. And we were also able to go to the small businesses where the youths from the program are getting jobs and hands on experience. Certain things were overwhelming to see and experience, but coming from rural parts of India, I could relate to many stories. We also witnessed a demonstration of Theatre of Change about early marriage and its consequences. The experience was surreal with hundreds of young kids and villagers around us enjoying the demonstration. There is so much to say but I will let the pictures and videos speak for themselves. I am also attaching a photo of the how the funds raised (5000 Euro per person) are being utilized by the VSO with a breakdown.

I also went around the streets of Arusha and donated my old clothes from my college days (23kgs) to people who clean the trash area and also kids who are into drugs and ended up being homeless. To literally translate what some said, they said Christmas has come early for them and they are going to shower the next day after a really long time and wear the clothes I gave them. There are no words to describe how I felt hearing that and I was glad I could do this. I have attached a few videos of that as well.

A big thanks to each and everyone who supported my challenge by either participating in my Eat for a Cause and/or by donating directly to my fundraising. It was a great pleasure to be one among those representing Randstad USA and showing our support for the VSO on our 15th anniversary.

Kilimanjaro Challenge & Project Visit​​​
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1c04flFZkGrO_UM9X1SSLpv7AuE6MSKNW
Hello Everyone

I am back from the Kilimanjaro Challenge as many of you might know. Since you guys were my major contributors for my fundraising, I thought you all should know about the experience and how the funds are being used by VSO for helping the marginalized young women and men for their career opportunities.

Let's start with the challenge. We were a group of 24 Randstad colleagues from 5 different countries in which myself, Alan Stukalsky & Sarah Sweeney were the ones from FSC along with Derek Concannon, Marleen Barnes, Christine Woo, Rocio Castillo, Joe Smith & Stephanie Chapman from Randstad USA who participated in this challenge. The challenge was no joke, it was one of the hardest most challenging activities I have ever done. It was tough both mentally and physically to push myself up and down. We did 5 days of hiking in which one day was on Mt.Kilimanjaro (841 meters) and the rest was making it to the summit and back on Mt.Meru (4566 meters). The day to the summit started at 1 am as we walked 6.5 hrs to the summit and walked back to the first hut in 9.5 hrs, in total we walked 16 hours just in that day. Looking back now, I am getting goosebumps thinking about the experience and what I have accomplished. The best part is that everyone in the group made it to the summit without giving up. It was great teamwork and I couldn't have asked for a better team to do this hike with. I have to say a huge thanks to Alan here, he was constantly pushing me and motivating me throughout the hike. Whenever I was slowing down, he would wait for me and encourage me. When I made it to the summit, he was the happiest person than me that I made it to the top. Thanks Alan for all the encouragement and for looking out for me throughout the trip.

Once the hike was done, we started our journey towards Mwanza where VSO is funding the Lake Zone Youth Empowerment (LZYE) project along with Vocational Education and Training Authority (VETA) to help the youth. We had a very tight schedule for 2 days going around to the VSO & VETA office and visiting the classrooms where the youths were trained. And we were also able to go to the small businesses where the youths from the program are getting jobs and hands on experience. Certain things were overwhelming to see and experience, but coming from rural parts of India, I could relate to many stories. We also witnessed a demonstration of Theatre of Change about early marriage and its consequences. The experience was surreal with hundreds of young kids and villagers around us enjoying the demonstration. There is so much to say but I will let the pictures and videos speak for themselves. I am also attaching a photo of the how the funds raised (5000 Euro per person) are being utilized by the VSO with a breakdown.

I also went around the streets of Arusha and donated my old clothes from my college days (23kgs) to people who clean the trash area and also kids who are into drugs and ended up being homeless. To literally translate what some said, they said Christmas has come early for them and they are going to shower the next day after a really long time and wear the clothes I gave them. There are no words to describe how I felt hearing that and I was glad I could do this. I have attached a few videos of that as well.

A big thanks to each and everyone who supported my challenge by either participating in my Eat for a Cause and/or by donating directly to my fundraising. It was a great pleasure to be one among those representing Randstad USA and showing our support for the VSO on our 15th anniversary.

Kilimanjaro Challenge & Project Visit​​​
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1c04flFZkGrO_UM9X1SSLpv7AuE6MSKNW
28th June 2019
Thank you everyone for your donations. I have been actively doing the fundraising in US also by conducting events like Eat for a Cause,Bake Sale etc. I have almost raised $3000 in US and Rs 17,000 in India. Please help me reach the goal by forwarding it your friends and family. Thanks again :)
Thank you everyone for your donations. I have been actively doing the fundraising in US also by conducting events like Eat for a Cause,Bake Sale etc. I have almost raised $3000 in US and Rs 17,000 in India. Please help me reach the goal by forwarding it your friends and family. Thanks again :)
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Rs.20,201 raised

Goal: Rs.100,000

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