Join Sally Batley, ROB Trustee who will be launching this year’s exciting project “the Mountain Lioness Scholarship’ scheme that is being realised in partnership with Exodus Travels. This project will fund and facilitate the training of 30 women porters over 3 years to realise their dreams to become licensed Kilimanjaro Mountain Guides.
We invite you to a screening of the inspiring film ‘Ngumu: The women of Kilimanjaro’ directed by Olly Pemberton. Watch Olympic gold medallist Crista Cullen as she embarks on a journey with the pioneering female porters of Mt Kilimanjaro. In Tanzania, the Swahili word for porter is ‘Ngumu’ which translates to ‘tough.’ This ground-breaking documentary raises awareness of the challenges and advancements of women on the mountain and promotes the growth of the female workforce, highlighting so poignantly why ROB’s work is so essential.
This year’s scholarships were inspired by the true star of the film, Lucia Kivoi, who is known amongst the porters and guides of Kilimanjaro as ‘The Mountain Lioness’ , in honour of her resilience and determination that she has shown becoming one of the first female mountain guides on Kilimanjaro.
We are also delighted to give you an exclusive interview with the film’s director Olly Pemberton talking about his personal experience of the strength of the women working on the mountain during the making of the film.