Service + Safari Yoga Retreat

Summit Kilimanjaro, Experience Safari or Climb Machu Picchu with Make a Difference (MAD)

January 28, 2013 (Moshi, TANZANIA) – MAD (Make a Difference) announces a relaxing Service + Safari Yoga experience in Tanzania, Africa. Yoga enthusiasts will start their 10-day excursion by reading and playing games with kids at MAD’s orphanage. Then, they’ll travel to the stunning Sayari camp at Serengeti National Park for a week of soul-soothing yoga. The three start dates for the rejuvenating retreat are February 26, June 6 and November 28, 2013, with add-on extensions available to Zanzibar, Mt. Meru or an organic safari farm. Details are on the Events page at gomadnow.org/dev

Make A Difference (MAD) is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports quality educational opportunities for vulnerable children and youth in developing areas such as Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Tanzania’s economy is among the bottom 10 percent of the world, and more than 40% of its population is under 15 years old.

Each year, thousands of people climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and experience the challenge of summiting its 19,344-ft peak. Many do it to check off a bucket list goal and add a charity component to give back. MAD is seeking fit and philanthropic adventurers to join MAD’s Kilimanjaro + Safari events: June 20-July 3, 2013, or September 20-October 5, 2013. The 2014 date will be June 19-July 2, 2014.

“For years, I have had ‘Climb Kilimanjaro’ on my bucket list,” said Stephanos Antoniades, a computer programmer at Bank of America, who is signed up for the June event. “I came across the MAD Kilimanjaro charity climb, and it was obvious immediately that this was a no-brainer!”

In addition to the Kilimanjaro + Safari events, MAD has a University Tour + Safari to the Serengeti and Lake Victoria June 19-18, and a Machu Picchu climb in scenic and surreal Peru on September 1-8.

Make A Difference (MAD) is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization helping orphaned children through education and economic development at orphanages and schools. MAD funds orphans’ educations through university, while offering job skill training and income-generating activities. MAD strives to maintain local ties to former children’s remaining families and villages while keeping administrative costs to a minimum through utilizing volunteers and green, sustainable practices.

Tanzania’s economy is among the bottom 10 percent of the world. Over 40 percent of the people who live in Tanzania are aged between 0-14 years old. A high risk of diseases exists in the country along with the poverty situation which leads to Tanzania having a very young life expectancy rate and an infant mortality rate of 66.93 deaths/1000 live births. Nearly 75% of the children whom attend primary government school don’t go on to secondary school. To make sure children graduate from primary to secondary school, MAD sends children to schools which teach English, so they can pass exams and go to secondary school and eventually to university.

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