Duma gives back
We are passionate about responsible travel and sustainable tourism. Duma supports the Arusha community through our school donation program and re-investment in the local economy.
Ndatu Kindergarten Donation Program
In 2007, we established a formal donation program for Ndatu Kindergarten, a rural school located about 20 miles from Arusha. Starting as an unfinished brick structure without windows or a roof, the kindergarten is now fully operational with 85 students.
Since 2007, we have built two classrooms, a teachers’ office, kitchen, water tower and fence. We constructed a pipeline that brings water from a source four kilometers away to the school and local community. We helped two teachers complete two year courses in Montessori education. We have also purchased land adjacent to the school to build the community's first playground.
Volunteer groups arrive each summer to assist with new construction and other projects at the school. Volunteers also tour the village and visit local families. If you are interested in volunteering, visiting the school, or making a monetary or in-kind donation, please let us know.
Commitment to Tanzania and the Arusha Economy
Duma is deeply committed to supporting and preserving the economy and environment of Tanzania. We use local suppliers and renewable products whenever possible. Duma's owners live in Arusha, while guides, cooks and mountain porters are all Tanzanian.
Our offices in Arusha run on solar power and we recycle plastic and tin.
Duma provides loans to help employees and their families improve their homes, send children to school and farm their land. Duma also invests heavily in employee education and development. Guides, cooks and porters attend language workshops, Wilderness First Responder courses, wildlife trainings and driving classes.
We proudly support responsible travel by partnering with the International Mountain Explorers Connection and Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project. One of only a few Kilimanjaro trekking companies to qualify for IMEC/KPAP partnership, we meet all requirements set by IMEC/KPAP for fair treatment of porters. We regularly meet all requirements of fair treatment of porters. Please email us for our latest porter treatment report from KPAP.
We also believe strongly in wildlife protection, and all staff are trained to follow park maintenance laws set by the Tanzania National Park Association.