Linnea and Baye, who owns Roof of Africa, have a strong pathos for everyone’s equality and for everyone’s right to a sustainable future. We believe that you can travel and experience new countries and cultures in a responsible way without destroying the environment or having a negative impact on their culture. We want to offer you the possibility to come close to the locals and live with them under their conditions, and to leave good things after you that are required and useful.
We always try to develop our methods for how we can contribute to the communities future and their children’s education. We are searching for funding for an eco-project that would really improve our work for a sustainable future for the communities.
Roof of Africa always has a zero pollution policy during our treks in the mountains. We try to burn or compose our waste at each community, and the rest we bring with us to the nearest town. We eat vegetarian food and try to buy the veggies and eggs from each community, that is produced locally and organic.
We have advanced plans to help the communities to develop: solar energy, bee keeping, kitchen gardens, urine separated toilets, reforestation programs and first aid knowledge. We are right now searching for funding to start these eco-projects. These improvements will give a better environmental situation as well as better health situation and provide the communities with extra income.
When we trek from one community to another, we pay directly to the villagers for their service. This additional money is very important for the local communities. They are farmers with a lot of children who is totally self supporting by their land. They can seldom produce enough crops so that they can sell and get cash. The money from our trek makes it possible to buy clothes, shoes, school books, credit card to the mobile, battery for torches and other items that are important for their daily life.
We pay directly to the villagers for their service in a lot of ways:
- we buy as much possible locally produced food (if they have any additional to sell)
- we pay one local guide from each village, who trek with us to the next village
- we hire donkeys from the villagers who carry our luggage
- we pay to the local people who trek in advance with the donkeys, and make everything in order before we arrive to the next village
- we pay to the local cookers who prepare our snacks, dinner, breakfast and lunch to take with us for the next day
- our guest usually pay tip to the communities based on their happiness
We try to contribute to the communities when we organize a new tour with trekking. Before you come to Ethiopia we communicate with the guests, and give them the opportunity to bring with them gifts to the community. It can be clothes and shoes for children and adults, fleece blankets, forehead torches, solar chargers, paper and pencils, first-aid kit and footballs. It is totally voluntarily, but it gives so much joy, both for the donors as well as the receivers.
Do you want to support the mountain schools? We pass the local schools and give school materials directly to the teachers. In this way all children in the mountains can benefit from your gifts. 2015 our guest Kuno Ekdahl donated six footballs and pencils to the schools. It was very popular.
Education for Life is a fundraising that started in 2013 and is organized by Linnea through the nonprofit organization Organic Without Borders. Its aim is to support Shewangzaw, a talented medical student from one of the mountain villages, to become a doctor in Addis Abeba. We believe that supporting a local doctor is a good way to “help people help themselves”. Shewangzaw is your local guide in Addis Ababa. He knows all parts of the eight million big city and he gladly shows you whatever you want to explore. We can visit his medical colleague, hospitals, Markato (Africa’s biggest market) and his home. By this you can experience how a Addis Ababa citizens lives. If you want to support his education you can bring literature as a donation for his medical studies. It is almost impossible to buy literature within Ethiopia. The students have to lend all books at the library and it can be 100 students fighting for some few books. They have to read at the library and often are pages ript away.
Don’t hesitate to contact us to know more. Please note that all this is voluntarily and not at all any obligation for traveling with us. It is just some inspiration on how you can contribute.