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Archive for January, 2011

An Award-winning Short Story Inspired by a Berg Adventures Climber

Monday, January 24th, 2011

You may recognize Julia Kochuk from the ‘Meet the BAI Climber’ in our website. In March 2009, she joined Berg Adventures on the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Expedition for a climb to the top of Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, to raise awareness and money for the organization. While she loved the climb and the safari, it was the people she met there who have stuck with her and continue to inspire her today, nearly two years after her experience.

Now a writing student at the University of Victoria, Julia has used her creative talents to write a short story directly inspired by her Tanzanian experiences. But, Julia didn’t stop after writing the story. She has now published her award-winning story “Amani” as a book complete with photos from her trip and with illustrations by her friend and artist, Jen Bonter. Proceeds from this beautiful book will go to the Linde School outside of Arusha, Tanzania.

This May, Julia and her friends will be taking the proceeds raised from the book sales, directly to the Linde School. They will spend approximately four weeks distributing the money and volunteering at the school teaching English and hanging out with the children during recess.

Read more about Julia’s Kilimanjaro Climb in 2009.

More details about the book “Amani”.

To order “Amani” or to donate:

The Robertson’s Visit the Linde School

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Last year Dave and Darcy Robertson traveled with Berg Adventures to Tanzania. Along the way they visited two schools including the Linde School. They were so touched by the experience that they decided to do something to help the school when they returned to Canada. Read their inspirational story.

Dave has also updated the dispatches from their trip which you can read here.

For more information about our Africa programs click here.