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We'd really love World Vision to be nominated as one of the Foolanthropy charities this year.

Firstly, who are we? The Kili 6, that's who. Three daring - or just plain crazy - UK Fool staffers*: Jon Wallis (Customer Service guru), Neil Faulkner (Personal Finance scribe), and Andrew Morris (The Numbers guy), together with Jon's girlfriend Esther, Andrew's wife Gill and Andrew's nephew Steve.

And what are we doing? Well…we're going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 5,895 metres / 19,710 feet is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

Why? Because it's there, obviously, and while each of us has our own reasons to attempt such a huge challenge, it's also to raise money for a fantastic charity called World Vision. Which is where Foolanthropy comes in….

Here's why we believe passionately that World Vision deserves to be nominated this year:

• The principle of World Vision's approach to alleviate poverty, suffering and oppression is to create sustainable long-term solutions for the communities it helps throughout the world. At the heart of their approach are Area Development Programmes (ADPs). This is a comprehensive way to tackle poverty across extensive areas, usually including several communities. Skilled national staff work with local people to plan and implement a programme that will last for up to 15 years. World Vision gives priority to helping communities work together to find ways to improve their futures, and especially focuses on the needs of children.
Additionally the charity helps out in crisis-struck places throughout the world, in response to famine, earthquakes, floods, genocide and other devastation:

• Andrew knows from direct experience how well the long term ADP approach works as he has sponsored a child in the Rukiga district of Uganda through World Vision for 10 years. He receives regular reports of the child's progress, together with information about how the child, her family and the wider village are benefiting from the sponsorship. The funds help local communities build for the future by helping them gain the food, clean water, education, and healthcare they desperately need. Here's a blog article about what child sponsorship has meant for Andrew:

• World Vision's finances are transparent and sustainable. A copy of the Annual Report, together with the financial accounts, can be found here:

• Whilst World Vision is a large well-established charity any funds raised by Foolanthropy through the Kili 6 will specifically benefit the small ADP community of Kisiriri in Tanzania, chosen by us because it is in Tanzania, the home of Kilimanjaro. Read our blog post here to find out more about how any funds raised will really change the lives of the people in Kisiriri:
World Vision have advised that if they succeed in being one of Foolanthropy's chosen charities this year, any funds raised will initially go towards a major development project to provide a fresh water supply in Kisiriri.
To give some context to how different their circumstances are to ours, the infant mortality rate is 104 out of every 1,000 births; the average life expectancy is 43 years; and the average annual income in this part of Tanzania is US$140.

• Do Motley Fool members support the charity? We really hope so…please vote for World Vision now.

• Does World Vision educate, amuse and enrich? You bet….it genuinely educates people to help themselves overcome perennial local problems and enriches the lives of children, their families and communities, sponsors and disaster victims alike. On a personal note, the sponsorship of a child in Uganda in World Vision has added something to Andrew's life; and for the Kili 6 the knowledge that the small community of Kisiriri in Tanzania is benefiting from any funds raised from Foolanthropy might even lighten their step as they near the scary summit of the country's majestic mountain.

• Finally, to prove that this is a truly Foolish endeavour, we have secured World Vision's agreement that 97% of all funds raised through the Kili 6 efforts, by Foolanthropy or other fundraising, will be sent to benefit the Kisiriri community. This is a far greater % than is usually passed through, with some funds inevitably retained by the charity for their own administration.

*Note to David & Tom Gardner: we're all flying together but don't worry…we're fully insured.

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