Save Kilimanjaro

$2,180 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 5 people in 9 months
Gary Chandler  TEMPE, AZ
Defending A World Treasure

A new report from the United Nations Programme says that the Mt. Kilimanjaro region is one of the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Its collapse will displace millions of people and contribute to the extinction of several endangered species, including elephants, lions and rhinos. The report bolsters our plan to promote reforestation, sustainable agriculture, forest conservation and wildlife conservation strategies to save this fragile region from collapse. We need your help.

The UN report says that reforestation is one of the best ways to defend this vital region. We're taking an even more comprehensive approach that will enlist the support of thousands of local stakeholders.

“The damage done to these ecosystems is depriving people of the basic building blocks of life,” said Erik Solheim, head of the UN Environment agency.

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, is facing several problems, including shrinking glaciers, rampant wild fires and deforestation. As climate change intensifies, it is essential to stop the downward momentum. 

Leaders across East Africa asked us for help. They have comprehensive plans that can defend watersheds, biodiversity and the future of the region. The Tanzanian government supports the plan and has contributed three large plots of land for the nurseries. 

Ecosystems around the world are under assault like never before from deforestation, climate change and wildlife poaching. The collapse of any ecosystem impacts life around the world--especially when the ecosystem is an anchor in Africa's greenbelt. To defend this critical ecosystem, we need: 
1. Volunteers--desktop to mountaintop.
2. Donors and Sponsors .
3. Ambassadors. Please share this link with friends, family, media and companies via social media and email. Please ask your employer, suppliers and clients to contact us about sponsorship.

The Problem

The greater Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania and Kenya is one of the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Millions of people and several endangered species depend on this ecosystem for survival.

Tanzania has already lost more than half of its elephant population to poachers since 2007. They could be wiped out entirely in just a few more years. Deforestation is contributing to the threat because the loss of habitat brings humans and wildlife into more conflict over food, water and space.

The Solution

Stakeholders across East Africa have comprehensive plans that can defend the greater Kilimanjaro region. They plan to defend the ecosystem, biodiversity and the future of the region. This investment will benefit the entire planet, while preserving a world treasure. 

Our first project helps the Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania defend the greater Kilimanjaro ecosystem. They will plant more than 10 million new seedlings, create local jobs, promote sustainable agriculture and wildlife conservation with multiple strategies.

They will start three large greenhouses and nurseries to produce the seedlings. Hundreds of local stakeholders will help plant and care for the trees. 

The seedlings are indigenous species that can help restore the integrity of the ecosystem, while helping sustain rural communities.

We will include an urban forestry program that will help street kids generate food and income. The urban canopy can help capture pollutants and water runoff, while making the cities more resilient and energy efficient.


In addition to the looming humanitarian crisis, conservationists are demanding more efforts to protect endangered species now. In a letter published July 27, 2016 in the journal BioScience, 43 wildlife conservationists warn that elephants, lions, rhinos, gorillas and many other species will become extinct without urgent intervention, which must include habitat conservation, community engagement and more. 
“We will soon be writing obituaries for species as they vanish from the planet,” said authors from Wildlife Conservation Society, Zoological Society of London, Panthera and many others. Extinction is a slippery slope.


- Donate $5 or more and we will list you on our website. We will promote that dedicated page on social media The page will never come down.

- Donate $50 or more and earn an equal number of seedlings planted in the name of your choice (plus the benefits listed above).

- Donate $100 or more and we will place the name of your choice in a time capsule on Mt. Kilimanjaro. We will establish an opening ceremony 50 years from now (plus earn the benefits listed above).

- Donate  $500 or more and earn a personalized digital postcard from local stakeholders. They will hold a sign thanking you with Mt. Kilimanjaro and/or wildlife in the background of your (plus earn the benefits listed above). 

- Donate $1,000 or more and earn a dedicated a memorial forest in the name of your choice. It will include a reforestation area with 1,000 trees. A family will adopt each memorial forest for care and harvesting. We will send the GPS coordinates to you when determined (plus earn the benefits listed above).


Crossbow Communications (USA) is donating its time to help recruit and reward sponsors. They will help turn your support into a global showcase, while further positioning your organization as the leader in your industry. Consider developing cross-promotions and fundraisers to make a bigger impact.

- Silver: Invest $10,000 or more to become official sponsors of the "Save Kilimanjaro" program. We have graphics available for your use. We also will issue a media release in your relevant markets. We will help convert your investment into a global showcase and a branding opportunity.

- Gold: Invest $100,000 or more and have a greenhouse and nursery dedicated in your name with full recognition, including permanent signage, a dedication ceremony, media releases, posts, social media recognition and more. Top sponors can claim the carbon credits for the program.

- Platinum: Invest $1 million and earn sponsorship exclusivity and all benefits listed above.

Please spread the word to corporations, associations and foundations. Please contact Gary Chandler at Crossbow Communications  for more details. 

We can start the first greenhouse and nursery within 60 days of earning the first $100,000. We will have the first wave of seedlings planted within 12-24 months. We will begin the community education programs across the region immediately.  

The Foundation will expand into Phase II upon completion. Phase II is a national economic development program similar to Phase I, but much larger (approved by The United Republic of Tanzania). We also will develop solar and wind projects.

About Mellowswan
Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania  works with communities across Tanzania on health, environment and welfare issues. It offers research, investigation, health services and free medication to disadvantaged communities and community members. 

The Foundation is a registered nonprofit organization (ID No 84760). Meet our partners at Mellowswan via this quick video  

Sacred Seedlings  is a global coalition of volunteers working to defend ecosystems and the planet for the benefit of future generations. We help local stakeholders around the world.

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Update 4
Posted by Gary Chandler
4 months ago
Friends and colleagues:

The holiday season is a great time to give back and to respect the creations of the almighty. Several ecosystems around the world are nearing the tipping point of collapse. The Kilimanjaro region is at (or near) the top of the list. It's an oasis in the sky that sustains life for millions below. It's going fast. We need your help to reverse the damage and to offer hope for millions of people today and tomorrow.

We have several gifts that you can give to your friends and family--gifts that keep on giving in many ways. As an added incentive, my company (Crossbow Communications) will match all contributions generated between now and New Year's Day. Please read the campaign description to learn more.

- Plant a legacy forest for someone that you love on Mt. Kilimanjaro
- Add your name to the time capsule.
- Sponsor the program to build your company's bottom line and a brighter world.

Please help me spread the word. As the lead volunteer, I'm running behind on this project for the Mellowswan Foundation and others. Failure is not an option.

Thank you!
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Update 3
Posted by Gary Chandler
6 months ago
UN Urges Kilimanjaro Reforestation:
Vital Water Supplies Threatened Across East Africa

The greater Kilimanjaro region is one of the most threatened ecosystems on earth. As the snows, glaciers and rains retreat, millions of lives and the future of nations hang in the balance.

A new report released this week by the United Nations Environment Programme says that protecting East Africa’s mountain ecosystems would safeguard the region’s $7 billion tourism industry, not to mention the lives of millions of people and iconic endangered species.

“Across the continent, the damage done to these ecosystems is depriving people of the basic building blocks of life,” said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment Program.

He said Mt. Kilimanjaro was an example of how climate change was severely damaging Africa’s mountains and the people who depend on them. Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest in Africa, contributes to more than a third of Tanzania’s revenue from tourism but is facing several problems, ranging from shrinking glacier to rampant wild fires. As climate change intensifies, it is essential that governments act swiftly to prevent more harm and more downward momentum. The report urges Tanzania to protect the mountain’s water catchment area by reforestation, investing in early warning systems and making climate adaptation a top priority.

Mt. Kilimanjaro forests are a vital source of water for the surrounding towns and the wider region. Water from the mountain feeds one of Tanzania’s largest rivers, the Pangani.

The report titled "Sustainable Mountain Development in East Africa in a Changing Climate" warned that the glaciers are likely to vanish completely within a few decades as a result of climate change, if urgent action is not taken. Meanwhile, higher temperatures have increased the number of wildfires, which have destroyed more than 30,000 acres of the mountain’s forest since 1976.

The town of Moshi, which is located in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, is already experiencing severe water shortages as rivers begin to dry up, starving farmland of water in an area already struggling to cope with a dramatic drop in rainfall.

The report was produced by UN Environment, GRID-Arendal, East African Community, the Albertine Rift Conservation Society and Nature-RIDD. It was produced as part of the Mountain Adaptation Outlook Series, which was launched by the UN Environment Programme at the climate talks in Paris in 2015.

Meanwhile, Tanzania has already lost more than half of its elephants to poachers over the past decade. They could be wiped out entirely in just five or six years. Adding to the poaching crisis, there has been loss of wildlife habitat and biodiversity as a result of fragmentation and loss of critical ecosystem linkages and over-exploitation of the natural habitats. This loss of habitat brings humans and wildlife into more and more conflict over food, water and space–which means more bloodshed.

The good news is that local stakeholders share the UN's vision and they already have action plans.

The Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania and other NGOs across East Africa approached us three years ago. They have visions that can help defend these critical ecosystems. They are ready to go. Please join us as a sponsor, donor or volunteer. Please help us spread the word to your family, friends, co-workers and clients.

Thank you (Asante' sana).
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Update 2
Posted by Gary Chandler
8 months ago
Ambassadors Wanted:

Thanks for your patience as we refined our big campaign for the Mellowswan Foundation Africa-Tanzania. It's finally ready for the global spotlight and an official kick off.

Please share it within your networks. As a fellow ambassador, please help me deliver this pitch to sponsors, donors and foundations that you know. You will find even more detail on our website.

As you will see, we have some great sponsorship benefits. We also have great rewards for anyone who donates $5 or more.

Thank you for your time and thank you for your help. Have a great weekend.


Gary R. Chandler
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Update 1
Posted by Gary Chandler
8 months ago

The Kilimanjaro region is one of the most threatened ecosystems on earth. The Mellowswan Foundation has a plan that can help turn the tide. They approached me three years ago with their vision. I volunteered to help, but I haven't had the time to push their plan to most prospective funders.

Therefore, please be an ambassador and help carry the campaign to the people and organizations within your networks around the world. We can't do it without you. Please share this campaign with a Tweet, email or Facebook post.

Please share the campaign with individuals and organizations that care about endangered cultures, endangered species, climate change, deforestation and related issues.

We have fun rewards for our donors, including a personalized photo from the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro--with your name in the photo (local children will hold up a sign with your name)!

Please do what you can to help. Thank you. Asante' sana (Swahili words of gratitude).
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$2,180 of $1.0M goal

Raised by 5 people in 9 months
Created July 28, 2016
Gary Chandler
1 month ago

I'm planting a legacy forest on Mt. Kilimanjaro in the memory of my father and another one as a tribute to my little brother. Please join me and please help spread the word about this campaign to potential sponsors. The benefits will outlive us all. Thank you.

Gary Chandler
2 months ago

Deforestation kills more than trees.

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