“I know how it feels when you go to school with no food in the stomach, go to school with no desks to sit on, go to school with no pens [and] no books, go to school with no shoes, walk more than ten kilometers to reach the school…”
As a Tanzanian native, Gideon grew up in the Tanzanian education system. With perseverance and a lot of family support, he was able to complete secondary school – unlike the majority of his peers. Gideon currently resides in Arusha, Tanzania and is the Senior Expedition Leader and Wilderness First Aid Responder for Kilibound Adventures, a company that leads climbing expeditions for Mount Kilimanjaro.
Gideon met Joy Moja Founder Christina Joy when he led her Kilimanjaro climbing excursion in 2012. Having experienced the pain and struggle that Tanzanian children go through to get an education, Gideon was overjoyed at the opportunity to help Christina Joy establish Joy Moja.
Since 2012 Gideon has created partnerships with local Tanzanian schools. He has established connections with Tanzanian artisans in order to purchase inventory. He has volunteered as a local guide for Joy Moja founders and volunteers. Most of all he has offered invaluable advice. Gideon sees the lack of education as an endemic due to generations of families who have been unable to give their children educational opportunities due to poverty and are consequently unaware of the impact and importance of an education. In 2015 Gideon became a Joy Moja board member.
“Together we can help reduce poverty by making children feel like the school is [a] good place for them.” –Gideon Phanuel
- Location: Arusha, Tanzania