Mr Richard Mabaso
Founder & CEO Imbumba Foundation Mr Richard Mabaso, a 6-time successful Mount Kilimanjaro summiteer, social entrepreneur and humanitarian, is the Founder and Chief Executive of the Imbumba Foundation. The concept innovator of the Trek4Mandela Expedition, the Caring4Girls Menstrual Hygiene Programme and Vision 20/20, Mr Mabaso grew up in Luphisi, a typically disadvantaged rural village in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
In 2001, Mr Mabaso was offered a prestigious hospitality internship sponsored by Moet & Chandon at Bongani Lodge, a game lodge operating on the land owned by his community. Once he completed his internship, he had an opportunity to work at Moet & Chandon Chäteaux and Cellars in Epernay, France. Thereafter, he attended Fanshawe College in Canada to study International Hospitality and Communications Management.
His heart, however, had always been drawn to community development with a particular focus on the youth. He remained passionate that he would find a way of fulfilling this dream. Upon his return to South Africa, he joined the Wildlands Conservation Trust as an Assistant Programme Manager in community-based conservation development. During this time, he completed a BA Degree in Development Studies from the University of Zululand. It was whilst working closely with rural communities at the Wildlands Conservation Trust that his dream to make a significant change in the life of others started taking shape by conceptualising the establishment of what is now the Imbumba Foundation. In 2010, he completed the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
Caring4Girls was initiated in the beginning of 2012 that stemmed from a fearful conversation that Mr Mabaso overheard between his mother and niece about menstruation. Realising that this fear and lack of understanding existed, he felt the need to create awareness and address menstrual hygiene support for adolescent girls, on a national scale. As Mandela Day was approaching, he had the idea to summit Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for Caring4Girls. He shared this idea with a dear friend from his youth, Mr Sibusiso Vilane, a renowned Mountaineer and Adventurer who is the first black African to successfully attempt the three poles challenge (North Pole, South Pole and Mount Everest). They both summited the mountain on 18 July 2012 which attracted a lot of global attention and thus the Trek4Mandela initiative was born.
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