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Fundraisers for iThemba Baraa Primary School

Don’t miss the yearly charity events for the iThemba Baraa Primary School. On Saturday March 22, at the same time as the yearly iThemba Gala Dinner takes place in Belgium, a big Fundraiser will take at our Machweo Fine Dining restaurant.

Thanks to sponsored ingredients, this evening of fine wine from main sponsor UZT, spectacular food, live music, African dance and drums will 100% contribute to the good cause.

Funds will be further raised through an action which includes the greatest accommodation options in Tanzania of our partner operators of Nomad Tanzania at their new Kuro Tarangire camp and Asilia Africa in their flagship Sayari Camp.

Reservations only 0789739354 or fundraiser.baraa@gmail.com.

Onsea House and Machweo have been supporting iThemba since the start of the school project. This short documentary movie about Baraa Primary School shows the status where the Baraa Primary School project stands now early 2014.

A journalist from the Austrian national public service broadcaster ORF visited the school during his stay at Machweo and finished a short movie report about the project in German.

Wellness program including Yoga

As a firm believer in pampering both body and soul, Machweo Wellness Retreat & Fine Dining added a YOGA chapter to its Wellness Program. Yoga’s gifts are immense. The practice of yoga gives strength, flexibility and balance of the body, mind and spirit, revealing inner radiance and connecting us to the divinity of the universe.

People can either sign in for an individual/couple session or attend our weekly Yoga mornings on Saturdays. Sessions are open to both guests and non-guests but advance bookings are essential. It is advised to wear comfortable natural fabric clothing.

Yoga of the day
Just let the instructor guide you all the way through.
75 minutes – US$ 75

Pre-kili yoga
Work on with Pranayamas and get ready to exercise with less oxygen!
75 minutes – US$ 75

Post-kili yoga
Integrate the hike, interiorize the effort, and retain the stretch.
75 minutes – US$ 75

Lover’s yoga
Tune differently with your partner.
60 minutes – US$ 100 per couple

Invigorating yoga
For those needing a deep and strong toning-up practice.
75 minutes – US$ 75

Stress releaser
Free yourself from tensions and enter your Kingdom of Peace.
75 minutes – US$ 75

Happy kidneys & liver
Clean your cleaners!
75 minutes – US$ 75

Ego-killer
Willing to let your mask fall and surrender to your real you?
75 minutes – US$ 75

Meditation & deep relaxation
Melting a drop of water into the Ocean.
75 minutes – US$ 75

 

Saturday Morning Sessions

Starting from March 2014, Machweo organises Saturday morning yoga sessions, starting at 10.30. Guests are welcomed with a juice carefully prepared for the specific session they are about to experience and followed by healthy vegan and/or raw food lunch. A powerful boost for body and soul in the peaceful and lush gardens of Onsea House.

Every month will have a different set of sessions. Check the website for updates. Our March agenda is as follows:

1st March: Stress Releaser

  • Apple-Fennel-Cucumber Juice
  • Fresh Spring Roll Salad with a Cashew-Sesame Dressing

8 March: Happy Kidneys & Liver

  • Carrot-Ginger-Cabbage Juice
  • Green Raw Food Super Salad with a Happy Pink Beat Dressing

15 March: Lower Spine and Elimination Series

  • Brocoli-Beetroot-Parsly Juice
  • Brown Rice with Spinach & a Carrot/Tomato Sauce

22th March: The Ego Killer

  • Pineapple-Mango-Passion Juice
  • Raw Food Zucchini Salad with a Cashew-Parsley Dressing

Boer Wim maakt zijn keuze bij een romantisch diner voor 3

Zondagavond 26 januari 2014 zagen 3.879.000 mensen een aantal boeren hun favoriete vrouw kiezen op de Nederlandse televisie. Boer zoekt Vrouw Internationaal blijft de kijkers boeien.
Ook zondag belandde de datingshow onder leiding van Yvon Jaspers weer bovenaan de Dag Top 25 van de Stichting Kijkonderzoek.

Boer Wim in Tanzania en zijn dames sluiten de dag in Arusha af met een “romantisch diner voor 3” bij Onsea House in Machweo Fine Dining. Een plek “om de accu op te laden, een deel van het leven en leuk om te tonen” aldus Wim.

Maakt Wim zijn finale keuze?

Kijk op uitzending gemist http://www.uitzendinggemist.nl/afleveringen/1393007 vanaf 45:30 tot 51:49 waar de aankomst in Onsea House en het diner bij zonsondergang in Machweo gedurende 5 minuten in beeld komen.

Bel chef Axel op 0787/112.498 om uw tafel te reserveren tijdens uw passage in Arusha of contacteer geheel vrijblijvend Dirk op dirk@onseahouse.com voor meer info over een verblijf bij Onsea House of Machweo.

Baraa Primary School received 25kg donations from guests

The iThemba Baraa Primary School project was delighted to receive twenty five kilograms of donations from Pack for a Purpose through Machweo and Onsea House guests in the past 3 months. The donations ranged from footballs and frisbees, to books, pencils, crayons, pencil sharpeners and art materials.

The generosity of our guests has made everyone at Baraa very happy. The sports coach is enjoying using the new footballs as they always have a huge number being repaired – the joys of playing football on stony ground. The art classes are really doing great work, the students have been making beautiful postcards – which were sold to help raise money for the school vegetable garden. The classrooms look much brighter with maps and other posters hanging on the walls.

Baraa is also excited to receive all the really invaluable pens, pencils and other stationery items; with 1400 students they go through a lot of pencils and other everyday items. Also the art supplies and educational games will be put to good use by the volunteers in the extracurricular classes which are now part of the daily routine.

A big ‘Thank You’ from a grateful Baraa Primary School!

Belgian Kingsday Celebration raises money for iThemba

On November 15th the Belgian community in Arusha celebrated  Kingsday together at Onsea House. The Machweo Fine Dining restaurant has been serving Belgian specials ranging from tomatoes filled with north sea shrimps, Belgian beef stew with fries and Duvel beer to Belgian endives with ham and cheese au gratin. Thanks to the generous contributions of our fellow countrymen and countrywomen we were able to raise 1000 US$ for the Vegetable Garden Project. This brand new project is an important part of the nutrition program iThemba has started at the Baraa Primary School in our village. Because we firmly believe that quality of life is an integral part of quality of education. A very warm thank you to all contributors.

On the Biggest Baddest Bucketlist in Tanzania

We recently had a visit from the Vagabrothers,  the winners of MyDestination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List. Alex & Marko are currently traveling around the globe checking off their travel bucket list and connecting with young people world-wide. During their weeklong stay in Tanzania, they carried out Nomad Tanzania‘s itinerary of exploring Arusha, safari trekking in Serengeti National Park, and having a cultural experience with the Maasai tribe. Onsea House and Machweo Wellness Retreat, as one of the local sponsors of their Tanzanian journey, was also on their agenda and the brothers described their stay with us as ‘the perfect end to a week that will be truly hard to beat’ . Watch the movie on My Destination.com

Experience it yourself by including a stay at Onsea House and Machweo Wellness Retreat in your itinerary of your Tanzanian safari and/or Kilimanjaro climb.

Guest Chef at Zanzibar Gourmet Dinner Event

Onsea House & Machweo Fine Dining Chef-Manager Axel Janssens will star on Wednesday 6 November as one of the 3 guest chefs during an exclusive Zanzibar Gourmet Dinner Event at The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar on the Michamwi Pingwe pensinsula.

Together with Essque Zalu Culinary Director and Executive Chef Jussi Husa and Spice Island Hotel & Resort Chef Jonas Plangger taking care of starters and dessert, Axel will prepare the 3 main courses in a 9 course tasting menu with wines for each course paired by a guest sommelier.

The profit from the US$ 105 pp dinner will be used to produce a seasonal chart for Zanzibar vegetable & fruit production that will be distributed to chefs and purchasers on the island, supported by UWAMWIMA, an association of fruit and vegetable farmers in Zanzibar and Sustainable East Africa, an NGO sharing sustainable solutions.

Together with the best restaurants and their top chefs in Zanzibar and visiting friends from overseas gourmet temples, chef Axel aims to share experiences and get new inspirations to keep at the forefront of culinary excellence in Tanzania.

African First Aid Course qualified staff

Last week, five of our staff members attended an African First Aid Course, recognized by the Belgian Red Cross Society. Injuries, diseases and sudden illnesses happen all too often and we realized the need for some of our staff to be trained professionally as the right kind of help at the right time can improve conditions and save lives. IBES (Institute for Business, Entrepreneurship and Social Pedagogical Studies) recognizes that conditions are different in different continents and therefore they developed a first aid learning book written by specialist throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. After 5 days of learning and training, all of our participating staff received their certificate and First Aid Pass and we are as proud as they are. Marion Hasselaar, the Founder and Director of IBES, awarded the certificate to our staff.

African First Aid Course