Archive | 2013

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

 

iThemba Baraa Primary School blog launch

We are pleased to announce the blog launch about the daily life at Baraa Primary School and the activities of iThemba.

Baraa Primary School is at walking distance from Onsea House and has been fully renovated and extended in collaboration with the Belgian iThemba Foundation. 1400 children benefit from free education for a better future for the village of Baraa. We are keen supporters and many of our guests have been visiting the project which has in the meantime also been covered several times on television.

The first blog covers upcoming health checks for the students and staff, the school’s participation in the Elephant March, and the Baraa Soccer Team.

The blog can be read in both Dutch and English at http://ithembablog.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/health-baraa-primary-school/

Feel free to have a look and become part of the ever growing group of iThemba-supporters.

Will MLB sell space on player uniforms

Major League Baseball isn’t carrying advertising logos on its uniforms yet but with a potential $500 million annual payoff waiting in the wings, sports watchers think it’s only a matter of time.

The question was raised last week when MLB opened its 2004 season last week with a special two game series in Japan between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. As noticeable as the change in venue was the addition to the uniform: Both teams wore 3 inch by 3 inch patches on their sleeves and a logo on their batting helmets for Ricoh, the Tokyo based office equipment company.wholesale nfl jerseys Ricoh paid more than $10 million to be the corporate sponsor for those two games.

“Are there any definitive plans to put logos on uniforms? No. “But on the other side of the coin, never say never.”

not if’; when’

Officially, MLB, the National Football League, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League all say that advertising on uniforms isn’t imminent. But others, including some inside the leagues, say it isn’t a question of “if,” but “when,” especially with the potential windfall that exists.

“Minimum $500 million a year,” said one high ranking league marketing executive who asked not to be identified. “Look, if the NFL can get $60 million a year from Coors and $48 million [a year] from Gatorade for just 16 games a season, imagine what baseball which is far more static when it comes to television could get for 162 games a year from a major sponsor?”

Does $500 million sound outlandish? Not to Eric Wright, VP research and development for Joyce Julius Associates, an Ann Arbor, Mich., firm that measures exposure received by sponsors through national TV broadcasts, mentions in print, radio, Internet and other sources aside from media buys the sponsor makes.

For instance, Joyce Julius found that in the first three Nascar races of this season, Anheuser Busch’s Budweiser brand received $29.2 million in exposure. Over 36 races, that is roughly $350 million. “Just looking at it from a football angle, when the college bowl games are in season those jersey patches with the sponsor’s name on them are huge,” Mr. Wright said. “From a baseball standpoint, you’re looking at a tremendous amount of on screen time and the value would be enormous.”

just apparel makers

Currently only the logos of the apparel manufacturers appear on team uniforms for baseball, football and hockey. Reebok has a $250 million deal with the NBA to make its uniforms, but only the NBA logo appears on team jerseys.

Baseball visited this topic on the eve of the 1999 season, when MLB floated the idea of having 11/2 inch by 11/2 inch patches of corporate sponsors sewn onto team jerseys. That was half the size of the Ricoh sleeve patches for the games in Japan last week.

If and when the idea is broached again, however, disputes will certainly arise. Individual teams would not be able to strike their own agreements with marketers, meaning any deal would come at the league level and every team would wear a logo from the same marketer. But if that deal was with, say, PepsiCo, then teams that have pouring rights and advertising deals with Coca Cola Co. would scream conflict.

Furthermore, leagues would run the risk of alienating other corporate sponsors if it had the logo of a single marketer on team uniforms.

Fans who believe in the sanctity of the uniform would surely make their feelings known. Already, MLB has received a letter from watchdog group Commercial Alert about the Ricoh ads worn during the Japan series last week.

In part, the letter said “It’s clear where this is headed. Small ads at first to break the ice and gain consumer acceptance’ in the term of the marketing trade. Then a gradual creep until baseball uniforms start to resemble Nascar racing suits and cars.” The letter also asked MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to address several questions, including “What exactly are your plans to put ads on uniforms?” Baseball has yet to respond.

De toppers van Tanzania in GRANDE en GENIETEN

Het Belgische GRANDE magazine en GENIETEN publicieren in hun gelijktijdig September 2013 nummer een 14 pagina reportage over de toppers van Tanzania.

Zet je schrap voor dit onvergetelijke safari-avontuur vol sublieme ontdekkingen en unieke belevenissen. Afrika op z’n mooist.
“Tanzania is een echte must voor safariliefhebbers; de natuur is overweldigend en bijzonder goed bewaard in vergelijking met de concurrende landen” stelt de auteur.

De lofzang over Tanzania wordt na een bezoek aan de Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Lake Eyasi, Tarangire en Arusha National Park afgesloten met een passage bij landgenoten in Arusha bij Onsea House en Machweo waar freelance journalist, fotograaf en wijnliefhebber Gerrit Op de Beeck duidelijk van genoten heeft.

Nog tot eind oktober 2013 in de winkel. Veel kijk en leesplezier.