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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

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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.

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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.

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“Voorbeeld van Belgische creativiteit” dixit Herman Van Rompuy

“Ik kijk vooruit en dat is in moeilijke tijden de beste instelling. De crisis vergt immers niet alleen aanpassing, maar is ook een uitdaging om in de tegenaanval te gaan. En dat gebeurt. Ons land is een vat vol creativiteit, op al mijn reizen vind ik daar voorbeelden van. … In Arusha (Tanzania) vonden we een schitterende bed-and-breakfast van landgenoten maar we konden er niet overnachten, want hij is het hele jaar volgeboekt” vertelt Herman Van Rompuy aan Het Laatste Nieuws op 10 augustus.

Voor de “President van Europa” konden we ons echter nog wel last-minute een tafel voor het diner reserveren in Machweo en toastten we op Koning Filip en de Nationale Feesdag. “Een onvergetelijke Vlaams-Afrikaanse avond” schreef Herman Van Rompuy in ons gastenboek op 21 juli.

In het gezelschap van haar echtgenoot Herman Van Rompuy bracht Geertrui Windels de dagen nadien een bezoek aan de programma’s van Trias in Tanzania. Ze brachten onder andere een bezoek aan een infomarkt voor microkredietinstellingen en opende een jongerencentrum in Namanga. “Trias staat niet boven de mensen, maar er middenin”, klonk het enthousiast na het bezoek.

Naast Het Laatste Nieuws schrijft ook De Tijd met “De stille revolutie van Tanzania” over het bezoek van Herman Van Rompuy aan Tanzania waardoor we het nieuws van dit bijzondere bezoek (wat we even vertrouwelijk hielden) ook eindelijk delen met onze gasten.

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