Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
We hope you are all well and gearing up to a good end to 2011. Once again this has been a busy year for us. This year we have continued to develop the place both in terms of the infrastructure but also the systems. We have completed our swimming pool, bar and restaurant area (which are being loved by our guests and spoken about as the ‘only pool to go to in Moshi’!), we have built spacious and airy camping toilets and showers, we have changed all the outside lighting to make it not only look better but also be more energy efficient. We have extended our campsite and renovated another two rooms (making them suitable both for dorm room accommodation for our growing number of school groups and executive ensuite doubles for the rest of the year). We have grown our tours and safari company, we have a 99% success rate on the mountain and great reviews and have just added two new (used) safari vehicles (apparently one for each of the children!).
Our staff has once again grown and we are now up to 26 full time employees and currently we have 4 trainee positions. We have focused on systems and skills building this year and will continue this next year (with our exciting new training programme). Our guests have appreciated how friendly and welcoming our team is. We have received excellent reviews in person and on line and continue to be grateful for everyone who comes to stay with us and to those who help to spread the word about us.
And finally we have made great strides in our ‘giving back’ programme. Many of you know that really a driving force for Joseph and myself is to ensure that Honey badger becomes a centre for community development. Alongside our commitment to our staff and their families (more than 100 people in total), we work to improve the lives of those around us. With the help of some fantastic volunteers though SAIDIA I would like to mention just a few of our achievements:
üBuilt two fuel efficient stoves and Trained others how to build stoves and they have now built more in the community
üConducted first aid course
üPlanted over 100 trees in the community and developed a tree nursery
üReviewed the teaching in the local kindergarten
üSupported the teachers in the secondary school (passing on key teaching skills)
üTraining in bead making, tie and dye and other craft items and setup a local craft shop stocked with items from and for the school,
üBuilt the foundations of the wall around the dormitory and for a new a new chicken house
üSupported the school to plant a vegetable patch and buy the purchase at the lodge
üSupported teacher training programme
ü Developed a school sponsorship programme and set up a mechanism to receive funds (http://www.Betterplace.Org/en/projects/7787-creating-a-second-chance)
I know it sounds cheesy but it is true, the more successful we can make this business the more useful we can be to our surrounding community. Joey and I are committed to making Honey Badger a fantastic holiday destination where guests don’t just visit Tanzania, they really ‘experience it’. And more importantly we are driven to make it a development centre; an initiative that supports and builds the capacity and improves the lives of those who are touched by it.
We would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas (a happy Chanukah and just a great festive season) and a very happy new year, and we look forward to hearing from you all in the not too distant future.
All the best
Joseph, Jenny, Izzy, Eli and the whole HB team
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