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We are excited to announce that this year we will be implementing our first intensive staff development training programme. At Honey Badger we have always focused on offering training and mentoring to our team. We believe an investment in people is the path to development, not just for our lodge but for our community and beyond.
Increasing international recognition, large increases in client numbers, exceptional client satisfaction rates, excellent reviews and huge increases in the numbers of guests enjoying the Honey Badger tailor made safaris and ethically sound mountain climbs, all in all 2012 has been a great year for Honey Badger Lodge and Safaris. And on behalf of the whole team we would like to express our uttermost gratitude to all who have visited, volunteered, climbed, ‘safaried’, swum, eaten, drunk, stayed at/with Honey Badger and to all our family and friends who have supported us throughout, none of this would be possible without all of you.
Since taking over the lodge around 2 years ago, we have been working hard to create a unique environment. We want to showcase Tanzania and allow our guests to experience something real. We work to do this on a number of different levels; through exchanges with our staff and local community, the sights and smells all around us and not to forget the tastes as well. We are a small family run company based in a rural community. Whilst we have a ‘rustic’ appeal, we work to maintain high standards throughout our business set up and operations and are driven by our focus on community development.
What a weekend, what an experience and what an honour! We want to begin by thanking our wonderful Maasai hosts for sharing their cultural with us. The ceremonies we visited were fantastic. We are currently working with Daudi’s community leaders to set up our Maasai cultural tourism package. The community have expressed a wish for our support of their local kindergarten, which is currently closed as it has no teachers or resources. Our tourism programme would directly support this and other areas of need within the community. Contact us for further information.
We are proud to introduce Moshi's first ever health break. Our gardens provide a beautiful spot to relax and feel at one with yourself and your environment. We warmly welcome our guests to enjoy our gardens, and yoga and meditation provides a perfect avenue through which to do this.
Honey Badger has over 14 years of hosting large groups and conducting activities that show case Tanzania and her environment, culture and people. In recent years school groups from 7 different countries have used Honey Badger as their base and have spent between one week to 21 days at the lodge. During their visits they spend time at our local community projects, sharing experiences with our students, playing with the pre-primary school pupils, building, painting, gardening, planting… the list goes on. Groups can also choose to add on a safari, a mountain climb or a whole host of local activities ranging from waterfall trips to town visits. On the 9th of July our first rural field camp began. 18 students and two teachers, accompanied by a local guide, a cook and a waiter set up camp in a rural African village. The group will remain in camp for 6 days, during this time they will learn about rural African life; they will visit local sites in the community and meet key people in the village.
Jackson is an 8 year old boy. He lives with his elderly grandmother in our village; he is from a poor family and was not able to start school at 6 years olds as many of his age mate. About a year ago we began to sponsor Jackson. We paid his school fees, bought him some text books and got him a uniform. When we received his first test results, about 3 months after starting, we were a little shocked and upset, he got between 6% - 12% for all his subjects. He was position 160 out of 176. It was very clear that he needed more help. After a year of support his grades improved dramatically (68%-100%) and he ranked 46th our of 165. We are so very proud of Jackson and wish him huge congratulations for all he is working so hard to achieve. Education is not just a one off payment, getting a disadvantaged child to school is not enough. These children need continued support to provide them with the opportunities they need to excel. We are also so very grateful for the hard work and support he has received from Wenlai and Alex (our SAIDIA volunteers) and from the Second Chance Education Centre.
We would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to our guests and friends from the International Community School of Zurich. They have been staying with us for over a week (but have been coming annually for years). This year they have been very busy setting up a fantastic new play ground and renovating a new class room for the First Chance Education Centre. If you have a group of people/students who are interested in getting involved in some worthwhile projects, please get in touch for more information.
Honey Badger Lodge, Jenny and Joey are proud to be able to support Ultimate Frisbee in Tanzanian. Recently they supported their old team - The Mwanza Tossers. Over the Easter Weekend the Mwanza ultimate frisbee team travelled to Mombassa (via Honey Badger Lodge) to compete in an annual frisbee tournament, they came in 3rd! A fantastic and well deserved result! Well done to all the Tossers.
Medical experts with vast outdoor experience will be running 4 and 8 day intense residential courses in first aid and wilderness safety. Honey Badger are proud supporters and delighted to host the first of such training here in Kilimanjaro Region.
It gives us great pleasure to once again support the Annual Moshi Rural Teacher Capacity Building Workshop. Capacity Building implies that we build from one positive experience to the next. The first workshop held in January 2011 brought together 30 Tanzanian and 6 international teachers to share ideas of modern teaching methods. One of the goals of the workshop was for the Tanzanian participants to continue to apply these methods in their schools with their students and to share modern teaching practices with their colleagues. This year four of last years participants are co-presenting and sharing their experience with 25 more rural teachers.
One of our goals is to be a centre for community development, we have different strategies in place to achieve these goals. One such strategy involves offering training opportunities to hospitality/tourism students. There are numerous colleges in and around Moshi and Tanzania that offer training courses to young Tanzanians to give theoretical skills to enable them to enter the tourism and hospitality industry. In order to satisfy the course requirements the students have to complete a three month field placement. Many companies state they are too busy or have no place for students within their business. We turn this on its head and say, karibuni (you are welcome).
A friend and I just had the pleasure of staying at Honey Badger and working alongside Jenny and Joey for two weeks. To say that they were welcoming, kind and generous would be an understatement.
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. 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.
Thanks to a very talented SAIDIA volunteer staying at Honey Badger Lodge the school we support now has two of its very own fuel efficient stove. Uli (a civil engineer) has spent one month working with some local masons to teach them to build a stove that will reduce the amount of firewood the school uses as well as reducing the smoke in the kitchen.
What really wants to make me return is friendships I made with the family, staff and opportunity to donate time and energy to the numerous community projects this place supports. If you want to experience life with the locals and enjoy the comforts of home...this is what you want ... a hidden patch in paradise
Honey Badger’s support to our community means our local school has received much needed food and financial assistance to support over 50 students. Once again Second Chance education centre collected over 3 bags of rice (more than 60 kgs) as the second yields from their donated rice paddy. Thanks to our guests support we were able to purchase a rice paddy in 2011 for $10,000.
By buying gifts from Honey Badger's gift shop, our guests have helped us to raise over half a million shillings for the Second Chance Education Centre. Whats more, our shop is more than your average hotel curio shop, it is part of a vocational business training programme at the education centre, aiming to equip our students with crucial livelihood skills that will give them more chances in life.
The day finally arrived, after over a year of hard work, more than 50 builders on site daily and a fair few ups and downs, last week saw our first guests take the plunge into our shiny new pool! Whilst I am biased the 80 or so guests that have already remarked on the style and beauty of our pool ‘resort’ confirm my assertions and really do illustrate just how special this place is. There is really nothing like it in the area. We welcome you all to come and visit.
Many of our guests hesitate to climb Kili alone without the comfort of a group. But not our Rachael... here is what she has to say on it..." I got to see how peaceful the mountain is, had large stretches of the path to myself and could walk at my own pace"
We are fully licensed to send people up Kilimanjaro and the number of people choosing to climb with us is going up and up! In the last few weeks we have successfully helped more than a dozen people to summit the awesome mountain.
Over the last 1.5 years we have been working hard to renovate our lodge and build our tours and safari company. Last month we showcased our finished products at the leading trade fair in East Africa, known as the Karibu Trade Fair.
Honey Badger is proud to be more then just a lodge; we work hard to ensure our lodge supports our local community. One of the ways we do this is by working with SAIDIA Tanzania (our volunteer organisation). Over the last few months we have been very fortunate to have worked with some great volunteers. During their time with SAIDIA they worked hard, played hard and were great fun to be around. They worked with Second Chance Education Centre on several different projects.
Three weeks really is enough time to change lives! A recent SAIDIA volunteer Mary (a teacher from the United States), got stuck in on day 1. She worked closely with the teachers and for 3 weeks mentored them and showed them different ways to conduct their work. Her main areas of focus were on the importance of lesson planning and the need to bring new techniques into the class room. Most of the teachers were highly receptive to Mary’s suggestions and very much valued her input into their work.
The trees are much needed, every year during the rainy seasons the water from the rain and off the mountain rushes down the road and destroys what’s in its way. During the dry season the soil erosion means the dust becomes unbearable. The trees should help to reduce these problems.
“Challenge Yourself To Help Others”
Ever Fancied Climbing Kili…. Why Not Join One Of Our Groups Starting 31st August FOR 5 DAYS. By Joining This Group You Not Only Get To Climb At A Discounted Rate But You Will Also Help Us To Support Hadija To Go To School. Hadija Is A 15 Year Old Girl And Has No Parents. We Want To Pay Her School Fees At The Second Chance Education Centre.
Our most recent climber achieved something most would not dream of... to reach and return from the highest point of Africa in just FOUR DAYS.
Owing to our partnership with SAIDIA Tanzania (www.saidiavolunteer.org) they have been able to SLASH their PRICES. So now…unlike large profit making volunteer organisations, volunteering with SAIDIA Tanzania comes with no fee! Making them accessible to more people and therefore able to help more people.
An eager group of young scouts from Zimbabwe successfully scaled the mighty Kilimanjaro. We are keen to continue supporting young groups and un-beknown to the group before they got to us, young people pay a reduced fee to climb. Making it not only an awesome adventure but also a resonably priced option for keen young climbers. Please contact us for more information on our packages for young people.
Honey Badger is supporting Second Chance Education Centre (SCEC) to host a teachers workshop for 30 local teachers. The workshop is funded by a long time supporter of Second Chance Education centre. Diane, has worked tirelessly to ensure that this workshop will provide important skills and motivate local teachers to use novel teaching techniques.
So 2011 has got off to a flying start..our en-suite rooms have been full most nights, we have had campers come and go and various groups successfully summit the mountain....
We hope you are all well and saw 2010 out in style, we would like to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous 2011. We would like to take this moment to look back on 2010. As many of you know this year has been a busy one for us, we have ...
This month thought we would get involved in something a little different. We, Joseph and Jenny used to live in Mwanza and through Saidia Tanzania Organisation (www.saidiavolunteer.org) they supported various local charities in Mwanza (check out the website for more information). Even though we are no-longer in Mwanza we are committed to continuing their support for local community initiatives.
Last week we continued activities supporting our commitment to improving education in the Kilimanjaro region. We supported Second Chance Education Centre during their planning meeting for a teacher training workshop.
This month we made it possible for nine students to sit their national Form II examinations. These exams are crucial in the students’ endeavour to complete their education. The students attend Second Chance Education Centre, a community initiative that we actively support. Many of the students at the school are orphans or vulnerable children who, if it were not for the school, would be unable to further their education.