Volunteer Profile: Carly Beaulieu

Carly first came to Tanzania in August 2017 and volunteered to be in midwife (for my own birth!) here in Mto wa Mbu town. Tanzania got under her skin and she is back in June!  Carly wears many hats and is using them all this month.

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First she an educator. She worked in Canada as a teacher for several years before her calling to midwifery led her back to her own training. Carly brought supplies for the school and spent a week at the LK Kindergarten mentoring our teacher, Sophia, in the concept of “learning through play”.  They played games, set up stations, and Sophia got tonnes of new ideas and resources to use with the children. Sophia’ second week of immersion she spent in a mentorship with the with the kindergarten teacher at Black Rhino Academy, International School.

Carly is also an EMT and trained in wilderness first aid. She developed a first aid course relevant to our zipline activities and environment and delivered an awesome course with the Tanzip Zipline team.  The course is in the Tanzip training manual and will be used annually.  She also guided us to put together a great custom first aid kit.

Carly also spent some time observing and mentoring students at a couple of local hospitals, on the L&D ward. She is passionate about the rights of birthing women to safe and dignified care. Carly got inspired to support Boma la Mama Birth Centre, and is committing to a giant donation in 2019; which should allow us to open the doors and start providing care. We are also putting together a prenatal course to offer to the public with information on nutrition and safety in pregnancy, what happens in labour, breastfeeding and infant nutrition, and more.

Last but not least, Carly provided Harieth and I a micro loan of $300 to start a small business sewing baby carriers.  Harieth is a talented tailor here in the village. We started making mai-tei style carriers and were able to pay back our micro loan within 1 week(!) form pre-sales. Amazing. Once this first order is done and sent off the Canada, we have a second batch that are pre-paid!  Harieth is dreaming of a sewing workshop with 4 sewing machines and 2 assistants. We will make baby carriers, sleeps sacs, reusable pads, and maybe even cloth diapers.

Carly has been a huge supporter; sharing her skilled training, smiles, and also money!

ASANTE SANA DADA!

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Tanzania Doula Retreat offered in Jan 2019!

Two amazing and inspired doulas are offering an eleven day Traveling Doula Retreat to Tanzania focused on enabling birth professionals from around the world to serve the local women and gain hands on experience during labor and delivery in a foreign setting.

Additionally, the mission of this trip is to learn and connect with different cultures, explore the beauty of Tanzania, connect with other women, and deepen individual Doula practices.

For all the details click on their website:

 

https://www.wombsoftheworld.com

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Doula Retreat

LK Kindergarten!

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Founded in 2015, the Boma Community School is in the village of Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania.  Through the support of partner organizations Boma Africa founded and maintains this free school as one their two primary charitable projects.

The village of Mto wa Mbu asked Boma Africa to help them to provide a kindergarten for the area of Mlimani Park. During the rainy season the young kids couldn’t access any schools because the creek would get to high and they could not cross the water.

This was a perfect project for Boma Africa, and the next year with funds from the Lindsay Kimmett Memorial Foundation, the first classroom was built, the Lindsay Kimmett Kindergarten!

We were also able put in two roadways to access the area, and access a water source to provide running water to the community (Thank you to the Rotary Club of Cochrane.)

The first class of students began attending in 2015, and the school is expanding every year as the children move forward.

The Boma Community School students attend for free, get porridge everyday, and they also have a playground (funded by Martin & Sue Parnell), the only playground in the village!

 Boma Africa and Mto wa Mbu village have big dreams and would one day like to see the school with kindergarten through to grade 12 classes.  The vision includes international school syllabus, and specialized sports, arts, and technology programs.

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OUR AMAZING SUPPORTERS!

The Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Memorial Foundation

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This amazing foundation literally provided the foundation for the Boma Community School Project. The first classroom, The Lindsay Kimmett Kindergarten, is Lindsay’s namesake and will continue to set the children of Mto wa Mbu on an amazing learning journey; in keeping with Lindsay’s passion for both children and education.

 

From Lindsay’s Family:

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We, as Lindsay’s parents, are completely consumed with sorrow at her untimely passing but in an attempt to move forward positively, we have a great desire to carry on her legacy. She was an academic and so we want to encourage other youth to reach their potential by the establishment of enduring scholarships both at the High School and University level. She loved children and we are committed to supporting local youth programs in Cochrane. She shared a passion for ‘all things medical’ with her Mom and thus we hope to offer the U of C Medical School technical tools to enhance the education of the physicians of tomorrow. She shared a love of sports with her Dad and so we want to assist with local sporting facilities and enduring sponsorships for hockey players who could not normally afford to play.

The Rotary Club of Cochrane

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The Rotary Club of Cochrane has been a solid supporter of Boma Africa & the Boma Community School. The club’s support has allowed Boma to identify a water source and install equipment to pump the water to the school site and the community.  The Cochrane Rotary Club also provided a substantial contribution to the Sue & Martin Parnell Playground at the school site.

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Sue & Martin Parnell

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Sue and Martin Parnell are both from England and have lived in Cochrane, Alberta since 2005. They have been great supporters of the humanitarian organization Right To Play and over a 5 year period from 2010 to 2014 raised over $1m for the organization. Recently, they fund raised $12,000 for a playground and bouncy castle for the students of the Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Kindergarten in the village of Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania. Sue and Martin have three children, Kyle, Kristina and Calum and three grandchildren, Autumn, Nathan and baby Matthew.

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Have you ever seen a cashew nut tree?

I am in the South of Tanzania, just a 2 hour drive from the border of Mozambique.

The main tribe in this area came originally from Mozambique and is called Makonde. It is a matrilineal tribe, so children follow the maternal line and traditionally the man would move to the woman’s village. If he has several wives he would travel from village to village. Modern ‘work model” economy has changed life for this tribe and more and more women are dependant on men.

The main industry here is cashew nuts and Tanzania is known as one of the world’s best cashew producers. Unfortunately I am not here at the right time of year to see the beautiful cashew fruits but was completely shocked and amazed to see how cashews grow!  When they are ripe they just fall off the tree and the farmer harvests them from the ground.

They are quite expensive here, assuming due to the global price of cashews. Tanzanians do snack on them, but they aren’t a common ingredient in meals.

Serengeti Yoga Safari

We are offering an amazing yoga safari in October, 2018!

Imagine… sunrise yoga in the Serengeti, steaming chai masala, elephants wallowing at the watering hole,  and the vibrancy of Africa beating in your heart…

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When: Oct 8-17, 2018

Where: Tanzania, East Africa

Accommodation: Serene African wilderness camping (privately catered)

Who: Boma Africa Non Profit Tour co., Oriane of YogaVinyasa (www.yogavinyasa.co.uk ),  and you!

Why: 10 days of yoga practice on a dreamy African safari: supporting Boma Africa’s projects; pre- school and birth centre

Cost: $3675 USD (minimum 6 guests required)

Itinerary:

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Day 1-

Arrival

 

Day2-

Morning yoga @ 8

Breakfast @ 9:30

Opening grounding circle @ 10

Swimming at Chemka Spring Oasis

Evening yoga @ 6

Dinner @ 7:30

 

Day3-

Morning yoga @ 6

Breakfast @ 7:00

Game drive at Tarangire National Park

Lunch at Tarangire Safari lodge

Evening yoga @ 6:00

Dinner @7:30

 

Day4-

Morning yoga @ 7:00

Breakfast @ 8:30

Visit to Kindergarten (do a kids yoga class with the children)

Mto wa Mbu village tour on bikes

Lunch in village of local cuisine

Tanzip Zipline Adventure

Short hike around Lake Miwaleni

Evening yoga @ 6:00

Dinner @ 7:30

Bon fire

 

Day5-

Sunrise yoga @ 6

Breakfast @ 7:30

Game drive in Ngorongoro Conservation area

Evening yoga @ 6:30

Dinner @ 8

 

Day6-

Morning yoga @ 7

Breakfast @ 8

Transfer to Serengeti for game drive

Yoga @ 6:30

Dinner @ 8:00

Day7-

Sunrise game drive at 6 with light breakfast

Morning yoga @ 8:30

Full breakfast @ 9:30

Option for spa treatment or game drive

Sunset game drive

Dinner @ 7:00

Evening yoga @ 8:30

 

Day8-

Morning yoga @ 7

Breakfast @ 8:30

Transfer out of Seregenti with game drive en route.

Mid day Yoga @ 3

Evening visit to Maasai Boma village.

Dinner @ 7

 

Day 9-

Morning yoga @ 8

Breakfast @ 9:30

Tinga tinga painting class

Hike up rift valley wall- lunch at Kirurumu Lodge

Free afternoon

Closing circle and final yoga @ 6

Dinner @ 7:30

 

Day 10-

Departure

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Tanzania’s pristine beach destinations!

Zanzibar & Stonetown

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Zanzibar. Boma Africa

Sultry and mysterious, the island of Zanzibar is the biggest of the “Spice Islands”. Tourists flock to Zanzibar for the beautiful beaches, snorkelling, spice tours, centuries old Arabic architecture and the ambiance that isn’t replicated anywhere in the world. It is a perfect paradise for indulging after climbing Kilimanjaro or a bone-jarring safari on rough roads.

Stonetown was awarded status as a World Heritage Site in 2000 and is accessed by a short flight from Arusha or a two hour ferry ride from Dar es Salaam.

Pemba Island

Part of the archipelago of Zanzibar, Pemba is an unspoilt utopia with few visitors. Situated in the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean, this tropical paradise has little tourist infrastructure, providing a genuine island experience of culture and landscape. Attractions in Pemba include swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, forest trekking, historical ruins, and bull fights- though the bulls are not killed, but decorated and praised with flowers!

Mafia Island

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Sea Turtle. Zanzibar. Boma Africa

Mafia Island has less than 1000 visitors per year, and is absolutely unblemished; a picture-perfect Swahili coastal destination. Having been described as the best place for diving in all of East Africa, Mafia Island has been elected a Marine Park by the World Wide Fund for Nature, as it is surrounded by a dense coral reef. You can enjoy visiting a population of pygmy hippopotamus in a discreet lagoon, the excavated ruins of Kua, as well as cycling and hiking.

Pangani

Set upon the Pangani River, this was once home to historic Arab slave traders. This coastal destination is on the Tanzanian mainland, a perfect stop point between the Northern and Southern Circuits. Untouched beaches, coconut tours, and dinosaur fossils are some of the attractions in this beach side village.

Tanga

One of the largest cities of Tanzania, Tanga, lies between the North and South Circuits. Here you can enjoy the beaches, bike riding, and visiting the imaginative Amboni Caves. A major attraction close to the port is the ruins of a large mosque from the trading era, containing over 40 tombs.

Kilwa Island

Approximately four kilometers from the coast of the mainland, Kilwa Island is considered one of the most important Swahili historical sites in East Africa. The ruins here have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are the main attraction on the island. Mahdali, the main city, was once the most powerful and prosperous city of the Asian-African trade in gold, iron, ivory, textiles, jewellery, and spices.

Bagamoyo

A quaint coastal town of the mainland, Bagamoyo was once the centre of slave and ivory trading. History’s presence is strong here, with 19th century architecture, and an original slaving building still standing. Here attractions include the Kaole ruins, sailboat building, lovely beaches, and Bagamoyo College of the Arts, a famous school of visual arts.

Jozani Forest

Just outside of Stonetown, Jozani Forest was established to preserve some of the last indigenous forest on the island of Zanzibar. This National Park is home to the rare and unique Kirk’s Red Colobus monkey and there is a beautiful boardwalk that snakes deep through the mangrove forest.

Saadani National Forest

This is a coastal national park on the mainland of Tanzania. This is only park that embraces the Indian Ocean, and is the genuine “bush to beach” adventure. Saadani’s 1100 square km is home to countless species of animals, and affords game drives and bush walks to rival the other more-frequented parks, with the added benefit of tranquility and the ocean.


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View from the porch! Pangani. Boma Africa

 

TESTIMONIAL- Alma, 2014, Canada

I really like that we were able to meet with Leesha and Lawrence to learn more about the program. I also appreciated that the tours were built around the activities that we wanted to do. Beautiful accommodation in Arusha at Joyce’s place, [Songota Falls Lodge]. The food was amazing! All of the guides and porters made this one of the best trips of my life and absolutely blew all of my expectations out of the water. The guides were so knowledgeable, funny, entertaining, caring, friendly, personable, and just fantastic to be around. I hope that you can tell by our feedback how amazing this group of people were. I would recommend them to anyone who is thinking about climbing Kilimanjaro! This was an absolutely amazing experience and one that I will talk about for many many years to come. 10/10

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Tanzania Featured in National Geographic’s “Best Trips of 2018”

Of course Tanzania is featured, it’s so amazing!  They highlight the serene Ruaha National Park- it’s Tanzania’s largest park and is found on the Southern Safari circuit so is relatively quiet when it comes to tourist volume.

Ruaha National Park

This is Tanzania’s second largest park, and deemed also the second wildest park in Tanzania. Game routes follow the Ruaha River, where wildlife of all kinds migrates to catch a drink of life nourishing water. Leopards and lions wait in the grasses while antelope shyly make their way to the water’s edge, quickly sipping before escaping to safety! Ruaha has the distinction of housing a great diversity of antelope, affecting this park’s ecosystem to be unique, abundant, and magnificent.

Read more about Tanzania’s Southern Safari Circuit

Read the National Geographic article here

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The LK Kindergarten playground

Every time I go running up the wall of the rift valley here in Mto wa Mbu I pass the school and the community centre. In addition to the AMAZING view and the great workout , what makes me really happy is that there are children playing on the Sue and Martin Parnell playground! The playground is locally built and is the only public playground around. In addition there are new homes popping up around the area.

It has been 4 years since it was built and it is in need of some TLC.  Such a gift for the students at the school, and the children living in the area that have a place to play! Repairs and upgrades that we would love to get done include;

  • creating a shade area for the hot days/ afternoons
  • putting sand/ soft ground down
  • repairing the merry go round that had an arm fall off
  • replace the wooden slide with a rolling PCV pipe slide
  • replace the wooden seats in the teeter- totter
  • install new additions
    • we already acquired about 20 old tires that we can use to build some cool climbing/ agility structures
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      WANT TO HELP?

    • We are accepting donations for playground upgrades!
    • email Boma Africa:   bomaafrica@gmail.com 

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5 MORE REASONS TO VISIT TANZANIA!

Five reasons weren’t enough… Tanzania has SO much to offer!

6.Wildebeest migration

The wildebeest migration is world famous for the 1.5 million wildebeest along with zebra and other antelopes that migrate to follow food and water in Tanzania.  The migration is the largest overland in the world, covering 800 km, primarily in Serengeti National Park.  In February each year, approximately 8000 wildebeest calves are born every day.   Predators follow the migration to take advantage of the abundance of prey, so wildlife viewing is phenomenal.

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Photo by Go2Africa

7. People

bomThe people of Tanzania are known for their never ending friendliness. Huge smiles, and an eagerness to greet you with Jambo? really makes an average trip a memorable one.  Tanzanians are always willing to help out, to teach you a few words of Swahili, to learn about your home, and to show you the beauty of their country.  Everyone leaves Tanzania feeling like they have made a friend.

 

8. Chimpanzees

Gombe Stream National Park

This is Tanzania’s smallest park, only 52 square km, but it is distinguishing as it is home to man’s closest genetic relative, the chimpanzee. On the shores of Tanganyika, this park offers beach side camping, hiking, swimming, and snorkelling, and of course Chimpanzee trekking. World renowned for Jane Goodall’s research with chimps, Gombe Stream is rich in primates, and has few carnivores, making a great hiking and swimming destination. Gombe Stream is usually accessed by flight and boat ride.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Dominated mostly by the Mahale Mountain chain, this park also borders Lake Tanganyika. Hiking and swimming are astonishing here, however, the most common reason for visitors to Mahale is Chimpanzee Trekking. Your guide will lead you on a trek through the wilderness, looking for signs of recent chimp activity, such as nests and discarded fruit. Mahale Mountains is accessed by aircraft or watercraft, and its 1613 square km need at least 2 full days of exploration!

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Chimpanzees in Tanzania. Photo by Nick Riley

9. The big 5

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Lioness by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa

The original big 5 was for game hunting and included the Rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, Leopard, Lion, and Elephant.  The modern big 5 might include giraffe and cheetah; or whatever top 5 animals you want to see on your safari. Luckily Tanzania is home to all of these magnificent creatures and you have a high probability of seeing them all.  The Rhinoceros is the most elusive and often is seen from afar. The parks of Tanzania are so dense with wildlife (and the parks are not gated in anyway!) You will see such an abundant amount of animals in their natural habitat, it is simply breathtaking.

 

10. Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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Ngorongoro Crater. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa

Though it stretches well beyond the crater rim, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is known for its stunning caldera. An extinct volcano, the crater floor has permanent water and rich pasture, making an ideal habitat for wildlife. Some of Tanzania’s last black rhinoceros live within the crater, though they can be difficult to spot. This conservation area is also a World Heritage Site, acknowledged for the harmonious relationship between its Maasai habitants and wildlife.

 

Questions?  email us at info@bomaafrica.com

Thanks to Africa Geographic