Chiara Beneventi

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Summer Fundraiser 2020 - English

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Summer Fundraiser 2020 - French

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Connect with Tanzania: Support the Future of Children in Need

Our work over the past 16 years simply wouldn't have been possible without the support of our global family of supporters.

We continue to seek ways to be self-sustaining and each year we make strides toward that. We rely on solar power, we are biogas fuelled, we address water and food security with our own well and farm with fish ponds, cows, poultry, organic gardens, and fruit trees.

The current health crisis has really put our systems to the test and while we are grateful to have a robust foundation of self-sustainability, these continue to be uncertain times and we still rely on support and donations.

We are running our annual summer fundraiser. We’ve made it very easy to give via credit card with a few clicks. There's an English 🇺🇸 version, and we've even translated it into French 🇫🇷, Italian 🇮🇹, and Spanish 🇪🇸!

Here you can learn a little more about our programs and how to support them. Please help us share the link with your friends and family or anyone who might be interested.

We are also running a series of online events to keep you connected with Tanzania, miss sure you get your spot as we hope to see you there!

Thank you all for your continued support.

published Support Our School in Support Us 2020-06-19 13:23:57 +0300

Support Our School

published Sustainable Farm in Programs 2020-06-19 12:36:37 +0300

Sustainable Farm

The “Shamba” (Farm in Swahili)

In 2008 Baobab was given an unsolicited donation from two donors in California that enabled us to purchase 12 acres of beautiful, arable land about 5 km outside of Bagamoyo town. Today it is the center of The Baobab Home. The kids are growing up safely, and close to nature where they can learn how we grow and use food for nutrition. The farm also allows us to be more self-sufficient, which provides a better life for the Baobab family.

Solar Energy

The Baobab Home is completely weaned off of traditional and environmentally draining electricity. Our solar installation provides all of the energy needs for farm and school. We also have solar-powered campus lighting donated by CSI ElectricalNot only does this save us an exponential amount of money, but it also safeguards the farm from the all too common Tanzanian power outages. A generous grant from Dar Rotary Club North has enabled us to be fully powered by solar electricity, even when it rains! And provides a great educational tool for teaching students about alternative energy solutions.



In this uncertain and volatile time with regard to finite energy sources, we have successfully invested in the environmentally green “biogas." Put simply, biogas is a FREE cooking gas made from the methane of our herd of cows in a 50 cubic meter underground tank. It gets piped to our kitchen where it runs a stove and an oven. We use the gas for cooking most of the meals in our kitchen, and the waste runoff makes great fertilizer for our farm.


Black Soldier Fly Composting

In collaboration with EntoHack 7G, we established a black soldier fly colony on the farm. We feed chickens and fish with them, creating a closed-loop system. They also generate fertilizer runoff for the farm. These little bugs are miracle workers. They break down organic waste, and the larvae are superfood for our farm animals. We feed chickens and fish with them, creating a closed-loop system. They also generate fertilizer runoff for the farm.


Fish Ponds

Our fish ponds were funded by US Ambassador's Self Help Fund, thanks to the invaluable help of Micheal Paulhus (aka Babu Samaki). We have around 1500 tilapia. Rainwater runoff from the cowshed oxygenates our ponds and thanks to Stichting Bouwkamp in the Netherlands we have a new filtration system that tremendously help improve oxygen levels in the ponds

We are feeding them commercial fish feed, and also our own Black Soldier Fly (BSF) larvae which are an amazing source of protein. Our goal is to keep increasing the BSF to reduce our need for fish food, raise better fish, and protect our ocean from overfishing.


Water Well

We have recently finished installing a ring well fed by a natural spring. The water is used for drinking and bathing as well as irrigating our gardens. We also have rainwater collection to supplement the water supply.


Organic Gardens

On the shamba, we have an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and legumes that feed Baobab’s children and employees, as well as the students of the Steven Tito Academy. Here are some of the foods that we grow: oranges, limes, jackfruit, four kinds of bananas, papaya, lemongrass, ginger, aloe vera, spinach, beans, cowpeas, pigeon peas, limes, hibiscus/rosehips, okra, peppers, passion fruit, mangos, cassava… and more!


Cows & Poultry

We have now over 40 cows, several chickens, and two turkeys. Cows provide milk in the morning, and manure for biogas and farming. 


Our Sustainability Goals

We are always generating ideas for projects that remain consistent with our push toward self-sufficiency and environmental consciousness. Here are a few ideas in the works:

  • Soap making
  • Moringa and neem seed processing
  • Banana paper production
  • Growing oyster mushrooms
  • Drip irrigation to increase crop yield 
  • Hemp growing 
  • Fish farming
published Our Board of Directors in About Us 2020-06-19 12:04:29 +0300

Our Board of Directors

Katie Balk - President

Katie Balk is Founder of Luminary Consultants, an organizational development consulting firm which helps organizations become more resilient and dynamic through strengthening individuals, relationships and organizational processes. She has worked in China, Costa Rica and France, as well as in the U.S. and her work has included, for-profit, non-profit and governmental sectors. Katie came to the Baobab Home as a volunteer in 2010 and fell in love with the kids and with Tanzania.  She has since returned four more times and continues to work on accounting, marketing, and organizational change projects within the organization. 

Tony Luongo 

Anthony Luongo is the Sr. Vice President of Engineering at Optimus EMR, Inc. a Health Care software company specializing in Long Term Care electronic medical records.  He currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.  Most of his career was spent designing medical equipment including Fetal Heart Monitors, Transcutaneous CO2 monitors, Ventilators and other medical monitoring equipment.  He started his own medical software company named Diversified Systems Group in 1997 which was purchased by Optimus EMR, Incorporated in 2000.  Anthony is a new Board member at Baobab.  His main interest at Baobab is education and the Steven Tito Academy.  He has visited Baobab in Bagamoyo and plans on returning many times in the future.

James Dailey

Jim has over 20 years of professional experience holding various leadership roles in Global Marketing, Product Marketing, Sales Management, and Direct Sales roles primarily in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and technology industries. In 1993 he graduated from Auburn University with Bachelors of Science in Marketing and in 2009 earned an MBA concentrating in International Business from the University of Colorado, Denver. He currently resides in Denver, CO with his wife Ellen where they enjoy the outdoors, international travel and community involvement.

Michael Place

For 20 years Michael Place has helped build breakthrough enterprise software management programs for multi-billion dollar organizations spanning the public and private sectors and three continents. Now he is disrupting the status quo in global food production. The creation of EntoHack7G, merges his approach to building thriving learning cultures in rapidly advancing technical realms with his longstanding passion for emerging circular economic business models. In 2016, EntoHack7G launched a pilot project on The Baobab Home shamba.  

Shane Hofeldt

Shane is a freelance filmmaker working mostly in documentary and non-fiction. Shane teaches film making workshops several times a year. He is based in Maine, but works globally. He has earned degrees in Supply Chain Management and Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University. Shane created The Baobab Home's first video in 2006.

Lauren George

Lauren is a primary school teacher with experience teaching in Australia, Tanzania, and Scotland. Lauren first volunteered for The Baobab Home in 2006, returning in 2009 and then again in 2013 (for 5 years) to help set up Steven Tito Academy (STA). She has worked in a variety of different roles at STA, primarily teaching and training teachers, as well as marketing and fundraising, financial management, and other administrative duties.

Matt Cook 

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