All the Guludo and Nema staff are ok, although many are badly injured and all have lost their homes. The Lodge is also completely destroyed… I have no idea what Guludo Beach Lodge’s future will be, all I know is right now we need to gather every crumb of goodwill and support from around the world to support the communities we care so deeply about, and the very reason Guludo was created.
Food security, deforestation and climate change all directly impact our local communities. So when Gustavo, Nema's GM, suggested a cashew planting project, we jumped on it. Fast forward a few months and the Nema Team have now planted 3,500 cashew trees in schools, homes and "mashambas" throughout the communities we partner with. So far, the seedlings are doing well. Watch this space for progress...
A great interview on Seven West Travel Club with Guludo's founder, Amy, giving a lovely glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes...
"While working on a whale research boat off Exmouth in her late teens, Amy Carter-James was inspired by the potential of tourism to create positive change. She tells Angie Tomlinson about her work in Mozambique to harness the travel industry to improve the lives of the local community."
Last week I had the honour, and it truly was, of speaking about Guludo to a group of students on the Earth Bound, semester abroad programme of the Green School (in Bali) while they were staying at TribeWanted Monestevole, here in the heart of Italy. If these students are anything to go by, the future of our planet is in safe hands!
After visiting Guludo in October 2014, Joss and Alex decided to say their wedding vows on Guludo's stunning shores. The ceremony, led by our very own Amisse and Angelica, was beautifully simple and intimate. Above all, it was joyous celebration of their relationship; not just for the happy couple and their families but for the whole Guludo team who put their hearts and souls into making the day perfect.
Country & Town House's top picks for a sun-drenched holiday in Africa's hottest beach destination.
"It is situated on possibly the best beach I have ever seen, with pristine white sand stretching as far as the eye can see. Eco credentials are taken seriously here – there’s no electricity or running water – but if you want somewhere a little quirky to stay then it’s a real winner."
Browse around the site and you can see how crazy beautiful Mozambique is. However, sadly Mozambique also has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. A perfect example of why we chose Mozambique for our social enterprise (including Guludo and Nema) and why we are so passionate about working alongside our local communities to build a future which brings more opportunities to young girls (and boys) to marry when the time is right for them.
No one could have prepared us for the Activities Team's first Stand Up Paddling (SUP) lesson! all of us ended up doubled over on the sand, unable to stand for laughing so hard as one by one they confidently stepped onto the board and spectacularly fell in the water. A picture paints a thousand words, so enjoy...
Three women gave birth on the way to the clinic this month. Thankfully all survived and are doing well, but others haven't been so lucky.
After a tremendous amount of work both fundraising and importing the bikes by the Nema team, two motorbike ambulances have just arrived in Guludo.
"Matafome" translates as "kill the hunger" and this is what the children chanted the very first day we (Nema Foundation) started the school meals project in Guludo school. The name stuck and now the project is affectionately called Matafome and reaches almost 1,000 children in our area, every school day.
"A baby girl died today." Founder of JoJo Maman Bebe, Laura Tenison, is in Guludo at the moment and writes a heartbreaking, yet inspiring, blog about child mortality and how important Nema's work is. Laura and the JoJo team work tirelessly to help our sister charity, Nema, develop and expand our mission to relieve poverty in this part of the world.
Over the years we've affectionately got to know one particular pod of bottlenose dolphins. There are normally between a 12-18 in the group and we first got to know them in 2007 when they seemed to be waiting for every time we went past Rolas or Matemo islands. They come and go but it is easy to spot them as a particularly bold one has what looks like a bite out of his (or her!) dorsal fin!