Who we are ?
We are a group of Foreigners and Santomean teaming up and sharing a same love for São Tomé. With diverse age groups and work experiences around the world and in São Tomé, we decided to join our passion for São Tomé into this wonderful human adventure.
Our leitmotiv :
Security comes first, then fun and adventure !
Our goals :
Share our love of São Tomé, and ensure that our visitors get the best experience possible, family leisure, adventure challenge, and great food experience. To sum up, our only goal is to make sure you are happy ! What a wonderful job !
Working with Local partners - and local NGOs
We believe in local development. Therefore we are involved in sustainable tourism activities with local NGO and associations. In this regard, we organize sea turtles, whales and dolphins activities in strong partnership with these associations, ensuring that most of the benefit generated will be used to support ecological and long term development goals.
We also work with local entrepreneurs, supported by development NGOs in their structuring phases. This enables us to offer water sport activities in the best conditions (surf sessions, and snorkeling experience).
Our Project in Education and Empowerment of Youth:
Being involved in the community means to take action in the areas where we can have an impact. We started by accident a "social center project" and now we follow and provide education support to a dozen of children from impoverished backgrounds.
Our activities aims at providing a comprehensive set of educational tools, and includes :
-School Support (Portuguese language and Mathematics) = ensure academic success
-Social and Strategy Games (chess, board games, card games) = teach respect of rules and respect of others
-Capoiera, the famous Brazilian martial art = be active, involved in local community and avoid idleness
-Theater Classes = public expression and team work
-Vegetable garden and a chicken coop = learn new skills
Our support includes :
-Balanced meals (lunches)
-Local teachers for tutoring
-School fees and material (notebooks, pencils, bags..) and school uniforms
-Capoiera fees and equipment (pants, rank rope, shirts)
-Small fishing equipment (hooks, fishing lines)
How to support us ?
1) You can talk about us !
2) You can make a financial donation (a tippee account will be open soon)
Few examples about contribution budget:
1 euro = 1 meal
2 euros = Capoiera monthly fee
4 euros = soccer ball
6 euros = School uniform
8 euros = school bus monthly fee
20 eur = school starter pack (notebooks + set of pens + school bag)
20 eur = teacher monthly fee (part time employment for School tutoring)
3) You can make a direct donation by bringing educational items, books, clothes, food etc... when you come to visit us.
Also, you can help us organize transportation of donations. We have many friends willing to send us educational materials, games, toys etc... but the transportation fee is quite important from Europe to São Tomé. Therefore, if you fly from Europe, and can manage to take a 6 kg pack in your suitcase, that would be very helpful !
4) You can share your experience, meet the community and organize some activities with the children...
Even a few hours during your stay will make the difference and open their curiosity to new matters..
As an illustration, since the last 12 months, we had the chance to offer many introductory classes by foreigners from all over the world such as: English and Chinese languages, introduction to Music, Drawing from an image and drawing of perspectives, bamboo construction, juggling classes...
Few quotations about happiness, education and helping others:
"For it is in giving that we receive" Saint Francis of Assisi
"The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity" Leo Tolstoy
"We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give" Winston Churchill
"Making money is a happiness; making other people happy is a superhappiness" Nobel Peace Prize receipient Muhammad Yunus
“But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best.” Baden Powell
“If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children. ” Confucius
And last but not least, the famous proverb from Lao Zi : 授人以鱼不如授人以渔 （老子）
(shòu rén yǐ yú bùrú shòu rén yǐ yú) and its translation : "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."