Shanga by Elewana Collection shortlisted for 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Award

Shanga by Elewana Collection has been selected as one of 3 finalists for the ‘Investing in People’ Tourism for Tomorrow Awards from the World Travel & Tourism Council.

Shanga is a social enterprise based in Arusha Tanzania that trains and employs people with disabilities to produce high quality handmade craft items - glass blowing, beading and other activities, the interactive workshop is located on the grounds of Elewana Arusha Coffee lodge.

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announced the 15 finalists for its 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards on the 15th January 2019. The finalists are organised into the following new categories: Climate Action, Investing in People, Destination Stewardship, Social Impact and Changemakers.

The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, now in their fifteenth year, showcase business practices of the highest standards that balance the needs of ‘people, planet and profits’ within the Travel & Tourism sector.

All 15 finalists illustrate a strong commitment to supporting change, transformation in business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more environmentally conscious sector.

Following a rigorous three-phase judging process, which includes an onsite evaluation, winners of the 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards will be announced during the awards ceremony at the 19th WTTC Global Summit in Seville, Spain from 2 – 4 April 2019.

Gloria Guevara, President & CEO of WTTC, said, “This year’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards shine the spotlight on those organisations which are leading the way in sustainable Travel & Tourism. They reflect WTTC’s Strategic Priorities of Climate Action, Destination Stewardship, Future of Work, and Social Responsibility. As pioneers in the world of Travel & Tourism I applaud all these finalists on their business philosophies and encourage the wider sector to look to them as leading examples for the future of sustainable travel.”

Awards Lead Judge, Prof. Graham Miller, Executive Dean and Professor of Sustainability in Business, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Surrey said, “The shortlisted projects and businesses demonstrate community development, sustainable employment practices, female empowerment, innovative environmental technology and protection of land and marine wildlife as well as positively contributing to the broader Sustainable Development Goals. Their efforts in these areas are a beacon to the rest of the travel sector in signalling the way to a more sustainable world.”

The finalists of the 2019 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, which is headline sponsored by AIG Travel for the fourth year are:

Investing in People Award, for organisations demonstrating leadership in becoming an exciting, attractive, and equitable employer in the sector:

·         Shanga by Elewana Collection, Tanzania

·         Lemon Tree Hotels Limited, India

·         Reserva do Ibitipoca, Brazil

Climate Action Award, for organisations undertaking significant and measurable work to reduce the scale and impact of climate change:

·         Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba

·         The Brando, Tetiaroa Private Island, Tahiti

·         Tourism Holdings Limited, New Zealand

Destination Stewardship Award, for organisations helping a place to thrive and bring forward its unique identity for the benefit of its residents and tourists:

·         Grupo Rio da Prata, Brazil

·         Masungi Georeserve, Philippines

·         St. Kitts Sustainable Destination Council, St. Kitts and Nevis

Social Impact Award, for organisations working to improve the people and places where they operate:

·         Awamaki, Peru

·         Intrepid Group, Australia

·         Nikoi Island, Indonesia

Changemakers Award, this year focused on organisations fighting the illegal wildlife trade through sustainable tourism:

·         Kelompok Peduli Lingkungan Belitung (KPLB), Indonesia

·         SEE Turtles, USA

·         The Cardamom Tented Camp, Cambodia 

The winner of each category will be determined by the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2019 Winners’ Selection Committee, chaired by Fiona Jeffery OBE, Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Chair and Founder & Chairman, Just a Drop.

Fiona Jeffery OBE said, “The role of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards is to inspire and educate. They identify responsible leadership in our industry and outstanding role models from which best practices can be learnt and built. Our role is to spread this knowledge and encourage a broader appreciation of environmental and ethical governance which helps drive a growing commitment to sustainable tourism practices, so they become part of the DNA of our industry and not the exception.”

To find out more about the finalists, go to the 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Finalists page.

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Diamond In The Rough

Evans is a storyteller and driving force behind “My Africa”. He approached Shanga to consider being included on his social media platform. He found out about Shanga while researching places of interest based in Arusha that fit the brief for his short documentaries. My Africa's platform is to highlight positive and inspiring stories behind organisations across Africa.

We can all agree Shanga is such a place.

The resulting video highlights Shanga’s history, our focus on ability over disability, some members of the Shanga family and their achievements. The beautiful presentation demonstrates Evans artistic talents while illustrating the Shanga Story including part of our mission which is to spread kindness to everyone.

Our sincere thanks to him and his team for thinking of us and including us in his series.

 

Introducing Our Newest Member Of Staff!

We are very excited to announce the newest member of our staff, Amber Derocher. Amber’s position is Design and Sales Manager. She is creative, hardworking, enthusiastic, an excellent team player, and very social; perfect qualities for this position!  Her role is to review and update the current Shanga shop, workshop, and product designs, and to generally oversee Shanga sales.   Mini Bio:  Amber was born in the United States, where she lived for three years prior to moving abroad. Her growing up years were spent in France, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, and Kenya. Growing up was quite an adventure for her!  She attended and graduated high school in Nairobi, Kenya, and later joined Hope College in Michigan, USA. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, she then returned to Kenya where she taught at Rosslyn Academy. The following years were spent volunteering and working in various capacities in the United States, Thailand, and Tanzania. Throughout her travels, she spent time appreciating and participating in various forms of creative expression around the world.  During a previous visit to Arusha, Amber heard about Shanga through Sarah Rejman, the director and founder of Plaster House. One day, Sarah told her “I think you have just the right kind of magic for Shanga”. Prior to her conversation with Sarah, Amber knew nothing about Shanga, and therefore immediately planned a visit to Shanga for a tour from our guides. Upon her arrival to Shanga, and after meeting all of the beautiful people and seeing their creative expression, she thought, “I have to work here”, and here she is today, our very own designer!  Her goal is to learn more about Shanga and what it means to have a disability in the context of Shanga, and in the greater Tanzanian community. She hopes all the new things she learns will further inspire a creative, understanding, inviting, and beautiful place to work and to visit. She is also eager to work together with the talented Shanga staff to create unique, appealing products that further share the Shanga story. She is currently learning Swahili and Sign Language to help her to communicate better with everyone at Shanga.             Fun Facts about Amber:  ·         Amber loves to write.  ·         Amber loves all forms of creative expression.  ·         Amber’s favourite type of design is interior design. In the last week, she redesigned her office, which now looks welcoming and well organized!  ·         Amber’s passion for designing began when she was little, as she was very imaginative and creative. Her love for artistic expression further grew when she took a drawing class during her first semester of university.  ·         Amber loves that Shanga is an organisation that understands the importance of providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, through creative expression.  If you’d like to get in touch with Amber, feel free to contact her at  design@shanga.org . We hope everyone will enjoy working with her as much as we do.  As kindred spirits, we warmly welcome Amber to Shanga and can’t wait to see her contributions to the team come to life! Karibu sana!

We are very excited to announce the newest member of our staff, Amber Derocher. Amber’s position is Design and Sales Manager. She is creative, hardworking, enthusiastic, an excellent team player, and very social; perfect qualities for this position!  Her role is to review and update the current Shanga shop, workshop, and product designs, and to generally oversee Shanga sales. 

Mini Bio:

Amber was born in the United States, where she lived for three years prior to moving abroad. Her growing up years were spent in France, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, and Kenya. Growing up was quite an adventure for her!

She attended and graduated high school in Nairobi, Kenya, and later joined Hope College in Michigan, USA. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, she then returned to Kenya where she taught at Rosslyn Academy. The following years were spent volunteering and working in various capacities in the United States, Thailand, and Tanzania. Throughout her travels, she spent time appreciating and participating in various forms of creative expression around the world.

During a previous visit to Arusha, Amber heard about Shanga through Sarah Rejman, the director and founder of Plaster House. One day, Sarah told her “I think you have just the right kind of magic for Shanga”. Prior to her conversation with Sarah, Amber knew nothing about Shanga, and therefore immediately planned a visit to Shanga for a tour from our guides. Upon her arrival to Shanga, and after meeting all of the beautiful people and seeing their creative expression, she thought, “I have to work here”, and here she is today, our very own designer!

Her goal is to learn more about Shanga and what it means to have a disability in the context of Shanga, and in the greater Tanzanian community. She hopes all the new things she learns will further inspire a creative, understanding, inviting, and beautiful place to work and to visit. She is also eager to work together with the talented Shanga staff to create unique, appealing products that further share the Shanga story. She is currently learning Swahili and Sign Language to help her to communicate better with everyone at Shanga.  

       

Fun Facts about Amber:

·         Amber loves to write.

·         Amber loves all forms of creative expression.

·         Amber’s favourite type of design is interior design. In the last week, she redesigned her office, which now looks welcoming and well organized!

·         Amber’s passion for designing began when she was little, as she was very imaginative and creative. Her love for artistic expression further grew when she took a drawing class during her first semester of university.

·         Amber loves that Shanga is an organisation that understands the importance of providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, through creative expression.

If you’d like to get in touch with Amber, feel free to contact her at design@shanga.org. We hope everyone will enjoy working with her as much as we do.  As kindred spirits, we warmly welcome Amber to Shanga and can’t wait to see her contributions to the team come to life! Karibu sana!

NEW RECRUIT AT SHANGA... MASOUD

Masoud is 20 years old and started working at Shanga last month. He has quickly become part of the team and has already proven he is very capable of producing amazing products. He is part of the Aluminium and Metal department where he is producing beautiful mobiles, wind chimes and many more products that we sell. Masoud took part in the ‘Usa River Rehabilitation and Training Centre’ shoe making course before he came to Shanga. He was born with Dwarfism which was tough for him growing up. He is fully integrated into the Shanga Family where he says he feels safe and happy now.