Happy New Year Friends!

We hope you had an amazing festive period with friends and family, and managed to unwind a little after a busy 2018, ready fighting fit for another amazing year ahead!

For ourselves, the end of 2018 was a little different (but certainly adventurous!) with an intense 4 weeks spent touring The Gambia. This was our first visit in 18 months, since 2016, and since the new President had taken democratic victory after 22 years of the former ruler.

After a fruitful (boom boom!) year developing Baotic foundations in the UK, we believed it was fundamentally important for us to take time back in The Gambia with the Gambian communities we are also set up to serve. It’s part of our mission, and staying close, empathetic, and understanding of the progress and challenges, the impact that’s being made, and the direction of future travel will only help serve our motivation and focus to achieve supporting these goals.

It was an incredible few weeks of travel, reconnecting with friends, family, colleagues, business networks, village communities, the culture and landscape, and the entrepreneurial community groups we work with. Not least to say it was also intense, emotional, and exhausting, and so we have taken a little time to return, rest, recover and reflect (whilst seeing in the new year – Happy Hogmanay to you!) before preparing a mini blog series to update you on our adventures.

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Below is a rough outline of what we hope we might cover. Featuring emotional reunions, crazy journey’s, healthy beach runs, inspiring women’s groups, prestigious invitations, village visits, Gambian food and drink, UN agencies, dancing to the African drum, and developing fears, hopes and opportunity. With a few Baobab plants, Baobab trees, Baobab fruits, and of course Baobab drinks, it really had it all!

Draft Blog Series:

Part 1: The Adventure of a Gambian Journey!

Part 2: Sustaining Baobabs in all their glory!

Part 3: Heart Warming AND Heart Breaking In Equal Measures

Part 4: Invited to The United Nations, World Food Program

Part 5: Advocating Sustainable Baobabs To The Minister of Agriculture

Part 6: Back To The Village: Catching up with Basse Women Co-operatives

Part 7: Gambia Health – A Burning Platform

Part 8: Meeting Inspiring People: Somita Women’s Group Garden

Part 9: Growing Entrepreneurial Spirit in The Gambia

Part 10: Gambia Progress 2016 to 2019

 Possible Summary: Gambia 2018 Visit Reflections

 

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As we post each blog we will update this list as web links, and link back to it from every blog so that you can keep up to date with the series.

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Its that time of year for a reflective refocus on our health and annual goals. So if you are looking to take a fresh step into the new year check out our Baobab drinks and Organic Baobab fruit powder (ideal for sprinkling on porridge, cereal, drinks, yogurt and salads – very versatile)

As a special thank you, for a limited time, use code: ‘HNY2019’ for a 15% off, loyalty reward!

Happy New Year – here’s to a healthy, happy and helpful 2019!

Paul & Isatou

 

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