The Old Boma provides vocational training for the complete range of jobs that are found in the hospitality industry. Approximately 40 students are trained per year, with over 80% securing future employment. Trainees are taught hospitality skills as well as English and IT. Trade Aid students also have opportunities for work placements in Mtwara and Dar as well as entry onto the Boma driving programme to earn their driving licence.
Trade Aid graduates have gone on to work in and manage similar establishments in larger towns and even overseas. Competition to work at The Old Boma is fierce and successful candidates are proud to wear the uniform. Trade Aid has trainees as far as Dar, Masasi, Mtwara, Mwanza, Arusha and the Selous and has even had trainees go for further training in the UK. Trade Aid maintains contact with all trainees following graduation, with many returning to speak to new students.
Trade Aid is now managed in Tanzania by former graduate Emmanuel Mwambe.
Trade Aid is proud to support the local community in a range of activities from providing free community English classes to helping local schools with building projects. Trade Aid provides limited grants to the community for health, conservation, and educational needs. Trade Aid also purchases most of its products locally and prides itself on using local workers and requesting all skilled workers to use trainees from the local community wherever possible. Trade Aid also conducts local environmental education programmes including litter picking and clean water projects.
Gender Equality Project
Our Gender Equality Project continues to support young local girls with their education through a sponsorship scheme. We supply uniforms, books, stationery and other necessary items to assist them to attend primary and secondary school. In 2019 three GEP students are entering Secondary School. Only ten years ago this would have been almost impossible in Mikindani.