Tammy – Director
Tammy was born, bred and raised as a Canadian, but Africa has always been in her heart. Her feet first touched African soil in 2009, and her life changed direction the very same day. After a year of volunteer work, she came home and took one year to decide what she wanted to do. When not a day went by that she didn’t long to go back, Tammy sold her house and possessions in 2011, and backpack in tow, came to the place she now calls home.
Over the past 11 years, Tammy has volunteered across Africa with everything from orphaned and injured African wildlife, to teaching HIV education in prison, to working with Bushmen in Botswana. She has seen and done a lot, and treasured every opportunity and minute she has been in Africa.
With all of these amazing experiences, Tammy’s greatest dream was to work with an entire community, from the very young to the very old – and the idea of Baobuyu Learning Center was born. Her dream having been realised, Tammy runs the school and teaches our senior class!
Sharon – Head Teacher
Teacher Sharon joined us as a volunteer Teacher’s Assistant a few months after we opened the school in 2016. In 2018, a generous sponsorship allowed her to complete the first part of an ECE certificate while working part-time at the school. In 2019, Sharon joined us full-time as teacher for the middle class, as well as take on the title of Head Teacher.
Throughout the day you can find Sharon preparing homework, watching the kids at break times, and preparing fun activities for her classes. She is responsible for our music class where she might teach the Zambian National Anthem, make musical instruments with the kids, or host traditional dance lessons.
Sharon is also in charge of our PE and Motor Development class where she takes our kids outside with the bouncy balls, organises parachute play, musical chairs, playing with the footballs or having races. Sharon works extremely hard on creating fun, unique, and visual lessons for her kids. They absolutely adore her!
“Baobuyu has become part of my life and now I cannot do without this place. My heart is always at the school with the kids.” – Sharon
Sitwala – Junior Class Teacher
Teacher Sitwala completed his diploma in Early Childhood in 2018 and started working at Baobuyu in 2021 in our junior class.
As we know, this is no small task but he is definitely up for the challenge. Sitwala loves working with children because it has always been his dream: he loves children because of their never-ending smiles! He particularly wants to teach preschool age as he wants to set a good foundation for them, and he believes that every child deserves a great education.
“I am so humbled and grateful to join the Baobuyu team. The school is very beautiful and I love the environment, the kids and the whole team!”– Sitwala
Billy – Senior Class Teacher
Teacher Billy is our newest member of our Baobuyu Family, who joined us at the start of 2021. He chose to study Early Childhood Education at the David Livingstone College of Education because he has a huge passion for kids. This is Billy’s first year of teaching and he is already exceeding our expectations at what he does! We are so pleased he chose to start his career with us.
“I’m so grateful and thankful to be a part of the Baobuyu Learning Center. I have already learnt a lot of things about teaching, activities and methodology – and the school at large is so great!” – Billy
Steph – Project Coordinator
Steph first came to volunteer with Baobuyu in 2018 where she provided one-on-one help to students who needed extra attention. She soon captured all of our hearts with her endless patience and love for the children, and quickly became a huge part of our Baobuyu family.
At the end of 2018, Steph returned to Zambia to volunteer full time with our school. She is involved with all aspects of Baobuyu, from overseeing our website and creative content, social media, finances, planning, and leading our Girl Power group. To say that we are happy to have her with us is an understatement!
Memory – Sponsor A Child & Recycling Program Coordinator
Memory has always been a huge part of our school, and officially joined the Baobuyu team in 2018. She has been instrumental in helping manage our Sponsor a Child program, as well as contributing to our Girl Power and women’s groups. When Baobuyu became home to Mwandi’s first recycling center, Memory took on the huge responsibility of coordinating the ongoing operations of this project. She also teaches Nyanja, one of the local languages, to Tammy and Steph!
Memory works hard at advertising our school and its activities to the wider Mwandi community. She also assists with our fundraising efforts and helps maintain our gardens and the school grounds. Memory’s daughter Lydia has been sponsored to attend our school since mid 2016. We love having both Memory and Lydia as part of the Baobuyu team!
“Thank you, thank you, thank you a billion times for the opportunity to be a part of Baobuyu. The improvements made by my child at the school has made me more committed than ever to work hard for the school.” – Memory
John – Multitalented Extraordinaire!
John is a soft-spoken, gentle spirited man from Mukuni Village. He is multi-talented and plays several important roles in the day-to-day running of Baobuyu. John is primarily our watchman and the school chef, and he works hard to prepare healthy meals on a daily basis for our teachers and kids. He is also our gardener and grounds keeper to ensure the school and its gardens are clean and safe every day. We love his easygoing personality and huge smile!
Floyd – Happiness Team
Floyd came to live at Baobuyu after spending two years at Zambezi Animal Welfare Services. He is the most loving, patient dog; with a penchant for snacking and long naps in his favourite place in the world – his comfy bed! We love his sweet personality, Winnie the Pooh-like face, happy smile and his catwalk strut. Our kids absolutely adore Floyd too – he is the perfect fit for our school!
Woofie – Head Librarian
Woofie is on loan to us while her mum and dad are in the UK.
Woofie’s favourite past time is digging big holes all around the school, which John spends most of his free time covering up. She also likes stealing the other dog’s bones and has recently become self-proclaimed head librarian (as she loves to be surrounded by books). Woofie is super speedy, alert at night and takes fantastic care of our school.
Shmigol – Security Team
Shmigol came to us as a puppy in August 2015 when we started building the school and the builders thought it would be a good idea to bring in dogs as a security measure. Since then, Shmigol has more than proven that he is an excellent and effective safety measure at our school. He is repaid with much love, food and cuddles, and the occasional chicken bone.
Hamburglar – Security Team
Hamburglar came to Baobuyu Learning Center one day uninvited, said “I’m not leaving” – and he didn’t! Hamburglar had been severely abused, with many scars and even an ear ripped in half. After much love and attention, Hamburglar started trusting humans again and was able to become part of our school. Because Hamburglar is such a gentle dog, this gives us the opportunity to teach the kids about how to treat, love and care for animals.
Hamburgular sadly left us in July 2019 after a long battle with various health problems. We feel honoured that he chose us as his family and are thankful we were able to give him a happy life. As the inspiration behind The African Dog, he lives on in every doggy bandana, as well as in our thoughts and hearts!