Calling All Budding Thespians! LIS Community Production – 10 March 2017

LIS are organising a community production which will be performed in their theatre March 10th 2017. It will be a collection of scenes from well known musicals and they are looking for volunteers for cast and crew to make it happen! Rehearsals are every Thursday 7pm-8:30pm at the International School in Talatona. Please contact Rene rbradford@lisluanda.com or Enderson endersonbispo@gmail.com

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Angola Restaurant Week – LBW Dinner October 27th

 

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Angola Restaurant Week runs from October 24th until 30th with participating restaurants offering lunch for Akz4,000 and dinner for Akz6,000.

The LBW have booked tables at two participating restaurants for dinner on Thursday 27th October at 1930.  The restaurants are Chill Out in the City and Fazendeiro in Talatona.  If you’d like to join us please contact Ann Currie (anncurrie11@hotmail.com) for Chill Out and Emma Dolton (emmadolton@hotmail.co.uk) for Fazendeiro.  Please let us know by Friday 21st October 2016 if you’d like to come along and take advantage of this brilliant deal!

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Information from the British Embassy for People Visiting and Living in Angola

Are you British? Are you living in or planning to visit Angola? If so: 

·         You’re no longer required to register with us, but you should read our Travel Advice at  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/angola   and sign up for email updates.

 ·         You can find information about what the British Embassy can and cannot help you with on our website at https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-luanda  and in our guide at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/helping-british-people-overseas-travelling-and-living-abroad.

·         If you urgently need help, you can call +244 222 334 582/3, or your family in the UK can call 020 7008 1500.

·         You can follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ukinangola and Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/UKinAngola , and find more travel tips at www.gov.uk/travelaware.  

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DONATIONS NEEDED! ASSOCIACAO ABANDONA DE CRIANCA ANGOLANA (AACA)

This is a girls’ orphanage situated in the City, by the Igreja Sagrada Familia.

They care for roughly 90 girls between the ages of 8 and 18.  Unlike some other orphanages at which some of our members may volunteer, AACA has very little and are in urgent need of help.

Although we cannot help them with cash as they are not one of our chosen charities this year, they have put out a plea for support including the following:

  • dried food supplies
  • clothes
  • art supplies
  • musical instruments
  • sports equipment
  • toys

The children are educated in the orphanage up to Year 6. The teachers are paid by the Ministry of Education.  After that, the children are sent to regular local schools.

Although being inaugurated by the wife of the President in the early 1990s with OMA (Organizacao da Mulher Angolana) back up, the Centre is now very much on its own.

The children do not have medical insurance, meaning that the Centre has to find money to pay for any treatment necessary.

The same applies to food and, although not starving, very often children go to sleep hungry – especially those who have to attend school outside of the Centre as there is not enough food for the ‘absents’.  Very often, the director has to ‘beg’ for food from strangers/friends/acquaintances in order to provide for the children.

In the past AACA had help from an art teacher, two music teachers, a sports teacher and a dance teacher.  Unfortunately, this has all ceased.

The girls continue to choreograph their own dance routines and, in exchange for some help, they can perform at functions (though not at night).

With the help of the Spanish Embassy, a small area for teaching and producing baked goods was built in 1997/1998 where older children received training in baking.   Unfortunately they now need support to keep this going, and are in urgent need of a full-sized oven. 

The girls still bake (using a very small counter-top oven) and they sell these cakes to raise money for the orphanage’s utility bills.

Please bear AACA in mind.  Any donations will be gratefully received.  Bring them along to any LBW event (including coffee meetings) or drop them at the British Embassy c/o Jill Dennis.

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Monthly Activities

What to look forward to in May:

Weekly coffee get-togethers continue in the South in Talatona (Fridays 10:30 am – 2:00 pm) at HCTA Hotel lobby coffee shop.

Children welcome.

***City coffee gatherings in recess until September. Contact us for information if you’re new and would like to meet people.

***LBW Bookclub is also taking a break until after summer.

17 May Monthly lunch outing. Meet at Fazendeiro Restaurant at 12 – 2pm near Foodlovers supermarket in Talatona. Contact and RSVP by Monday 16 May.

 

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LBW AGM

Tuesday 15 March 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. AGM

Please include this date in your diary for the LBW AGM which is to be hosted at the British Embassy.

The meeting will include the annual meeting, and also lunch supplied by the LBW committee.

Membership fees are now due – please complete the Membership Application Form 2016, and pay 5000 Akz to any committee member or at the AGM.

Members’ Directory – If you would like your name and contact details to appear in the new Directory, please ensure you complete the membership form, pay your fees and note whether you wish your name to be included.

Help needed –Volunteers

The committee is currently organising a list of volunteers to assist planning for LBW events. There will be a committee member to coordinate and contact when help is required. Please consider whether you may be able to contribute your time and energy when and as required. Speak to any committee member before or at the AGM.

Donations for AACA Orphanage – Donations are being accepted for a Girls’ orphanage in the city. There is a huge need for clothing (girls age 3-18 yrs), all equipment – sports, baking, musical, toys, non-perishable food – anything at all. Please leave it with a committee member or bring to the AGM.

 

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LBW Angola Membership

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LBW wishes to invite you to join or renew your membership for 2016. Please see the LBW website for details on LBW and activities.

To become a member of the LBW – please complete Membership Application Form 2016 form and email it to the LBW secretary. Alternatively, please hand it to one of the Committee members, whose details can be found on this page.

Membership information:

  • Membership year runs from 1 March 2016 – 28 February 2017
  • Annual fee – 5000 kwz
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The end of the first month of ’16 is approaching but..

…there’s still plenty to do in Luanda. Weekly coffee’s continue in the city (Tuesdays) and Talatona (Fridays).

January 27th, LBW’s monthly lunch is scheduled at Zenith, Zenith Towers, in Talatona at 12 noon. If you’d like to join, please let us know so a table can be booked.

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January 28th, If you’re a beginner or more seasoned player, you are welcome to join for a round of golf at the Mangais golf resort. Contact Denise Shaffer for more information or to register your interest.

Save the date:

March 4th, Quiz teamCurry Quiz night at Torres Atlantico Residential Club Room. Details to follow.

 

 

 

March 11th, LBW Annual General Meeting. 11:00 followed by potluck lunch supplied by the committee at the British Embassy home of LBW Honorary President, Jill Dennis. See separate AGM notification for further details.

 

 

 

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It’s 2016! LBW is ready to roll…

Hello to you all and may 2016 may be a healthy, fun and productive year living in Luanda.

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LBW is ready to resume activities following the holiday break:

Let’s join together at:

Monthly Pub Grub Friday – Friday 8 January 

The first Friday of every month – come for Friday drinks (and a bite, if you like) at Club Navale (at the start of the Ilha) from 17.30.  All welcome (including kids).

Tuesday 12 January – City – Brisa Cafe from 14.00-15.30. (ground floor of Deana Day Spa) located just off the Marginal, Avenida 4 Fevereiro. All welcome. Held every week – even when there is a monthly lunch.

Friday 15 January – Talatona – Vanan Bakery from 10.30 – 12.00 for coffee and cake. (Just around corner from Food Lover’s Market). All welcome, including children.

 

 

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New Shopping Centre -Xyami

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Xyami, literally translated means ‘.com’ and from Kinbundu this means ‘Our Land’.

On December 11, Luanda opened it’s doors to a new shopping complex, comprising 63 shops in Nova Vida. Including numerous play areas for children, a multi-plex cinema, Kero, Kinda Home/Food, Swatch, Yves Rocher….some of our members tell it’s well worth a visit. Located on Av. Pedro de Castro Van-Dunem. Check out the link for more info.

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Feliz Natal, LBW Angola

We are well into the Christmas season and I took note of challenges Angolano’s were facing in this last week: men riding double on scooters on flash-flooded roads, wearing supermarket plastic bags duct-taped onto their feet/legs; women sheltering from the searing heat (34 degrees) under the large Nativity characters on Agostinho Neto Square, and the increased prevalence of street begging.  I also reflected on my own challenges I faced this week: how to get the water laden chairs that had blown into the pool out before I could swim and hoping also that the taxi driver leaping around on the road in front of me would manage to keep his very low-slung jeans up(!) – it reminded me of the opportunity to cherish those we love, and be thankful for the opportunities we have. Whatever your focus for the Christmas season, may it be peaceful and rich. Merry Christmas from the LBW website admin.

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View from Torres Atlantico of ‘Angolana’ on Sonagol building on Rua Rainha Ginga.

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Angola Field Group continues..

Orphanage AFG

As many expats and local people in the Angola community are becoming aware, our patrons of the Angola Field Group Tako and Henriette Koning have left Angola after 15-20 years. This couple were incredibly active in Luanda and beyond and one of their passions was the Angola Field Group. If you are not aware of what and who this organisation is, check out their website. Great news is that although the Konings have gone, their legacy continues. Tomorrow evening Thursday November 19 at 7.30pm the AFG invites you to join with Sister Domingas Loureiro who will present “Casa da Criança Santa Isabel” – where orphans try and succeed in standing and moving ahead after losing their parents. Ninety children in the orphanage, ninety different stories. We will listen to three of them, Teresa, Juliana and Monica and discover how life can sometimes be cruel. We will learn that accusing children of witchcraft is still practiced in Angola despite being denounced a decade ago.

But above all, we will understand that no matter how tough life can be, taking up the challenge is the only way to grow and sometimes, change conditions. Our two testimonies, Mila and Lembra, will share their passion for music and will play some classic pieces. We promise to display a great lesson in humility, courage and hope and look forward to meeting with you and your friends.

Everybody is welcome to attend this event at the Viking Club. Check AFG website for more details.

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Christmas Carols – Saturday December 5th

Get into the festive spirit and join us on the Terrace at the Residence of the British Embassy for Christmas carol singing and refreshments.  Full details will be sent out soon.
If you are interested in joining the choir please email us and we’ll let you know the details of the rehearsals. Choir

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Today We observe 40 Years since Liberation in Angola

We’ve had fireworks at midnight, today canons have fired, and all around the city fresh Angola flags are flying. The national flag of Angola came into use at independence on November 11, 1975 and was initially politically associated and Soviet influenced. Nowadays it has a more general connection with the red being the spilt blood of Angolans, the black representing Africa and the symbol in the middle is of a crossed cog wheel (representing workers and industry) and machete (representing the peasantry, agricultural production and the armed struggle). There are several international newspaper articles documenting some of the struggles that have been and are still faced in Angola.

Angola flag

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IFAL English teacher update

You will remember last month LBW made a contribution to IFAL to the tune of AKz 25,000. Part of this was to support end of year conference costs. Lis da Rocha (British Council teacher) sent through the following photos after the graduation of the teachers. We are grateful to have contributed in a small way to these graduates who will make an impact on Angola education. Thankyou!

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An opportunity to contribute…join the Polio vaccination campaign

A message from Africare:

The next Polio Vaccination campaign is confirmed for the 23rd, 24th and 25th of October 2015.

Africare is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to addressing African development and policy issues by working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities.

If you want to participate you can send Mavinga Vangadio an email (mvangadio@africare.org) to confirm the day you are available. Please inform him before the 20th of October.

The vaccine is given orally to community children. No previous experience or Portuguese fluency is necessary..you only need to be able to count, and figure out if a child is under 5 years old (you will be shown how!).Grab a buddy or pair up with someone on the day. Take hand sanitiser, sunhat, sunscreen and a smile. Drinks and a snack are usually provided. Normally the day begins with a briefing at the Africare office in the city, then drive to venue and after the vaccines are administered, return to city by lunchtime. Generally Fridays are the least attended, with Saturday most popular. Check with Mavinga where the need is this time.

Luanda Polio

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LBW gift to further enhance English training for local teachers.

We were approached recently by Lis da Rocha, a very experienced British Council English teacher, who is currently working with IFAL training English language teachers here in Luanda.  The idea is for the new English language teachers to, in turn, train further teachers, not just here in Luanda but across Angola.  And so on….
The latest cohort is coming to the end of their course and, unfortunately, find that their allocated budget has recently become much reduced. 
We felt, on your behalf, that it would be good to offer a donation to help out on this occasion.  This will include a contribution towards the cost of their forthcoming end of year conference to which members of the Association of Angolan English Teachers are invited.
Yesterday, we were delighted to meet with Lis and some of her colleagues and trainees to hear more about the project.  It was fascinating to chat to such energetic and enthusiastic people who are so obviously passionate about what they are doing.
We know that the LBW contribution of AKz 25,000 will be very wisely spent, and we’ll look forward to hearing more about this wonderful initiative in the future.
LBW gift

Gifting Education from LBW

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October is Black History Month in the UK…

 

Black History Month

Since 1987 Black History Month has been celebrated every October in the United Kingdom.   The event is formally recognised by the Government and highlights the contributions Africa and African peoples make to the economic, social and political landscape of London and the wider UK.

Coinciding with Black History Month, an Angola Art Consultant, Dominick A Maia-Tanner is heading to an African Art Fair in London with four noted Angolan artists from October 15-18th.  The exhibition titled ‘1:54’ references the fifty-four countries that constitute the African continent.The four artists, born in Angola have varying experience from a Masters degree to being educated in the ‘school of life’. Check out this link for further information. Some of you may have met Dominick at ‘Sparkle’.

The Tamar Golan Gallery is in the heart of Luanda on Rua Dr. Antonio Saldanha in Ingombota.(not too far from Restaurant Trocadero). Tamar-Golan GalleryIt showcases local art and promotes Angolan culture. Visit them Monday-Friday 0900-1200 or 1400-1700hrs.

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October opportunities…

We are already into October and there are plenty of opportunities to gather together, sharing friendship and knowledge of Lovely Luanda.

Les MarrainesWednesday 7th October – Café Rencontre  – 0800-1200hrs – the annual, beginning of school year, get-together for Les marraines de Luanda is an opportunity to meet and greet. The event will be held in the gardens of the French residence in Luanda. For further information, contact: marraines_de_luanda@yahoo.fr

 

Saturday 10th October – Luanda Wine Tasting Club – from 1830-22.30hrs. Their next session will give you a flavor of the “La Dolce Vita – The Sweet Life” by introducing you to the world of wine and foods that make Italian´s life so sweet. Join them at the Imbondeira Rec. Centre by Mussulo Embarcaduro. Cost is $80 or 10,800KWA. See here for further information. Wine Tasting Club 7th Session Invitation

 

Book clubWednesday 21st October – LBW Book Club – 1000hrs. To be held at Committee member, Emma Dolton’s home (no. 10 Argentina, Atlantico Sul). Please let her know if you will be attending so your name can be included on the security list. Tea and cake supplied. The first book to discuss is ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins.

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Saturday 24th October – TICA Luanda is hosting a Trivia Night – 1900-2200hrs at Condominio Imbondeiro. 30,000Kwz. Register on-line at ticaluanda.com or contact Jennifer Bayer to reserve your table jsstep12@gmail.com

As usual, there are weekly coffee gatherings in the city and Talatona. See our events page for details. And look out for the date for November’s lunch date – if you have a restaurant suggestion, let us know! Put the next Pub Grub date on your calendar – November 6th at 17.30 hrs.

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October Monthly Lunch is tomorrow!!

Join us noon at Chic in Talatona for sushi as well as meat and fish dishes.

Chic is in the Atlantico Biz Ctr in Talatona. When you drive to the small Casa dos Frescos next to Condominio Kyanda you pass a little roundabout where the road forks. You usually take the right road to go to Casa. Take the left road to Chic, a little further up you’ll see a blue sign on the left that says Atlantico. Go inside the building, up the stairs to the left and the restaurant is next to the ice cream shop at the far end. You can go to their Facebook page for more details.

We haven’t been able to make a reservation – they aren’t answering the phone, or it’s broken, but everytime we have been there at noon beforem it’s been empty!

Look forward to seeing you!

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