Martin Kunz has recently visited India. Here is a fascinating article about beekeeping there, the different species of bee and how the honey crop is improving livelihoods. The article is written by his wife Marianne Landzettel, with photos taken by Martin. Reprint courtesy of Oregon Tilth’s In Good Tilth magazine, Spring Issue 2017 https://igt.tilth.org/good-to-the-last-drop/
We are a small UK-registered charity seeking to reduce poverty through beekeeping. Volunteer Project Managers assess and support beekeeping projects in developing countries world wide. They use their expertise, working in the local community group to develop a viable project which will become self-sustainable.
Using indigenous bees and techniques appropriate for each location, Bees Abroad offers training and support in beekeeping including making hives and protective clothing from local materials, managing honeybees, collecting honey safely and handling and storing it hygenically.
Home-based production of honey and other saleable goods from the by products of beekeeping is introduced, together with marketing and business skills to ensure the sustainable generation of new income by poor rural communities in developing countries. Bees Abroad projects are normally self-sustaining after five years and no longer dependent on external finance and mentoring.
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Bees for School Fees
This year, we’re asking our supporters to help us raise funds for a beekeeping project in Brong Ahafo, Ghana. Bandaman Senior High School has around 300 pupils and although it is heavily subsidized by the Government, it still costs approx. £25 (day) or £70 (boarding) per year to send a child to school. This is beyond the reach of most and many families are dependent of a good cashew harvest to pay the fees. Therefore, the dropout rate is very high leading to the loss of opportunities for boys and girls and no access to tertiary education.
Bees Abroad are helping this school and local community: firstly, beekeeping will provide an income stream for the school to buy extra resources and secondly, those who are trained will be able to take their skills into their community thus creating a second income so families become less dependent on the cashew harvest to pay their school fees.
The Deputy Head has asked us to run a school beekeeping club as part of the activity high school programme. We will focus on training Year 1 and Year 2 children, mainly girls. Beekeeping will be used to support their education by giving them practical skills in building hives, making bee suits, keeping bees and processing and harvest honey. Young people will be trained to make value added products such as cosmetics, candles and products from wax and of course, we will then help them market the products too.
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The United Nations Staff 1% Development Fund has awarded a grant to a new beekeeping training centre at Zamfarawa in NW Nigeria. The UN 1% fund identifies community projects in developing countries with potential to become self-sustaining and keeps in touch with local contacts who supervise and monitor the development initiatives. The new Beekeeping Extension […]
We visited 2 community groups in the west of Rwanda to assess projects for future support from BeesAbroad. Both have in the past received funding from other organisations to establish beekeeping however no on-the-ground training was offered. During our short visit we found that despite both being dynamic and committed community groups the lack of […]
A three year BeesAbroad project in Kenya which was funded by DFID funded project has been recognised for it’s significant contribution to the goal of poverty relief in the area. DFID deemed that the outcomes of the project, which had a budget of £246,798 controlled by Bees Abroad, had exceeded expections, were ‘highly relevant’ and […]
Bees Abroad are very grateful to the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers for their support of our work with the Cheptebo Agricultural Training and Innovation Centre (CATIC) The Rural Development centre in Kerio Valley, Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kenya has developed over the past 28 years however in July 2016 the CATIC was formally opened. It offers […]