Dave Bonner has recently been visiting our project in Mbale. He kept a blog to record activities whilst he was in-country. Please follow the link to read his story – and admire his practical construction classes.
The stories below give an insight into the work of our project managers with disadvantaged communities
Pam Gregory’s visit to Northern Sudan pointed up some of the challenges for beekeeping in this region, and in particular selection of the most appropriate Apis species for apiculture. Apis florea (the Asian, or Dwarf Honeybee), is spreading rapidly along the irrigated areas beside the Nile. These wild colonies can provide a small but useful quantity of honey (around ½ kg annually) and beeswax at no cost.
When the chance arose to travel to Kenya and document the DIFD funded Bees abroad project, it was an opportunity too good to turn down. Landing in Nairobi on my birthday and leaving a young family behind in London, I wanted to maximise this opportunity to reflect to the best of my ability the impact […]
During 2015, three of our projects were completed and we adopted ten additional ones, which brings the total registered projects to 30. They are in various stages of development and work on some of the recent registrations begin in 2016. Two long-established projects in Nigeria, Maigana and PFPA, are, temporarily we hope, ‘on-hold’ due to […]
Faustina is the leader of the Kilimanjaro Association for the Spinally Injured – Women’s Co-operative (mercifully shortened to KASIWOCO). Her beautiful beaming smile and positive attitude belie the fact that she is often in pain and has been in a wheelchair for the last 11 years. She sustained a broken back following a dreadful car accident.
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 […]
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 […]
Liz Bates has written a wonderful article in the magazine BeeCraft, explaining how the migration of honeybees in Kenya is part of the natural rhythm of beekeeping in a region with two rainy seasons. She also demonstrates how, with help from Bees Abroad, these communities are sourcing hive equipment locally, and making valuable products.