Tribute to David Njuguna

It is with deep regret that we have received the sad news of the recent death of David Njuguna in a road accident. 

David was a wonderful friend and colleague without whose support, commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm we would never have achieved so much for Bees Abroad in Kenya.

David worked in beekeeping development in various African Countries before he approached Bees Abroad, having learnt of the charity’s work through someone in Cameroon. When in Kenya we met with him and realised his enthusiasm for beekeeping,  how this would make a difference to the rural people we were working with, and how similar his approach was to ours. We had a mutual understanding and this bonded us together. That was the joy of working closely with David for the past 10 years; bringing benefits through honey bees and their management to the people he cared so much about In Kenya.

We always appreciated David’s care of us on our visits to Kenya. He was a very special person and we looked on him as part of our extended family in whom we had complete trust. He was an example to all for his energy and dedication and willingness to help anyone who called on him.

David was highly respected by the beekeeping community; so much so that we have received many messages of how greatly David will be missed. We wish to share a few of these:

“David will be greatly missed. He was a rare and very special person, his life has brought his immense skills, hope and opportunities to so many, as well as friendship and kindness to all who knew him”

“We’ll always cherish the contribution he personally made to the beekeeping industry in the country. His legacy will live on. For those still in the service, strive for excellent performance. That is the honour we can bestow to our departed colleague.” 

 David was a well-focused and active member of Apiculture Platform of Kenya and had a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly on practical beekeeping. His desire to help communities to harness the potential in beekeeping for their livelihoods was exemplary.”

 

His earthly life may have ended, but his contribution to so many who remain is in the memory of all of us.

As a tribute to him I’m sure he would wish us to continue his dream of being Bees Abroad Kenya .

John and Mary Home, David and Roz Evans, September 2017

Digital strategy and social media

Our fundraising and communications team would like someone to join them who can take and lead and focus on our digital strategy and implementation of social media.

We need one person who understands how to create a digital strategy and a second volunteer who can help to implement the strategy.  We need people who are regularly using social media and understand how to create integrated targeted campaigns. You maybe a recent graduate in digital marketing and looking for a first project or you may come from a professional background and are willing to take your expertise into our existing team to train and coach.

You will be joining an enthusiastic group of volunteers committed to the success of Bees Abroad.  An understanding of digital media with the ability to write content appropriate for international development and fundraising would be ideal.

Interested? contact richard_ridler@beesabroad.org.uk

Corporate Sponsorship

We would like to expand our fundraising and communications team to include someone who can focus on gaining support from corporate sponsors. The role will involve identifying organisations likely to be sympathetic to our work and persuading them to support us. Corporate sponsorship is a new area of fundraising for Bees Abroad and one we think has potential to become a significant part of our income.

You will be joining an enthusiastic group of volunteers committed to the success of Bees Abroad. Many of us are beekeepers but it is not a requirement.

Interested? Please email our chairman richard_ridler@beesabroad.org.uk or phone 01799 218023 to find out more.

Trade Show Manager

 

We would like a show manager to understudy our existing volunteer. We aim to attend ten shows around the country each year to recruit supporters, fundraise and promote Bees Abroad. Shows include the BBKA Annual Convention, the National Honey Show, the Great Yorkshire Show and the South of England Show.

The role of the manager is to:

  • ensure we have volunteers to man our stand
  • manage resources used at shows
  • collect and bank funds
  • liaise with show organisers

You will be joining an enthusiastic group of volunteers committed to the success of Bees Abroad. Many of us are beekeepers but it is not a requirement.

Please email our chairman richard_ridler@beesabroad.org.uk or phone 01799 218023 to find out more.

Become a Trustee

We are searching for new trustees to strengthen our board and help implement the changes essential to secure our future and implement our strategy.

Our mission is the relief of poverty through beekeeping in any part of the world. Our vision is to be be the Go-To International Leader in building sustainable beekeeping enterprises for those in poverty.

Our team of volunteer beekeepers and local trainers work with selcted groups to establish social entreprises based on beekeeping. The sale of honey typically increases income by 20% and improved pollination increases crop yields.

We are interested in hearing from you whatever your background and expertise.

We don’t specify a time commitment, the more the better! Trustees meet by teleconference on the fourth Monday evening of every month. Our AGM takes place on a Sunday 8th April 2018 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

The role is entirely voluntary, no remuneration is offered. Trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, ensuring it is solvent, well run, and delivering the relief of poverty through beekeeping. New trustees without prior experience will be expected to attend a short course on charity trusteeship.

To find out more from visit our website www.beesabroad.org.uk. and read our annual report. To learn more about the role of trustees visit the Charity Commission website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3

Applicants should submit a brief CV and describe how they might best contribute to our future. You are welcome to contact our chairman before applying, richard_ridler@beesabroad.org.uk. tel: 01799 218023

It is not a requirement to be a beekeeper but commitment to and enthusiasm for our work are essential.

Volunteer with Us

We are searching for new trustees to strengthen our Board and help implement the changes essential to secure our future and implement or strategy.

Our mission is the relief of poverty through the craft of beekeeping in any part of the world. Our vision is to be be the Go-To International Leader in building sustainable beekeeping enterprises for those in poverty.

Our team of volunteer beekeepers and local trainers work with selcted groups to establish social entreprises based on beekeeping. The sale of honey typically increases income by 20% and improved poliination increases crop yields.

We are interested in hearing from you whatever your background and expertise.

We don’t specify a time commitment, the more the better! Trustees meet by teleconference on the fourth Monday evening of every month. Our AGM takes place on a Sunday in April at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

The role is entirely voluntary, no remuneration is offered. Trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, ensuring it is solvent, well run, and delivering the relief of poverty through beekeeping. New trustees without prior experience will be expected to attend a short course on charity trusteeship.

To learn more about the role of a trustee visit the Charity Commission website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3

Applicants should submit a brief CV and describe how they might best contribute to our future. You are welcome to contact our chairman before applying, richard_ridler@beesabroad.org.uk 01799 218023

It is not a requirement to be a beekeeper but commitment to and enthusiasm for our work are essential.

 

Rory’s Well – Bee Farming

We are delighted to announce that we have launched a project in partnerhsip with Rory’s Well to support Bee Farming in the Barri Chiefdom, Pujehun District, SW Sierra Leone.

Neil Brent a member of Gloucestershire Beekeepers and Kath Hayward visited Sierra Leone earlier this year in order to assess potential for bee farming in the area. Five villages were visited: Korigboma, Mano, Makka, Semabu, and Taninahun meeting with the chief and meet villagers who wanted to farm bees and discuss the project with them. From the start it was clear that there was a lot of interest in all the villages. These visits also involved walking to places where there were known to be wild bees. The individuals who came forward were mostly ‘honey-hunters’ who find wild bees and then take their honey; in the process this can mean that colonies are destroyed. Bee Farming aims to maintain hives of bees for longer periods. Whilst these site visits were happening a carpenter and two local apprentices were busy making seven hives for siting close to each of the five villages.

Brian Durk will support Neil as he learns more about beekeeping in Africa and will help Neil to deliver training in this remote and challenging part of Africa.

http://www.roryswell.org/bee-farming.html

Good to the last drop – Bees in India

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.

<b>Reprint courtesy of Oregon Tilth’s </b><b><i>In Good Tilth</i></b><b> magazine, Spring Issue 2017</b>

<a href=”https://igt.tilth.org/good-to-the-last-drop/”>https://igt.tilth.org/good-to-the-last-drop/</a>

United Nations funds beekeeping in Nigeria

 

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.

https://www.katebackdrop.comThe new Beekeeping Extension Resource Centre will be an education centre for rural communities, school children, and students of Ahmadu Bello University and the Samaru College of Agriculture. There will be a range of literature and other information on beekeeping available, examples of hives, protective clothing and extraction equipment, and a projector and screen for presentations. 120 local community members, 60% of whom are women, have already registered their interest.

The Beekeeping Extension Society (BES) have managed and run a number of projects funded and supported by BeesAbroad. The existing capacity of the group, and the involvement of Idris Muhammad Barua, BES’ Project Director (and previous BeesAbroad trainer for projects in Cameroon and Liberia) was pivotal to securing UN funding as it proved that the funds would have long-term, sustainable outcomes.

BeesAbroad are very proud that our current and previous projects have contributed to this exciting step forward for beekeeping education for Nigeria.