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Visit to Kenya by Abdul Miah

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 beekeeping has on the lives of people benefiting from the Bees Abroad project in Kenya. I was collected by the Executive project manager David Njuguna and our driver Jessie Maina and was taken to Nanyuki to the project headquarters. David is a very knowledgeable beekeeper and I was quickly acquainted to the cultural differences in bee keeping together with the social customs in Kenya (lots of praying at every opportunity). During my short stay we visited 7 groups and two schools, with most days starting early and finishing late, with hours spent on very dusty and often bumpy roads. Our first stop was visiting a honey processing unit in Ruai. The centre had been refurbished with the support of Bees Abroad after being closed for many years. The centre was originally opened in 1978 by the Canadian High commission but eventually closed down as interest and knowledge about bees declined in the local area. Since 2012, with the support of Bees Abroad, the centre which contains a honey refinery, a small meeting space and a couple of storage rooms has rejuvenated the beekeeping community in the area with up to 200 bee keepers benefiting from the centre. Group Chairman Josphet Kiriungi, declared his group have benefited greatly from the work of Bees Abroad as they received training in beekeeping and capacity building. The Ruai group have also been working closely with Bees Abroad’s Nanyuki based marketing officers. Mary Ngari - Bees Abroad Marketing Officer in ...
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From Uganda

Stuart Andrews and Roy Dyche will be visiting our project in Hoima, Uganda at the end of April, and you will be able to follow their work via Stuart's photographic blog.  Bookmark the page! Stuart's blog from Hoima Below is a link to a previous report from this exciting project helping women’s groups living in a rural area of West Uganda. Hoima 2013 ...
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Project Manager in Uganda

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. Uganda Blog ...
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Blog from Kenya

John and Mary Home returned recently from projects in Kenya to relieve poverty through beekeeping. Whilst they were there, they kept a blog diary of their experiences.  Please click here to read more ...
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Blog from Cameroon

Read Jo Hiscox's blog to get a fascinating insight into how our project leaders support beekeepers, and see the impact beekeeping can make to low-income families.  Jo, Brian Durk and Gill Johnson spent 2 months working on various projects in rural Cameroon.   Follow this link to Jo's Blog ...
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