The Big Give

Midday, 30 November – Midday, 7 December 2021
This year we are so excited to be taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign. We will be raising support for Beekeepers for Life, our campaign to empower women across Africa through beekeeping. We are excited about the potential with donations doubled, to raise funds to empower many more women.

What is the Christmas Challenge?
The Christmas Challenge helps UK-registered charities to raise funds for their projects by doubling donations for seven days from when the campaign goes live at midday on 30 November.

What happens during the Christmas Challenge?
Donations made to our Beekeepers for Life Big Give Campaign will be matched by our generous pledger and Big Give Champion, during the campaign week. If you would like to support our work this year, we highly recommend doing so during the Big Give week, when your donation will be doubled and make even more of a difference.

How to Donate
The Christmas Challenge launches at midday on 30th November (#GivingTuesday). Any donations made until 7 December will be matched. Simply head to our Beekeepers for Life Campaign Page to donate! Every donation will be doubled until matched funds run out!

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions about the Big Give Christmas Challenge, email

We’re Recruiting

We are a friendly small charity improving lives through beekeeping. We work in Africa with local delivery partners providing training and all essential equipment to enable groups in the poorest of rural communities to become beekeepers. The money they earn from the sale of honey pays for education, medicines, and household essentials.

The main role of our administrator is working with and supporting all the activities of our fundraiser. You must be self-motivated, well organized, committed, comfortable with remote working, and full of initiative. You will probably have experience in supporter management and communication and online fundraising. You will be very familiar with Office 365.

You will also be the go-to person for our volunteers and trustees, who are familiar with our systems and processes and be ready to help them.

The role is part-time but flexible normally with two days per week. It can be a home-based or based at our office at Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire.

Your responsibilities will include:

Maintaining our database of supporters (we use Salesforce)
Maintaining our Gift Aid records
Producing newsletters (we use Mailchimp)
Dealing with Emails, ‘phone calls, and correspondence
Receiving, recording, and passing on requests for new projects
Refreshing our website using WordPress with current information and news
Taking minutes of trustees meetings
Maintaining our register of members
Coordinating the production of our annual report
Supporting our volunteers with ad hoc activities
We hope the administrator will contribute to the development and improvement of the way we work helping us become more effective, grow and develop.

Our current administrator is retiring after more than a decade of outstanding service and will be pleased to train you.

Application Instructions
Just email and tell us why you want to join us, why you are the best candidate and send a brief CV.

On International Women’s Day 2021 we call out gender bias and inequality

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Women Beekeepers for Life

Building our success over 21 years of Beekeeping, we know that Beekeeping changes lives. It enables women in the rural communities they work with to learn new skills and earn a sustainable income to pay for education, feed their families, and pay for medical services. There are many barriers to women becoming beekeepers – cultural, environmental and financial. Bees Abroad addresses these issues through dedicated training, equipment and support that spans activities starting with the classroom, progressing to constructing hives, making bee suits and establishing apiaries through to harvesting and selling honey and wax products.

Read Jan Ridler’s article about her work in Uganda and how it is changing lives.

Celebrating International Youth Day

The UK beekeeping community and the BBKA encourage beekeeping among young people through activities such as the BBKA’s Bees in the Curriculum programme, the development of the Stoneleigh apiary for schools and support for the annual International Meeting of Young Beekeepers. Counties and branches also welcome young people.

In this article from the August 2020 issue of Bee Craft magazine, read about how things are very different in the developing world. Beekeeping offers an opportunity to contribute financially to a household, gain respect and be of value in the community. It’s gender-neutral, sustainable and requires only locally available resources. And that is very important in a country like Uganda, where 50% of the population is aged 15 or under (18% in UK); 83% of 15-24 year olds are unemployed and 1 in 4 women have a child by the age of 19.

These case studies give some insight into the work of Bees Abroad with young people.

read the Bee Craft article

Are you experienced in managing projects and people?


Full of challenges the role involves engaging with the teams who make our projects happen.

We are continuously exploring ways to improve the ways we work. We are a small friendly team of volunteers making a real difference to the lives of those in rural communities in the poorest of countries through beekeeping.

For more details please email

Bees Abroad are pleased to announce a new partnership with Bazar, The Ethical Marketplace App.

Bees Abroad are pleased to be launching a brand new partnership with Bazar, The Ethical Marketplace App.

About our partnership
Bees Abroad are delighted to announce our partnership with Bazar, The Ethical Marketplace App. Our partnership has shared values around understanding the importance of sustainable produce, whilst raising awareness of the importance Bees can play in improving livelihoods.

About Bazar, The Ethical Marketplace App
Bazar is a new shopping app launched on Android and IOS. Buyers and sellers of sustainable, artisan, ethical, pre-loved, and eco-friendly products can transact and connect on topics that are important to them.

Bazar’s commitment to Bees Abroad
For every product sold, Bazar pledges to donate 1% of their sales commission revenue between their bees, trees, and seas eco partnerships.

We are excited to have been chosen as Bazars Bee partner.

Find out more about Bazar
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Follow the steps below, to start buying or selling ethical goods, whilst supporting the work of Bees Abroad:

iOS (iPhone and iPad):
Google Play for Android, visit Apps of Google Play – Bazar – Ethical Life Marketplace Shopping App


World Bee Day – 20th May

To mark World Bee Day on May 20th, read how Bees Abroad is Focussing on Health & Wellbeing in this fascinating article by Neil and Dr Katherine Brent, Bees Abroad Partnership Managers, Sierra Leone.

With a focus on honey production, bee and beekeeper health and their well-being, Bees Abroad is sponsoring a project in the Chiefdom of Barri in Sierra Leone. The benefits of hanging from honey hunting to Kenyan top bar hive management are being felt by the locals.

Click on the image below to read the full article.


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Come and meet us

We always enjoy meeting our supporters.  We will have a stand at the following shows this summer:

Saturday 29th February – Bedfordshire BKA AGM

Saturday 29th February – Derbyshire Pre-Season Annual Conference

Saturday 7th March – Cambridgeshire BKA Conference

Saturday 7th March – Lancashire Bee Convention

Saturday 14th March – Beetradex

Saturday 28th March Suffolk County Conference

Saturday 28th March – Welsh Show, Bluith Wells

Friday & Saturday 3rd-4th April BBKA Spring Convention, Harper Adams, Shropshire

Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd May – Devon County Show

Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th May – Bath and West Show, Shepton Mallett, Somerset

Thurs 11th to Saturday 13th June South of England Show

Fri 12th to Sun 14th June – Three Counties Show

Wed 24th & Thurs 25th June – Lincolnshire Show

Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th July – 2000 Trees, Gloucestershire

Tuesday 14th to Thursday 16th July – Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, Yorkshire

Tues 28th to Thursday 30th July – New Forest Show

Fri 14th & Sat 15th August – Shrewsbury Flower Show

29th August – Buckingham County Show

Saturday 19th September – Cornwall Bee Convention

Saturday 3rd October – Wiltshire Honey Day

Thursday 22-24th October – National Honey Show, Sandown Race Park, Surrey

Saturday 31st October – Essex County Conference

Please come along and visit our stand and see our range of Gift Cards

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