World Bee Day

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What is UN World Bee Day?

WBD is a day to raise awareness on the essential role bees and other pollinators play in keeping people and the planet healthy. This day provides an opportunity for us to promote actions that will:

Protect and enhance pollinators and their habitats, improving their abundance and diversity.

Support the sustainable development of beekeeping, which is successfully alleviating poverty through Bees Abroad projects across the world.

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Give a gift for World Bee Day

We invited individuals, beekeeping groups, businesses, schools and colleges all over the country to join in the celebrations by organising local events around World Bee Day to raise funds for Bees Abroad WBD projects. Together we are improving livelihoods for economically and environmentally disadvantaged communities across rural Africa. You can still add your support in 2 easy steps:

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CHOOSE A PROJECT

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SPONSOR A PROJECT

Your support will help will help rural communities in Africa build resilient livelihoods through beekeeping. It will fund the training, support and essential beekeeping equipment necessary to provide sustainable on-gong incremental family income from the sale of honey and other products of the hive. By supporting a project, you will become part of the story of beekeepers making a difference in their communities.

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Bees Abroad would like to thank the following companies for supporting World Bee Day 2022

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United Nations Sustainable goals

Organisations are invited to fund 25% or more of a project and receive regular news updates for use in their newsletter, social media etc.

United Nations sustainable goals and how Bees Abroad meets them

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Projects are for groups in the poorest rural communities in East and West Africa

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Household nutrition is improved. Crop yields are increased by improved honey bee pollination.

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Income from the sale of honey is used to buy medicines. Honey and other hive products themselves have medicinal uses

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Participants learn tailoring to make bee suits & carpentry to make bee hives. Income from honey is used to pay school fees

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Choose to support an all women group. Historically beekeeping was a male preserve. Beekeeping provides women with their own source of income to spend as they choose

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Sale of honey increases household income by 20%. Income is sustainable. Income from the sale of honey is invested in further income generating activities

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New sources of nectar are planted for bees to forage Beekeepers encourage local conservation. We only use locally sourced wood for hives.

Choose Your Project

Organisations are invited to fund 25% or more of a project and receive regular news updates for use in their newsletter, social media etc.

Sierra Leone / Gbense

We have been in SL since 2017. It’s time to expand our presence with a second training and support hub. Budget cost to establish hub, train and equip first group of 30 households £10, 000. Just ask info@beesabroad.org.uk for more details.

Ghana

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Uganda / Kasese

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Sierra Leone / Farmers on Crutches

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Island Women Beekeepers

Island Women Beekeepers

Tanzania

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Support rural and economically disadvantaged women on Kome Island in Lake Victoria. Working with Emmanuel International Tanzania, we will give beekeeping training to 60 island women in 5 villages, hanging 300 locally made hives. The project will incorporate tree planting and business development, linking groups with mainland markets in Mwanza. The project will see improved livelihoods for our programme participants, changing the lives of hundreds of dependents.

PROJECT COST: £22,000

If this project becomes oversubscribed we will use your donation to support similar projects in Tanzania

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Hekenofom and Amomaso-Adom Beekeepers

HEKENOFOM (“HOPE”) and AMOMASO-ADOM BEEKEEPERS

GHANA

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Give hope to Hekenofom Beekeepers in a rural community in the Eastern region of Ghana. The group which includes 10 women, 7 youth and 2 members with disabilities, will build on foundations of early training by Bees Abroad and locally sourced equipment to ensure a sustainable beekeeping co-operative. They will sell quality honey and added value products in Asesewa, a vibrant, busy market town. The project benefits extend to food security, better nutrition, and increased family income for medical care, house repairs and education.

PROJECT COST: £7,800

 

 We are also offering the opportunity to sponsor the Amomaso-Adom Beekeeping Association, a community a short journey from Berekum town in the Bono region of Ghana. All 50 members of the group are farmers; some also farm cocoa in addition to the small subsistence plots for growing staples. 

Nearly half the group has experience of honey hunting, a destructive practice giving poor honey and attracting a low price locally. With sponsorship we can change this, leading to bee colonies with hives to call home, a fair market price for quality honey, and improvement to the environment through encouraging the planting of forage tree saplings. The risk of bush fires and tree destruction resulting from taking wild honey can become a thing of the past. 

We are seeking to support the group with apiaries from hive kits the members will assemble and a library of protective equipment. Additionally, the provision of small scale processing equipment and an added value course for some of the women who are very motivated at the idea of market sales will give a robust base for a sustainable business.  

If this project becomes oversubscribed we will use your donation to support similar projects in Ghana

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Bee Farmers on Crutches

BEE FARMERS ON CRUTCHES

SIERRA LEONE

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Support farmers who have suffered leg amputations during the Sierra Leone civil war. Bees Abroad is working with Sierra Leone Amputee Sports Association and Sierra Leone Permaculture & Agro-ecological Farm to provide beekeeping training in conjunction with sustainable agricultural training on a specially adapted farm. The project will increase awareness for rural changemakers on ecological, conservational and environmental issues within the local context.

PROJECT COST: £8,000

If this project becomes oversubscribed we will use your donation to support similar projects in Sierra Leone

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Baraka Beekeeping Group

BARAKA BEEKEEPING GROUP

KENYA

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Support a range of beekeeping related activities for the Baraka Beekeeping Group in Uasin Gishu county in Kenya. The group of 34 comprises 24 women and 10 men. Our local partner, CERA Rights, will be responsible for delivery and management, which will benefit over 150 participants and dependents. It includes a ‘train the trainer’ strand to help ensure sustainability beyond the initial three-year training and support period.

PROJECT COST: £9,200

If this project becomes oversubscribed we will use your donation to support similar projects in Kenya

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Annual Project Report 2018

Welcome to our 2018 Annual Report
Thank you for your interest in Bees Abroad. We hope you enjoy reading about our
project work and find this publication engaging and informative. We strive to improve
the way we communicate with our supporters; we would value your feedback about
this publication.

Our Mission
Our focus is the relief of poverty through beekeeping. We promote locally appropriate
methods to generate income, enhance livelihoods, alleviate poverty and improve the
quality of life of our project participants.

Our team of volunteer experienced beekeepers develop and support local partners
who deliver our projects in the most deprived rural communities worldwide.

Bees Abroad Annual Report 2018

Success at BBKA National Honey Show

Bees Abroad Projects Win 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes in New Charity Class at National Honey Show

Bees Abroad are world leaders in the practical relief of poverty through beekeeping. As soon as we knew the National Honey Show was to have a new class for charities working with beekeepers we realised we could showcase the gorgeous honey produced by the beekeepers we are working with overseas. Honey from twelve projects entered for judging at the UK National Honey Show in October 2018. The winning entry was from Liberia, where we partnered with the Universal Outreach Foundation which trains communities as beekeepers “so more Liberians can have the dignity that comes with being able to provide for their families’ needs.” The 2nd prize was awarded to our entry from Kenya. This UK government funded project given an A+ evaluation by the UK assessors benefits over 1200 households. The 3rd prize was won by the entry from our local project delivery partner in Western Uganda the Liberty Development Foundation. The lead judge explained that the criteria used were aroma, taste and viscosity; he was delighted that there were so many excellent entries. Richard Ridler, Bees Abroad Chairman, said ‘these wins are a huge endorsement for the very practical help our volunteers give to people in low-income communities around the world to learn hands-on beekeeping, high-quality honey production and business skills to generate income and improve their lives’. Bees Abroad are world leaders in the practical relief of poverty through beekeeping.

INTO Giving – funds beekeeping in Odogbolu district, Nigeria

INTO Giving Funds Bees Abroad’s School Beekeeping Project in Nigeria

INTO Giving is an exemplary charity that supports humanitarian and community projects in the developing world. Charities/projects are nominated by INTO employees who also raise the funds used to support development activities. Each year the charity selects 1-2 new charities/projects for support. Nominations are assessed by the INTO Board, who act as administrators / trustees.

Whether it’s girls’ or refugee education (two of the big and important themes that emerged in 2016), or helping to build or refurbish a school, support teachers, or other educational projects INTO Giving is active in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. With

 

projects in Bangladesh, Ghana, Malawi, Thailand and Lebanon support from INTO Giving improves the lives of disadvantaged and impoverished children and their teachers. In the last year, INTO Giving donated more than £75,000 to education projects in the developing world – TWICE AS MUCH AS IN 2016!

Okun Owa’s Beekeeping trainees

In 2017, 28 projects were nominated by staff for consideration, including Bees Abroad’s Multilateral Grammar School Beekeeping Project. 6 projects were selected for support and we were delighted to learn that the Bees Abroad proposal came out joint top in the assessment process.

Over three years, Bees Abroad will train two beekeeping trainers within the rural government run school. The trainers will establish a school beekeeping club to include beekeeping as a topic in the curriculum, in addition to established agriculture and animal husbandry courses. The teaching apiary with 30 top bar hives will be established in the first year (2018). The project will also train 10 pupils as beekeepers, who will build their own hives (two hives per trainee), make their own bee suits and manage their colonies on their own account. Trainees come from farming families on very low incomes which in turn leads to poor nutrition, high mortality at all ages and inadequate access to healthcare and education.

INTO Giving is funding 100% of the project cost. Funding will cover the cost of delivery of beekeeping training, including training the teachers, materials needed for hive construction and personal protection equipment, provision of instructional training materials and manuals, costs of apiary establishment and harvesting equipment.

From 2020 onwards, the sale of honey and secondary products should provide an income stream for the school beekeeping club to be self-sufficient.

At the school selection day, the need for income generation was evidenced when 85 students from the junior and senior school turned up to bid for ten trainee places!

Some had previous exposure to the craft, for example through honey hunting. All were aged between 14 and 18 years old. They showed great enthusiasm which is important as training will have to fit around school and family responsibilities.

Over 98% of these students contributed financially to their households. Some run their own skilled micro enterprises such as tailoring or carpentry; others have various paid seasonal farm jobs like peeling of cassava. In the longer term, the aims and objectives of the project will go a long way to extending the capacity of trainees to contribute to financial obligations at home.

Typically, good beekeepers are naturally observant and inquisitive. We look for trainees who are aware of the environment and interested in trees, insects and plants. Those who already have some work ethic are more likely to be systematic in checking hives regularly and notice details that provide clues to what is happening in their hives, to their bees and to the local conditions. They are also more likely to be innovative – natural researchers experimenting with their own ideas and testing out ideas they have learnt or new solutions to problems.

The Bees Abroad intervention is not based on handouts – trainees will be required to build or make inputs from scratch as appropriate, from local resources, to they experience the options for differentiating roles and interests within beekeeping. Roles range from carpenters building hives, to tailors making bee suits or specialisations such as producing secondary bee products or providing pollination services, or as has happened with past projects, trainees become beekeeping trainers themselves!

Our focus is to train the students to be active beekeepers and manage their bee hives and not their bees. We emphasise producing more honey from each hive to increase productivity over having more hives to increase production. Our strategy requires better capacity building for the beekeepers and less investment in equipment.

Training is in modern beekeeping management techniques in line with the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Tropical Syllabus. Bees Abroad will apply sustainable and ecological methods, for example hives and bee suits are made from local materials and there will be an emphasis on pollination, ecology and conservation. Trainees will be provided with Bees Abroad Basic and Advance beekeeping manuals for reference as well as practical hands on training in the field during the local bee season. The theoretical and practical training modules will be delivered by a certified (Nigerian) Bees Abroad trainer locally, whom we have worked with successfully for a number of years.

After training, students will practice beekeeping on their own account in their communities, thus creating a second income which will help to pay their school fees and support their extended families.