Meet the wonderful Baraka Beekeepers Group, another Bees Abroad project that you have the opportunity to sponsor this World Bee Day! Earlier this month, this exciting new project was launched with an inaugural two-day workshop at Mzee Lelei Farm near Eldoret in Uasin Gishu county in Kenya.
On April 5-6, 29 of the 34 members of the group gathered with two trainers from our Kenya partner NGO, Cera who delivered the initial training.
After an introduction to beekeeping, they covered the basics of the craft itself as well as the benefits beekeeping can bring such as value-added hive products, increased crop yields and protection and care of the environment.
The training also covered the subject of hive types and the importance of choosing a type that is both appropriate and affordable.
The group already has an apiary with four Kenyan top bar hives on some land belonging to one of the members. Two of these hives were gifted and the other two were self-funded by the group. Although these hives have been in-situ for some time they are yet to be colonised so the reasons for this were investigated and actions implemented.
They discussed group governance, group dynamics and group development and learned about baseline data collection to help to benchmark and monitor project progress and results.
The participants were very positive and enthusiastic and are looking forward to the second round of training workshops, which will be held during the third week of May.
Please consider supporting this project which will benefit over 150 participants and many more dependents, for World Bee Day. Your sponsorship will make a difference!