Uganda

The Bwindi Batwa project started in 2017 with three key aims:

  • by improving the health of the children
  • by giving the community another means of making money
  • by increasing their self-esteem

Partnership Manager: Venetia Rist

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The Kinyamaseke Youth in Development organisation (KYID) was set up to support young people from backgrounds that make their lives very difficult.

They include members who have been deprived of education, many are unemployed, illiterate, and exploited, some are girls married early for bride wealth and then abandoned.

This organisation seeks to improve their life situations, so that they can play a full part in the community.

Partnership Managers: Richard & Jane Ridler, Abdul Miah

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Situated in Kagando Village, Kisinga sub-County, Kasese District of Uganda, the Women’s Resource Centre for Community Development, led by Mumbere Kombi Blessing, comprises a group drawn from several small communities in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, just a few kilometres north of the equator.

Partnership Managers: Richard & Jane Ridler, Abdul Miah

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Having a disability can lead to poverty, and the poverty, in turn, can place an even greater burden on individuals.

The Ibanda Development Association for Persons with Disabilities has twenty members from fifteen families with a range of disabilities including lameness, hearing problems, restricted growth, educationally challenged and people with speech difficulties; over half the group are women.

Their village is in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, close to a national park, and with an equatorial climate and vegetation, it is ideal for beekeeping.

Partnership Managers: Richard & Jane Ridler, Abdul Miah

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The group is formed of 54 women, the majority of whom had just two hives each, made to the local woven design. The group provides the opportunity for mutual support and knowledge sharing.

Its main goals are empowerment, improvement of health, education and living conditions among the underprivileged women and their dependants.

Partnership Managers: Richard & Jane Ridler, Abdul Miah

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This project, in the village of Mughetee, Kitabu, near Kasese, is located in the higher foothills of the Rwenzori mountains almost exactly on the equator. Illegal poaching in the adjacent QE II National Park has reduced the male population of the village.

The group’s main purpose is to generate sources of income which enable their community to avoid dependence on poaching. The community are subsistence farmers; the women operate a small microfinance system.

The community has few financial resources, and they wish to increase their capacity to generate income to reinvest in subsistence farming activities, pay school fees, and buy medicines and household essentials.

Partnership Managers: Richard & Jane Ridler, Abdul Miah

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In May 2019, a project entitled Ray of Hope (ARHO) was started in the village of Buhesi, situated fifteen kilometres south of Fort Portal, a designated ‘Tourism city of Uganda’, located in the Western Region of the country.

The project is generously funded jointly by the Goosebec Trust and through Bees Abroad unrestricted funds. Bees Abroad works in collaboration with the LIDEFO Liberty Development Foundation, led during this project by Muhumuza Stephen.

Partnership Managers: Richard & Jane Ridler, Abdul Miah

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The Good Shepherd School is located in Kirembo Village, Kasese Region, Uganda. The school was founded by a group of parents in an area well suited to beekeeping. Recognising the potential of beekeeping to provide funding for the upkeep of the school, the school’s management team contacted Bees Abroad for help.

Partnership Managers: Richard & Jane Ridler, Abdul Miaht

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The Ave Maria Convent is in the village of Rwibaale, in a rural area 10km South of Kyenjojo, the administrative centre of the Kenjojo district. The area enjoys an equatorial climate and vegetation well suited to beekeeping.

Participants are all subsistence farmers living close to the convent. The participants wished to be trained in beekeeping in order to increase their income to pay for school fees, medicines and household essentials.

Partnership Managers: Richard & Jane Ridler, Abdul Miah

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Rwenzori Rural Talent is a group of subsistence farmers living in the foothills of the Rwenzori mountains in an area well suited to beekeeping. The participants have four key objectives in learning to keep bees:

• To promote the economic Empowerment of rural women and children in the society.
• To empower local rural women and the youths with skills in bee keeping.
• To improve local health standards in the society.
• To establish an innovative model of micro economic enterprise in rural areas.

Partnership Managers: Richard & Jane Ridler, Abdul Miah

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In March 2019, Bees Abroad started the Bed I Gen beekeeping project in Eastern Uganda. This four-year project is located in Anok village, one of the thirteen villages in Atur Parish, Dokolo District. The location is about 35 kilometres north of the city of Soroti on the Lira road.

There are 113 households in this village, and the entire parish has 1008 households. The group have already acquired 30 top bar hives, valued at about £430. They are registered with the Dokolo Town Council as Bed I Gen Farmers Group.

Partnership Managers: Dave & Cathy Bonner

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The Young Farmers and Entrepreneurs’ Network (YOFENET) is a youth-founded and managed Community Based Organization supporting the most vulnerable youth and women in rural communities to improve their livelihoods through small-scale beekeeping, mushroom production and vegetable growing.

The four-year beekeeping project started in March 2017, funded by income brought into Bees Abroad by money raised by the partnership managers, with some ad hoc support from the Ugandan Department of Agriculture.

Partnership Managers: Dave & Cathy Bonner

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SELOCOFFI (Serere Local Fish Farming Initiative) is an established group that has been supported by a Dutch charity in the creation of a Fish Farm. They wished to encourage beekeeping, and asked Bees Abroad for support.

Partnership Managers: Dave & Cathy Bonner

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The Bees-4-Life group is based in the town of Bukedea which is mid-way between Soroti and Mbale on the main road. The aim of the project is train members from 40 households and for each household to have five beehives. The households are mainly rural farmers many with HIV/AIDS.

Partnership Managers: Dave & Cathy Bonner

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