Thanks for your continued support to promote Beekeeping.The wild monkeys destroyed beehives a year ago which had an adverse impact on a project pushing it to a scratch level. We are adding a funding goal by and additional of $10,000-, because of this. We are appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Your gift and donations from different contributors will help make ten new hives in 2015 to add to 50 hives produced in 2014. Hope Ofiriha distributes these bee hives to 11 households.
Although the road to a project is always too bad, and unpaved. At this stage, it is manageable to drive at a start of a rainfall. The security in the County has been inadequate since earlier March. Before a project distributes hives to beneficiaries - Hope Ofiriha makes sure a truck can go cautiously and return safely. We are still contemplating a date, and once set up the goods will be transported to a site in this April.
Hope Ofiriha will be sending you a new field update report after a quarter to inform you with stages we are taking to rebuild a project, and how your contribution is making the impact in the ground.
Owinyikibul villagers clashed with new recruits in earlier March. The government and the opposition have failed to reach a peace deal despite the pressure from IGAD, UN, and the World. There are new fierce clashes in Jonglei and Upper Nile States. Humanitarian situation is worsening. There are 1.5 million people displaced from their villages of which some are living in exile as refugees.
In Owinyikibul of Magwi County, new soldiers recruit clashed with local villagers earlier March. The drunken soldier had refused to pay for the services where he was stuck in a bar fighting. He then organized his fellow recruits burning more than 100 houses and market stalls in retaliation. One recruit in the clashes. A chief has blamed the trainers for failing to keep discipline.
Thanks for your recent generous gift to Combat Malnutrition with Bee-keeping in South Sudan project.
Only months ago an alleged coup in South Sudan has left hundreds dead, and many in the region concerned for what the coming months may bring for the world's youngest country.
More than one million people have been forced from their homes by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, the UN says. Of these, 803,200 have been displaced within the country, and another 254,000 have fled to neighboring countries, according to the latest UN report. It warns that the situation is likely to get worse as the violence continues.
In the last quarter the monkeys destroyed 500 bee hives for food at the foot of a hill. These monkeys normally immigrate to Omilling mountainous forest areas during the dry season in search of food. They also ate cassava, sweet potatoes, millet and destroyed the farms. These species are very destructive to the local economy and their activities can create extreme starvation. To keep the monkeys away the villagers have to guard their farms in dry season for three months.
The project has managed to repair 15 beehives, and will continue to fix the remaining hives so long our economic position allows it. This will take time and patience to reach the goal. Five new bee hives are on the way to the project site for distribution.
In the next three months to come a new field update report will be posted so that you get to know what impact your contribution has help create in Omilling south Sudan.
Our beekeeper says he is disappointed when the monkeys destroyed Langstroth beehives from the project site on the foot hill of Itohok Mountain last week. The monkeys destroyed the hives in the night and following day it rains longer.
Denis Ochanda visited the site on Friday afternoon to find 500 beehives containing African Queen Honey Bees were destroyed, and honey eaten. These monkeys moved from northern Uganda looking for food in Omilling mountainous areas. In a dry season, this is a usual trend. They destroyed food crops, and anything eatable. The monkey falls down hives, open it, eat honey, and finally destroyed the hives at the spot.
He said: The beehives had been doing exceptionally well, and we were getting honey and money from them. I came last week with a volunteer from Czech Republic -Caritas Internationalis who had come to replicate a project. But when we arrived we found 500 hives were destroyed by the monkeys. The destroyed hives are repairable but need modest investment.
Denis said; we will keep the project going, and re-stock 10 beehives in the yard on the foot of Itohok Mountain. We are planning to repair the destroyed shortly. The watchman and four dogs will be deployed in the site 24 hours a day in a dry season. The dogs will be used to detect and scare the monkeys away.
Denis Ochanda provided this information through a telephone call from Magwi County.
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