Harvest time for honey: harvests for honey happen twice a year in Burkina Faso. In April for the large honeydew and in October for the small honeydew.
Type of hives: there are still traditional hives in the trees. These are not good for the environment, not good for the bees and not good for the taste of the honey. We provide modern or kenyan hives to the beekeepers .
Harvesting of raw honey: The honey coming out of the hive is a mix of wax and honey. You can see the alveolus on the pictures attached to this report. It takes at least one year between the swarming of the hives and the first harvest. The hives ditributed to women beekeepers via this project will not be harvested this time.
Conditionning of the raw honey: the honey is extracted from the wax alveolus using (cold) pressure.
Results of the recent large honeydew: beekeepers collected an average of 7kg of raw honey per hive. One liter of raw honey weighs 1.5 kg.
Water for bees: at most of the water wells of the villages you can see bees coming for water. There is no danger for the women and girls who are coming to pick up water.
Traditional hives in trees
Honey being transfered to a plastic container 1
End of the transfer into the plastic container
Bees coming for water at a water well
Beekeepers of the village of Kofila
Apr 7, 2017
End of the second trimester at the LAP
By Herve Millet - project leader
winning soccer team
End of the second trimester:
Results of the students: The results of the first two years were acceptable, for the 3rd and 4th year they were below expectations. We have introduced end of february study groups program which we think will help students. For this we have realised new blackboards.
Pourcentage of students with a acceptable grade at the end of the second trimester:
1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year
95% 80% 74% 26%
Activities last day before vacation:
The general supervisor had organised for the first time at the LAP some sport events on the last day of school before vacation. Those activities started a 7:30 AM (to avoid the heat): soccer game for boys, 60 meters dash, relay race and wrestling for boys and girls.
New examination for technical subjects (CAL):
Students are tested in 4th year for general subjects via a national exam called the BEPC, but there are so far no official test for technical subjects. We will introduce this school year an examination called the CAL (Certificat Agricole du LAP) which will validate the technical studies made by the students.
lifting the cup
New black boards for study groups
Jan 10, 2017
Implementation of the project of beekeeping
By Herve Millet - Project leader
Women of Sokourani
Situation of the funding of the project of beekeeping:
With the funds collected so far we can provide 11 women with 5 Kenyan hives. We still need funds to complete the project to 20 women equipped for beekeeping.
What is happening now?
In January 2017 we will select 11 women from the villages of Sokourani and Sissa.
In February they will receive a training in the city of Bobo Dioulasso on general information about beekeeping. They will also receive 5 hives against a participation of 64,5US$. This participation can be a loan against future sales of the honey.
In March the hives will be set up in the villages. A second training will help them locate the best place for them and how to attract the swarms in the hives.
What about the harvest of the honey?
Harvests happened twice per year. In April is the main harvest and in October a smaller one.
What happened with the honey harvested?
Our association can buy the raw honey (honey mixed with wax) at a fair price. It is then processed and conditioned to separate the honey and the wax.
Honey is then sold on the local market by our association.
THE WOMEN OF BURKINA FASO THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO THEIR DEVELOPMENT.
WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR FUNDS TO REACH THE 20 WOMEN GOAL. THANKS TO COMMUNICATE THIS PROJECT TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES.