Since last report there was not much human activities around the hives. However it is a period when bees are working overtime.
Most of the fruit trees are in full blossom: mango, cashew ,locust bean and shea nuts trees.
It is the time also when some hives swarms. This happens mainly when the hive is overcrowded. This swarm with the old queen will look for a proper place stay. We have several cases when the swarm goes into building. This can create a lot of problem. At our Private Agricultural School we can barely get some equipment from a workshop. Bees are not naturally aggressive, but when on the move you better stay away. We had two girls with multiple bites whom we had to take to the local hospital for treatment.
We are approaching the main harvest time. We expect to have the beekeepers active with the harvesting of the honey has of mid-March.
Next report we will be able to tell you how was the harvest, according to some beekeepers it looks like a good year for honey.
Women will be very pleased with their extra income. I am sure that you know somebody who can help a women to become a beekeeper. Bees communicate with dances, you only have to send a link to your friends.
Thank you for your continuous support.
Mango tree with flowers
Cashew fruits and flowers
Bees around a tree in blossom
Bees looking for water
Feb 11, 2019
What is new at the nursery schools?
By Herve Millet - Founder
Children from Oualana
New nursery school:
We are very happy to say that we have found the needed funds to build a new nursery school in the village of Sidi 2 in Burkina Faso. The plan is to open the school end of September 2019. We expect 50 new children of 5 years old attending this school.
Capacity building for the mothers associations:
Nursery schools are managed by a mothers association from the village. The boards of those associations is changing regularly and we need to retrain those board so that they understand their duties and responsabilities. We are planning to do this training in April 2019.
Follow up on the quality of the teaching in those schools:
To make sure that we have a good quality in the teaching in the schools, a specalist from the ministry of education visits the schools twice per quarter. This specialist is also giving a lecture to the personnel at the beginning of each school year.
We are already at the end of the first quarter of the school year 2018-2019.
The 235 students (125 girls and 110 boys) are all doing good. It is not a small thing to feed them. We grind 600kg of corn per week as part of the food for the students!
In order to motivate the students to do some extra curriculum activities, we have established a point system. The points can then be exchanged against a gift. Gifts ranged from books, backpack, foot ball, shoes....
One of the activity we have started is to produce neem oil. We have made a video to show you the process. Students learn the process, they are producing something which can be use in their gardens against insects or in soap manufactured by a sister organisation.
The gardens are started to produce. We have harvested 650 kg of zucchini from the garden of the 5th students. Those are cooked for the meals of the students.
We will be able to give you some information on grades of the first quarter beginning of january 2019.
We would like to wish you a healthy and peaceful new year.