Five young, enterprising and ambitious beekeepers joined our Master Beekeeper Training Programme in July 2018. They are just starting out on a really exciting path in life - to become full-time beekeepers and beekeeper trainers in Ghana. Each student Master Beekeeper was given 10 swarm boxes by Bees for Development Ghana and they have been placing them in trees around their farms. Now the swarming season has started and the swarm boxes are filling up fast. This is one of the most amazing things about bees - they are free. And yet they are so incredibly valuable - pollinating cashews and collecting honey - literally putting money straight in the pocket of some of the poorest families in Africa.
We extend our sincere thanks for supporting this work. Together we are reducing poverty, with the help of bees.
One of the great things about beekeeping is that unlike other forms of livestock, bees can sometimes be obtained for free. If you are lucky! Simple cylinders made of bamboo are made and placed in trees, to attract wild swarms. Once the bees enter, the beekeeper retrieves the bees and places them in an apiary. In Derbanta, in our project site in Ethiopia, young people who have learned beekeeping from Bees for Development are, "rushing to catch bees", according to the local Development Agent. Thanks to the training provided by Bees for Development, and funded by you, young people now understand the value of honey and beeswax and know how to build their beekeeping businesses. The income they earn helps them build a livelihood - that will sustain them for years to come.
Thank you for your support.