Aug 7, 2018

Its the swarming season and bees are arriving

Kenneth in Nkoranza collecting his hives
Kenneth in Nkoranza collecting his hives

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. 

Trainee Master Beekeeper Lydia in cashew orchard
Trainee Master Beekeeper Lydia in cashew orchard
Hive sited in July occupied by bees in August!
Hive sited in July occupied by bees in August!
Swarm box ideally sited to attract a bee colony
Swarm box ideally sited to attract a bee colony
Dec 27, 2017

In Ethiopia, Christmas is on January 7th

Siranesh
Siranesh
Did you know that Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on 7 January each year? And that in Ethiopia the current year is 2010? This makes no difference to bees of course. This year our partners have been working in Ligaba, Dangila, helping young women and men start beekeeping. Bees work hard. They collect nectar, and deliver it to beekeepers - who then exchange it for money. This money is used to buy food, seeds, clothes and school books. Siranesh is one of the young women we have helped. She keeps her bees near her home and looks at them every day. With bees she feels more hopeful of her future. "Life has always been hard for my mother. She has no money of her own. With bees, I see my life will be different". Thank you for helping Siranesh, and others like her, start out on a life full of opportunity and hope, because of bees.
Sep 11, 2017

Bees in trees in Ethiopia

Beehives are located in trees to attract swarms
Beehives are located in trees to attract swarms

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.

Emmanuel plants trees to feed his bees
Emmanuel plants trees to feed his bees
 
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