You helped us achieve and exceed our target of raising US$12,000 for People and Bees in Ethiopia in 2015 - thank you for caring.
We aimed to help 50 families and we achieved that - we trained 55 young men and women in Bahir Dar and Dera and 17 of the poorest families in Dera. The skills they have gained will last for a lifetime - giving themselves and their families a more hopeful future. We will continue to work with these new beekeepers in 2016, our focus will be on marketing - helping make links with buyers and negotiate a fair price. Please look out for a new project on GlobalGiving.
Mengistu (pictured on the left of Temesgen below) is a Development Agent and he provides regular technical follow-on support to beekeepers in his district. We know he has the skills to manage bees sustainably because he has started his own apiary too as a result of the work of Bees for Development.
In addition to our on-going work in Ethiopia - we are starting an exciting new project in Ghana in 2016 - also through GlobalGiving. Our work in Ghana concerns introducing bees into cashew orchards giving poor farmers increased income from larger cashew yields - because of pollination - and money from honey too!
Thank you for making a difference.
Bees are amazing - they pollinate crops, produce honey and beeswax and also create an economic reason for conserving trees. Plus, they don't need feeding and watering on a daily basis. But keeping bees is not always easy. In Ethiopia we are working hard to help youngsters get started from scratch. That means making a beehive, acquiring bees, taking care of them and then harvesting and selling honey. For a non-beekeeper each of these tasks involves something new - and can be daunting - especially considering that each beehive comprises several thousand stinging insects! This is why we are linking beginners to mentors - more experienced beekeepers who are right there in the community. They are on hand to give advice and help as needed.
Abata is a new beekeeper and her mentor Mr. Abebo recently helped her catch a swarm - so she now has two colonies. She has no land or assets of her own as her recent marriage failed and she is on her own. She is looking forward to her first honey harvest - she will use the money she earns to buy seeds and start a vegetable garden. The bees will pollinate her vegetables too.
We thank all our donors and supporters for helping people like Abata become self-reliant, giving her a future.
Our team in Ethiopia have been reaching more people. We have trained 55 young men and women in how to make beehives. They then make hives on their own - once the training is complete - and take the first step in establishing their own small-scale beekeeping businesses, selling honey and beeswax.
Kindu is excited. He says, "I am looking forward to my first honey harvest. I know the price of honey in the market and am planning to use my income to extend my farm next year. This will help me in the future".
Our project received a significant boost in August. The Tucson Quilters Guild of Arizona and Champlain Valley Quilters Guild of Vermont created an exquisite Sunflower Quilt - which was auctioned to raise money for our work in Ethiopia. Thank you to all quilters and the generous donor who bought the quilt.