Bee keeping for 100 Batwa Pygmies in Uganda

by Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation
Bee keeping for 100 Batwa Pygmies in Uganda
Mr. Fulgence and his friend working on the Hive
Mr. Fulgence and his friend working on the Hive

Our next milestone of empowering the Batwa Pygmies with knowledge and skills to produce the Modern Beehives is successfully achieved in the second quarter of our project implementation. At CIBC, we are seeing a new generation of skilled bee keepers. The Batwa are now in total transition from honey hunting to sustainable honey producing. CIBC is taking the pride of moving this new generation through our Initiative “Bee Keeping for 100 Batwa Pygmies in Uganda”. We are doing this through on job training our expert Top Bar Hive maker has accepted to provide apprenticeship to two Batwa pygmies. Every day they came and learn as they earn. The only proof that they learnt is their confidence and ability to produce a bee hive. So far they have made a complete one by themselves, they will make as many as they can before we can live them on their own. By no doubt the next set of hives from the next funding will be contracted by these new emerging Top Bar Hives Experts.

We are happier with the news from the field, as 20% of the hives is already occupied with bees. We are enhancing apiary improvement through extension services, providing seeds and seedling of trees that will yield much Nectar for the bee. We are planting cariandrar, moon flowers for nectar production and fencing around the apiaries to provide more security for the bees and maintain good relationship with neighboring land users. In this round we plan to offer a new set of five hives to the 5 new farmers in Nyaruntuntu Batwa settlement and train 2 to make bee hives.

When this second phase is finished the project would have constructed 21 bee hives and given 16 of them to the beneficiaries. The remaining 5 installed in the Project apiary site as a demonstration and provide a sustainable source of income for the organisation. Over 50 Batwa have benefited from the training workshop and through apprenticeship, 2 equipped with knowledge and skills to make hives. We have achieved this success together and I kindly request you to join hands with us again to push this project to the next level. Our Plan is to train and support 50 people this year with skills, knowledge and provide them with bee hives in this year of 2015

Learning as they practice what they have learnt.
Learning as they practice what they have learnt.
Learning togather to construct a hive
Learning togather to construct a hive
The hives constructed so far with materials
The hives constructed so far with materials
Apreticeship in action, Cutting Top Bars
Apreticeship in action, Cutting Top Bars

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BareKwe Pausing with a smoker
BareKwe Pausing with a smoker

What seemed to be a dream is now showing signs of becoming a reality. Proceeds from the Beneficiary training workshop held on 27.August. 2015 built a strong hope of a better future. It was an active day not only meant to train beneficiaries but to learn from one another. The stakeholders, the partners and the beneficiaries contributed to what we called a strong foundation for which the bee keeping project will transform lives of the Batwa and contribute to nature conservation. Providing bee keeping skills and knowledge to over 50 people was very important of it all, One benefiting member Mr. Kabwana said “we must be cooperative, work hard and support one another if we as Batwa need to transform the way we live’’. He also called for patience as we wait for more beehives and other equipments as already told by Director of the Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation (CIBC). The community contributed much to make the training workshop a success as funds alone were not enough, giving us freely utensils like chairs to use and free labour to cook the food for the workshop.

At CIBC, we will continue our tradition of offering outreach and extension services to these beneficiaries currying out onsite trainings and monitoring their progress. Our Men are working hard to finish the 10 Bee hives and have them distributed and installed in owners’ apiary. Our Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Partner is also very actively working with us to provide conservation messages to the beneficiaries.

We will continue to look for more money to do much more training workshops, make more bee hives and purchase honey production and processing equipment and establish honey selling shop in the trading centre. We have achieved the past success together and I kindly request you to join hands with us again to push this project to the next level. Our Plan is to train and support 50 people this year with skills, knowledge and bee hives in this year of 2015.

                                             

Thank you for your past support, we look forward to working together  raising more money to achieve our quarter plan of 2015

In the training room learning about hives &smokers
In the training room learning about hives &smokers
Learning in the demostration apiary
Learning in the demostration apiary
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Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Project Leader:
John Bosco Tusingwire
Kampala, Western Uganda

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