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Bees for Development Newsletter - September 2019

Welcome to this month's edition, featuring young beekeepers from Bees for Development Ghana - Buzz Clubs moving on from school to a world where their skills will add to their earning potential. 
Find out, too, how we're helping beekeepers in Uganda take advantage of a world market for high quality beeswax, and news of funding for our work in Ethiopia. Uganda is also the exciting new destination for our special new Bee Safari, open for booking now.

This month's photo

Pupils from Agomeda School, Ghana at the ceremony marking their graduation from Buzz Clubs. These pupils are from two pioneer schools who pioneered the scheme in 2015, which is now going from strength to strength. 

Our impact around the world

Growing the beeswax business in Uganda

Beeswax is a wonderful product that's used for candles, soaps, polishes, skin treatments, cosmetics and a whole lot more besides. It's a valuable commodity, although for various reasons it has not been traded extensively by beekeepers in Uganda. The quality of Ugandan beeswax is very high, as it is entirely residue free inside the hive, and could fetch high prices from food and cosmetics companies.

One reason for the poor market is because buyers and distributors of honey simply haven't had capacity, in terms of skills and equipment, to process and trade beeswax here, and sometimes the waxes become contaminated during the rendering process.  

Together with The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO), Bees for Development is providing training and testing of a range of different equipment for traders, who will now be able to export their beeswax, creating a better market for beekeepers around the country. 

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The Graduates of Buzz Club Ghana 2019

The first set of graduates from Buzz Clubs at schools in Ghana have celebrated learning lifelong skills and are now moving on to the next stage in their lives. Two schools in Kranka and Agomeda pioneered the scheme, with the support of Bees for Development Ghana and Stroud Beekeepers Association. The pupils who graduated have been involved since the very beginning in 2015.
Buzz Clubs were established to raise funds for pupils to go on to secondary education which, until recently, was only available to paying students. Happily, all children in Ghana now have the option to remain in free secondary education, although family circumstances may prevent this option for some. Now that secondary education is provided free to all, we plan to broaden the focus of future clubs so that more children can learn about a wider range of topics.
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UK Aid supports project to reduce debt for communities

We are pleased to announce three years of support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for important new work in Ethiopia. The Project will help to address the lack of financial support and infrastructure faced by people living in remote communities. 
Communities in the Amhara region are poor, made worse by lack of financial systems to save money. People often feel obliged to take out high interest loans that lead them into further debt. Village Savings and Loan Groups, where a group of people save together and take small loans from their savings when needed, are a proven option for community groups, and are becoming commonplace.
Bees for Development plans to work with these groups to help them grow to bring in sustainable and long-term options for beekeepers and farmers to see families through difficult times.

Raising Funds

Big funds from young school pupils

Lanesborough Pre-prep school in Guildford put on The Bee Musical for parents and friends to enjoy and learn about bees and how important they are. They raised money through a collection, selling cakes and honey donated by two local beekeepers Barrie Lloyd and Peter Dawson. They raised an amazing £510! 

Record amount raised at Conwy Honey Fair

A Honey Fair has been held in Conwy for around 700 years. Today it is organised by the Conwy Beekeepers - Gwenynwyr Conwy, who nominate Bees for Development to benefit from the fair's profits. Visitors flocked to the fair on Friday 13th September, and £1032, a record amount, was raised for us. Thank you to all involved. 

Thank you...

We received kind donations from several individuals and organisations this month, including Peebles Beekeepers Association who held a stall at their local agricultural show; Tewkesbury Methodist Church though a coffee morning; and others including Catherine Fraser, Clare Cantrell, and Carrick and Kerrier District Beekeeper Group.
Are you planning to hold a fundraiser for Bees for Development? 
Thank you, we need your support to change lives of people all around the world. Please contact us at to tell us about your event - we will be happy to send you leaflets, a collection box and display materials.

Other News

Bee Safari to Western Uganda

2nd -13th March 2020

Join Bees for Development to visit Western Uganda to experience the amazing range of beekeeping here. You'll see first-hand the real and lasting impact that beekeeping is having on local communities.

This twelve-day trip will also provide you with the opportunity to visit Uganda’s closed canopy forests and to encounter some of its fabulous wildlife.

Proceeds from our Bee Safaris help raise funds for our vital work in poverty alleviation and protecting bees and habitats.

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Natural Beekeeping that works
with Dr Leo Sharashkin

Monmouth, 5 - 6 October 2019

We are delighted to be hosting the wonderful Course on natural and treatment-free beekeeping led by Dr Leo Sharashkin from Missouri, USA. You can book to attend either or both days, full details about the Course are available by clicking the button below.
Treatment Free Beekeeping

New book: Dancing with Bees
and Talk by Brigit Strawbridge

Brigit Strawbridge's new book, Dancing with Bees is a memoir of a lifetime of wildlife gardening, with bees at the heart of her story.
You can buy copies of the book, signed by Brigit, from the BfD Bee Shop. 
Brigit will be speaking in Monmouth, at the Shire Hall, as part of our local Monmouth Bee Town series of Bee Talks. Free to attend - just come along to the Shire Hall at 7pm on 5 November.

The Bee Quiz returns!

Come and see Bees for Development at the National Honey Show (24-26 October at Sandown Park). We'll be on stand no. 14 during each day.
On the Friday night, the great Bees for Development Bee Quiz returns, hosted by our wonderful Bill Turnbull and with supper and a glass of wine included. See if you can beat your beekeeping peers at some not-so-seriously challenging bee-related questions!
Book your quiz tickets here

APIMONDIA worldwide registry of honey bee toxicity events

If you have observed any toxicity events by plant protection or veterinary medicinal products in colonies, anywhere in the world, please complete this simple anonymous survey:

Dates ahead

To enquire or book go to our online store or call us on 01600 714848.

Event Date Location
Straw Skep Weaving Course with Chris Park 21 September 2019   Ross on Wye
Natural and treatment-free beekeeping
with Leo Sharashkin
5 & 6 October 2019 Monmouth
Sustainable Beekeeping Course with BfD Team 12 & 13 October 2019   Forest of Dean  
Brigit Strawbridge Talk "Dancing with Bees" 5 November 2019 Monmouth
Strengthening Livelihoods through Beekeeping 6 December 2019   Monmouth  
2020 Trinidad and Tobago Beekeeper's Safari - FULL 3 - 13 February 2020   Trinidad/ Tobago
2020 Western Uganda Bee Safari 2 - 13 March 2020   Uganda
Book here

See you next month!

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