Beekeeping Program

Beekeeping Course 01

Photographer: Farrah Nosh

Overview

Our beekeeping program will be a launching pad for people who are starting over. The bees of Bidi Bidi are going to change lives!

Launched

February 2019

Project Type

Agriculture

Introduction

In Bidi Bidi, honey is money. We are investing in these men and women (and bees!) as they rebuild their lives.


Obakki Foundation founder Treana Peake is a trained beekeeper and her goal was always to bring this viable vocation to our partners in Bidi Bidi.


Uganda has a strong traditional beekeeping culture, but the yield is quite small. Different NGOs had provided more modern and complicated hives in the past with no training or follow up, which resulted in fancy hives being used as footstools. We set up a 3-day introductory beekeeping workshop that offered instruction and advice on both systems.


Our inaugural group of students were engaged and curious and, most importantly, invested. Some of them walked eight kilometres every day to attend our workshop and they were grateful for the opportunity.


One woman had 2 children of her own before taking in a baby she found in the forest, another left on her doorstep and a third who had been recently orphaned. She was now a single mother of five and beekeeping will feed her family. Every person in our workshop had a similar story, all of them very aware that beekeeping will support their families.


Once students have graduated from the full beekeeping program, they will be put into cluster groups to share equipment, but every person will get a hive. When honey is produced, the Obakki Foundation will process it, buy it at better-than-market pricing, and sell it throughout the region. This closes the market gap that often exists with these kinds of projects (lacking a market to sell the product).


All of the proceeds we make from selling the honey will go back into the beekeeping program and more advanced students will be trained to teach beginners, allowing the project to become even more self-sufficient. This full-circle support will ensure that every student is set up for success. We can’t wait to share their progress with you!

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IMPACT

We're empowering people to change their own lives.

Though beekeeping and other vocational programs.

Beekeeping will allow people who are starting over to earn a living.

Beekeeping suits will be produced by a sewing co-op we’re working with in Bidi Bidi.

New hives will be built by our carpentry partners in another village.

Beekeeping will allow people who are starting over to earn a living.

New hives will be built by our carpentry partners in another village.

Beekeeping suits will be produced by a sewing co-op we’re working with in Bidi Bidi.

Where does my money go?

For any contribution you make, the full amount of your donation goes directly to our humanitarian work in Africa. So every dollar that is donated to our life-saving projects makes an impact, giving people the resources they need to thrive.