The Bee Project

COUNTRY: KENYA

Bees are truly tiny miracles. Did you know that almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of global crops depend on pollination by animals? One out of every three mouthfuls of food depends on bee pollination! Until they witness the miracle of fruit and vegetables grown from seed, or the beauty of glistening honeycomb built by hundreds of tiny bees, the children we serve have no foundation for healthy, nutritious food. They do not know where it comes from, or how good it tastes.

Our Bee Project in Kenya has been transformational for so many children and communities. Alongside our partner organisation, OnePlate has funded a Bee Farm. Expanding to 300 beehives and over 1,300 tree and flower seedlings, this project has created a complete eco-system for a new bee population. The bee farm also ensures the success of a thriving Hass-Avocado plantation nearby, which needs the vital pollination our bees gladly supply.

Calliandra trees, bottle brush, sunflowers and sesbania plants have been planted to attract the bees and encourage pollination, along with Moringa oleifera, commonly known as the ‘miracle’ tree.

Every part of the nutrient-rich Moringa tree – seed pods, fruits, flowers, roots and bark – is edible, offering unlimited social enterprise opportunities from sale of tree products including leaves and pods for food, cattle feed and biofuel.

Our beehives are bursting with sweet goodness and require very little maintenance – the bees do all the work. Beekeepers spend only four hours per month caring for the bees and draw honey from the hives once every four months.  Each hive within the Bee Project produces an amazing 16kg of honey per year.

In Kenya, honey is widely consumed as a food, as a medicine for natural therapies, and used in the manufacture of biscuits and commodities such as cough syrups. Along with improved nourishment from consuming honey, as well as the bee pollination of plants on the property, the Bee Project is ensuring increased production of essential medicine and natural therapies, employment and new commercial opportunities, and funds invested towards schooling for the children. 

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