HIVE Uganda continues to train visually impaired and blind people in bee keeping. In July 2018 the organization made a trip to Pabbo, in Amuru District, to give training. 16 visually impaired beneficiaries attended this basic introduction into beekeeping. The course covered the topics of general beehive management, the practice of honey harvesting, and the identification of an appropriate location for a beehive, the marketing of honey products and the different qualities of honey. To start up their own bee farm the beneficiaries received four local beehives each to kick start bee farming in their locality. by HIVE Uganda. Additionally, the beneficiaries were given white canes to improve their mobility and orientation in their everyday surroundings.
In the future the beneficiaries will also receive little seedlings that shall be planted around their beehives and serve as bee forages. Provided will be either Calehundra, African Tulip or Jakaranda seedlings since they grow quickly and serve as nutritious food sources for the bees. Planting bee forages is not only supporting the survival of the endangered bees but will also benefit the diversity of the local environment.
This training in bee keeping gives visually impaired as well as blind people in rural areas of Northern Uganda the possibilityto support their families with an alternative income by selling honey. Many other visually impaired people in rural areas wish to attend a similar training to be able to be self-employed as they work with other people in the rural community as their assistance. Unfortunately, these opportunities are always limited and HIVE Uganda wishes for partners, organizations and friends that can support more of such trainings. Your support is always welcome! For more information feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the first semester of 2018 six master trainers completed their teacher training and will from now on train the new beneficiaries. The six experienced blind beekeepers attended a one-week training which focused on teaching skills, time management and leadership. In practical trainings the new master trainers learned how teach their fellow blinds the basics of beekeeping. How to conduct a training that is inclusive and serves the needs of the beneficiaries was the most important question. All participants took part in lively discussions, exchanged ideas and developed together an excellent skill set to teach our future beneficiaries in bee keeping.
We are happy to welcome Jennifer, Alfred, Francis, Robert, Lucy & Grace as our new master trainers and congratulate them to the successfully completed training!
Since January 2018 HIVE Uganda has successfully trained 36 new beneficiaries. The 36 visually impaired or blind participantstook part in the training on beekeeping and learned about the behavior of honeybees, about the management of beehives, the honey harvest and much more. This training does not only provide knowledge but also gives the beneficiaries the opportunity to become self-employed. By harvesting and selling honey the participants are able to generate an alternative income to support their families. HIVE Uganda wants to help marginalized people with disabilities in rural communitiesto become great entrepreneurs to enhance their livelihood and independence through training on bee keeping and marketing of honey products. We are building inclusive leaders one hive at a time!
Are you interested in becoming a beekeeper, too? Do you live in a rural community in Northern Uganda and have a visual impairment? Or maybe one of your family members is blind or has a visual impairment and would like to learn about beekeeping? Then get in touch with us and sign up for the next training in September 2018 to become a great entrepreneur! Send an email to email@example.com to participate in the next training. HIVE Uganda is building inclusive leaders one hive at a time.
Food is not equally available for everybody in Uganda. HIVE Uganda wants to improve the situation and support the food security in collaboration with the garden project. In early July 2018 the organization had 4.5 acres of land cleared and planted 120 kg of beans on the field. The beans that will grow on this plantation will be distributed between the blind beekeepers. Along with 20 kg of beans the beneficiaries will participate in a training on organic manure. HIVE Uganda encourages them to plant the provided beans in order to start their own organic garden, grow beans and feed their families.
You are already an experienced beekeeper in Uganda and you would like to share your knowledge? We are looking for other beekeepers in the country to learn from one another! HIVE Uganda wants start to do exchange visits with other beekeepers within Uganda to talk about beekeeping, the different practices, beehive management, pest control, bees waxs products and much more. We want to learn and thrive together! If you are interested in exchange visits with HIVE Uganda simply contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to hear from you.