Who are Bees Abroad and What do They do?

Bees Abroad are a registered Charity based in Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, UK. Bees Abroad recently celebrated their 21st anniversary on 18th April 2020.

Bees Abroad provide equipment, field support, marketing and business skills, training, etc. to help projects create their own beekeeping enterprises in their community. This is delivered free of charge, in areas where it can be difficult to receive such support.

The charity consists of a global community of volunteers which actively work to relieve poverty through beekeeping with indigenous bees to the local area of the project. Participants in Bees Abroad projects enhance their income and quality of life through beekeeping, which also has significant environmental benefits in their local area.

Hive splitting in Sierra Leone

Hive splitting in Sierra Leone

All projects use hives which are suited to the local climatic conditions of the project. Bees Abroad currently has live projects in the following countries (supplied in alphabetical order):

  • Africa – Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia
  • Asia – India and Nepal
Inspecting a frame in India

Inspecting a frame in India

What does the Bees Abroad partnership involve?

Bazar – The Ethical Marketplace App pledges to donate 1% of our sales commission revenue to our environmental programmes, which help bees, trees and seas. Bazar is delighted to partner with Bees Abroad as our “bees” partner. This follows our previous announcement of One Tree Planted as our “trees” partner.

What Bee Related Products are there?

Honey is just one of the products produced by bees

Honey is just one of the products produced by bees

We see bees mainly in our gardens and walking in parks, but many would be surprised by the wide-wide-number of organically produced products made by bees, which include:

  • Beeswax – is used in health such as hand cream, lip balm/gloss, moisturisers, salves. Beeswax is also used in cosmetics such as blush, eyeliner and eye shadow. It is also invaluable as a moustache wax and also in hair pomades.
  • Honey – a popular grocery item, eaten on its own and also used as a sweetening ingredient in various foods. Honey is also said to boost the memory and is said to be beneficial for fertility as well as treating cancer, diabetes, haemorrhoids, ulcers and in wound treatment, where honey is invaluable as a salve in healing burns and preventing infection
  • Pollen – bee pollen has many health qualities including as a dietary supplement. Bee pollen is a natural antioxidant, which boosts the immune system, reduces inflammation and speeds up healing, which is also a menopause treatment and is known to help reduce stress
  • Propolis – has many health qualities including as an anti-inflammatory agent and for its antioxidant qualities. Propolis is used for cold sore treatment, minor burns treatment and also mouth rinsing after oral treatment as well as wound cleaning
  • Royal jelly – is often used as a dietary supplement. Also, royal jelly is used to treat insomnia and fatigue. Royal jelly is said to be effective in asthma and hay fever treatment as well as a myriad of other health benefits – there are just too many to list here!
  • Venom – is often used as an aid to help protect against the effects of bee stings. Also, bee venom can be used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, muscle conditions (such as enthesitis and fibromyositis), nerve pain, rheumatoid arthritis and tendonitis, etc.

Why did Bazar choose this partnership?

Bazar is delighted to have partnered with Bees Abroad for the numerous economic, environmental and social benefits which are delivered through the projects of Bees Abroad, we have summarised these below:

  • As Bees Abroad are a smaller charity, Bazar believe our contributions will have a more sizable impact and contribution to their work
  • Beekeeping related benefits for project participants:

o   Economic benefits

  • Relief from poverty – beekeeping is a feasible way to help impoverished communities to become self-sufficient and pays for items such as school fees and medicines
  • Income – products produced boost family incomes substantially (usually by around 20%)

o   Environmentally friendly and Sustainability benefits

  • Crop pollination – beekeeping aids crop pollination naturally (by up to 100%), which is an aid to biodiversity maintenance
  • Food security – bees will improve food security and help in the natural production of fruits, nuts and vegetable crops, etc.
  • Locally-sourced materials – Bees Abroad support the environment and local economy by sourcing project materials locally (this includes equipment, hives, protective clothing, etc.). Bees Abroad use only hive types suited to local climatic conditions and always work with indigenous bees
  • Poor land usage – beekeeping works even on poor land, which can’t be used for agricultural purposes
  • Reduces habitat destruction – local populations will destroy fewer habitats (e.g. forest areas) as they will have income from beekeeping
  • Sustainable – beekeeping is an ultimately sustainable initiative, which has many eco-friendly and income-related benefits to project participants

o   Medical and Social benefits

  • All ages – projects are suitable for all ages (apart from very young children). This includes school groups, youth and adults – including vulnerable adults (e.g. those with disabilities)
  • Gender-neutral – beekeeping is gender neutral and provides valuable work to men and women alike
  • Medical qualities – bee products have many medical qualities, which we have summarised in the section above
  • Schools – Bees Abroad regularly work with schools on projects

How Can I Learn more about Bees Abroad?

If you want to learn more about Bees Abroad, we would recommend visiting their website, which provides a mine of information – simply click https://beesabroad.org.uk/ to visit.

Bees Abroad also have social media links on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

If you would like to make a donation, visit: https://beesabroad.org.uk/make-a-donation/

Bees Abroad reached 21 years of age in 2020

Bees Abroad reached 21 years of age in 2020

The “What We Do” page is particularly informative and will give readers an overview of the activities of Bees Abroad.

How Can I Contact Bazar?

It’s very easy to contact Bazar to discuss any aspects of our partnership with Bees Abroad. Contact us via any of the methods below:


Image Credits: All images are courtesy of Bees Abroad.

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