Support Bees for Development this Christmas

Dear Beekeepers

It’s Christmas present time. But what about a present for the bees? They need all the help we can give just now. What’s more, your present could double in value! Read on…

Bees for Development Trust is taking part in this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge. 5th – 9th December 2011.

For one week only, online donations to Bees for Development Trust’s Honey Bees in Africa project will be DOUBLED by the Big Give! Make an online donation during the week 5th-9th December 2011 and that donation could be worth twice as much.

Donate here!

Bees for Development Trust promotes simple, sustainable beekeeping, assisting people living in poor and remote areas of the world to produce honey and beeswax, conserve local biodiversity and keep bees healthy for the future.

What will the Honey Bees in Africa project do?

Sound advice is the best help for beekeepers in Africa to raise their incomes. Selling honey, beeswax, and products like candles and cosmetic creams can be a great earner for poor families – if they have the information they need to produce and market these products.

Bees in Africa are healthier than in most parts of the world. They produce high-value honey and other products as well as pollinating the food and cash crops that farming households depend on. But these advantages are not well understood and so honey bees are not appreciated, protected or used as much as they could be.

Bees for Development Trust will establish Centres of Excellence in African countries, building local skills in training, accreditation and research, and improving the advice available to beekeepers. Beekeepers know that bees depend on local forests and flowers for food, so they become excellent guardians of their local environment too.

But to make this happen we need to raise online donations between 5th and 9th December 2011. If we reach our target of £10,000 in time, the Big Give will double the value of all donations. With this we can make our project work and make a real difference to beekeepers and their families.

Can you help us? If you have ever considered helping Honey Bees in Africa, now is the time to do it.

Donate here from 10 a.m. on 5th December.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

To find out more about the work of Bees for Development visit

To find out more about the Big Give Christmas Challenge visit

A very Merry Christmas to you and your bees!

Elaine Spencer
Bees for Development Trust
Reg.Charity No.1077803