WE DID IT! – raised the £2,830 needed for phase 1 of the Batwa Project in just over 12 months.
The Batwa Project was the District 6 international charity for 2016/17 and an enormous thank you goes to everyone who helped in any way to chieve our fundraising target. The Bees Abroad Batwa Project will be the District International charity for District 6 again this year, so watch this space to see how we can continue to help the Batwa.
Over 150 members thorougly enjoyed Afternoon Tea and a fascinating presentation at the recent International Service Rally. The main speaker was Richard Ridler from Bees Abroad, a charity which sets up beekeeping enterprises in areas of extreme poverty. District 6 is supporting a specific project to provide materials, training and equipment to a Batwa tribe on the Ugandan Border and enjoyed seeing pictures of how the project is progressing.
The International Service Committee ran a very successful Stall at the District Meeting, raising money in support of the Batwa bees project.
This will be followed up with a stall at the market in Stratford upon Avon on 28th April, an opportunity to buy some lovely goods and raise money for a worthwhile cause.
Our International Service Chairman Sandra has selected Bees Abroad as the International Charity for District 6.
Bees Abroad are a small UK-registered charity seeking to reduce poverty through beekeeping. Volunteer Project Managers assess and support beekeeping projects in developing countries worldwide. They use their expertise, working in the local community group to develop a viable project using indigenous bees and techniques appropriate for each location. Bees Abroad projects are normally self-sustaining after five years and no longer dependent on external finance and mentoring.
The project District 6 is sponsoring will support groups of Batwa pigmies living in extreme poverty who have been evicted from their ancestral forest homeland. They desperately need the income that beekeeping can provide to improve their circumstances.
The Batwa tribe were evicted from the Bwindi Impenetrable rainforest in 1980 to protect one of the only two remaining populations of mountain gorillas in the world. Until their eviction this tribe of pygmies had lived as hunter gatherers largely untouched the modern world. Amongst other things they used to hunt for and gather honey from bees in the forest. The Ugandan government provided no land or support following the eviction.
The project is expected to last some two to three years and the budget is £2,830. There is ample opportunity to extend the project once the first stages are completed successfully.
Sandra is sure all District 6 members will give their time, energy and commitment to improve the lives of the Batwa people. So let’s get busy…….
District Chairman Pamela has selected Burnaid and Dogs for Good as her Charities for the year.
The District 6 International Charity is Bees Abroad.
The National President, Liz Thomas, has chosen Children's Hospices for her charity.
The International President, Dr Kapila,
has chosen 'Leave a Lasting Legacy' as her theme.