The AHB beekeeping programme focuses on more than just skills development and job opportunities – our holistic approach empowers families with the self-confidence and sense of hope that can ultimately build a viable, self-sustaining future free of ongoing grant or donor funding.
To achieve this mission and help break the cycle of poverty among the poorest South Africa communities, does, however, require some simple but life-sustaining catalysts to set up our beekeeping families with the health and nutrition – and viable cash flows – to build a sustainable honey-based micro-business.
Research has shown that if children up to 5-years-old can get a balanced diet of an egg, a green vegetable, and a red vegetable in addition to their staple diet of pap, they have a 60% better chance of developing mentally and physically and breaking the cycle of poverty they are in.
This is why AHB is committed to ensuring that besides the knowledge transfer that takes place, every one of our bee-keeping households receives the materials they need to build a hive, together with day-old chicks and chicken feed, vegetable seeds, and a young fruit tree. It is why our Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach equips communities to make hives from scrap, tower gardens for vegetables which can be watered using grey water, and to build a chicken coop from freely available found resources in order to produce eggs and chicken protein more efficiently.
You can purchase vegetable seeds for an AHB beekeeper – creating a sustainable source of nutrition for their dependents, and breaking the cycle of rural poverty.
You can purchase one fruit tree sapling for an AHB beekeeper – helping them access better nutrition and health for their family, and breaking the cycle of rural poverty.
You can purchase 10 day-old chickens and chicken feed for an AHB beekeeper – helping improve their children’s health and performance in school, and breaking the cycle of rural poverty.
You can purchase a Flatpack bee hive for an AHB beekeeper – making them more productive and environmentally-friendly, and breaking the cycle of rural poverty.
Audited, authentic and accountable
All contributions made to AHB’s work in giving the poorest of the poor a new sense of hope and the potential for a sweeter tomorrow through a viable, self-sustaining beekeeping business are independently audited. A Board of Trustees provides oversight on all AHB’s operations and ensures the highest levels of probity in line with our mission of ensuring African Honey Bee is first and foremost a Christian Social Enterprise operating according to strong Biblical principles.
Beneficiaries of your gifts do not simply receive a gift, they need to prove their commitment first. A beekeeper only receives a Flatpack once they have successfully completed Level 1 of the training and effectively made a veil, gloves, smoker and hive tool from old t-shirts, jeans, hats, kitchen curtains, paint tins and wire - discarded material they manage to find around their homes. Beekeepers who complete Level 4 and successfully build chicken coops or tower gardens, receive starter kits for super-efficient chicken, or water-wise vegetable farming.
Thank you for considering making a difference and giving a rural family a once-off hand up, rather than a long-term hand out.