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Sustainable beekeeping for resilient livelihoods
Making a difference worldwide
This Project involves improving the wellbeing and life-chances of 100 marginalised young people in the north of Ethiopia who have been encouraged by their families to leave home and join churches as religious students. These young students are called Ye'kolotemaris in Amharic. They live in extreme poverty, with insufficient food, clothes, and medication. Many are disabled and resort to begging for food. The government and mainstream development programmes totally overlook this group of people - they are ignored and marginalised. With this Project we are changing that.
We are teaching them beekeeping and helping to set up bee colonies at the schools. Beekeeping is appropriate because it relies on available natural resources, is relatively low-cost to start and whilst the young people are not allowed to engage in other forms of economic activity, beekeeping is permitted. With money from honey sales these young people are able buy food and medicine when needed, and no longer suffer from malnourishment. This Project represents an important first step in helping this group of vulnerable and neglected youngsters out of a life of chronic poverty.