Support People and Bees in Ethiopia

Since 2012 our Beekeeping Centre in Ethiopia has trained 390 women and men to help them keep bees as a family business. We are now raising funds to expand this work.

Help alleviate poverty in Ethiopia by supporting our charity campaign. 

When families don't earn enough their children are sent out to work instead of to school. Please donate what you can to help us reach more people and to keep children in school - through beekeeping.

In 2015 we aim to train 150 families and 4 youth groups in beekeeping. We will introduce beekeeping skills to the poorest families who have little land. The bees will feed on flowers growing on other people's land!


Newly trained beekeepers enjoyed an excellent honey harvest in December. The market for honey and beeswax is growing in Ethiopia and selling is profitable. A little is saved a tasty treat for the family.


 Thank you for helping People and Bees in Ethiopia.

How your donation helps

£5 helps a youth group in Ethiopia to raise trees to provide nectar and pollen for their bees

£20 pays for a new beekeeper to attend a training course on hive-making

£50 pays for the resources for a trainer to do their job

£200 supports one person during the two years it takes to become a successful and profitable beekeeper

£350 helps a community to access equipment and resources needed to increase honey yields



Images by Bees for Development Ethiopia 2014


Bee Garden Party in Marlborough House Gardens on July 1st

We are pleased to announce that we raised a fantastic £28,000 for the work of Bees for Development.  This makes the Bee Garden Party the largest and most successful event that we have ever organised, thanks to our marvellous supporters and volunteers, Patrons and Trustees. 

With this generous support we will be able to help many families and individuals in the world’s poorest countries to practise simple and profitable beekeeping.  The funds raised at The Bee Garden Party will be used for training work in North West Ethiopia.  Beekeeping helps the people there to meet essential daily needs, provides a brighter future with secured income, while all the time safeguarding their precious local bee populations and environment.

In particular we thank Trust Patrons Martha Kearney for her committed involvement in organising and hosting the event, and Bill Turnbull for his superlative auctioneering skills - raising thousands of pounds.  The Vodafone Foundation, Rowse Honey and E H Thorne (Beehives) Ltd provided major sponsorship, while many generous individuals and companies provided super prizes for the night.  Sincere thanks to everyone involved.

Raising Funds

Help raise funds for Bees for Development Trust by organising your own fundraising event! The Trust gratefully receives donations every year from groups and individuals who raise funds in many different ways, from running a marathon to appearing on Ready, Steady, Cook!

Ways to help raise money:

  • give a talk to your local beekeeping group
  • organise an event, raffle or tombola
  • sell your stuff or buy from others on eBay for Charity
  • get sponsored to run, cycle, jump out of an aeroplane or just stay silent for the day!

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