THE PROJECTWhilst our Kesho Leo Children’s Village in Arusha, Tanzania is already buzzing with activity, we are looking to establish profit-making initiatives that will eventually allow the project to become economically self-sustainable.
With your help we hope to set up a beekeeping operation, producing honey that can be sold on to the local community. All profits will be re-invested directly back into the Children’s Village.
To set up the project we will need to purchase hives, stands, catcher boxes, a smoker and protective suits with gloves. We also hope to fund training for two employees, provided by Beekeeping Tanzania Development Ltd, and a site survey from experts. As beekeeping is easily scalable, the more money raised, the more hives we will purchase.
We, foodwatershelter (fws), are a not-for-profit organisation that builds and runs eco-friendly children’s villages in developing countries. The Kesho Leo Children’s Village is our first project, and currently houses vulnerable women, their children and orphaned children. It is run by local management and supported by international volunteers. The village implements permaculture principles throughout including rainwater harvesting, organic farming, compost toilets and cooking facilities powered by our biogas digester. We also organised and ran a Permaculture Design Course in July 2012 (with additional courses to be run at least annually) which was attended by 29 participants from 6 different African nations.
We aim to give our residents and the surrounding community access to everything they need to lead a fulfilling life, including education, social welfare and health facilities.
For more info visit www.foodwatershelter.org.au
SPREADING THE WORD
Education is high on our list of priorities, being one of the most effective ways of empowering people to improve their own lives. We strongly believe in promoting positive environmental practices within our local community, and do so through eco- friendly living education on our shamba (farm). Here we give classes to community members about organic vegetable growing, permaculture design, composting, rainwater collection, and much more.
Bees and other natural pollinators are an essential component of natural systems and food production, providing pollination to plants and crops, which can lead to improved yields. Beekeeping and honey production will therefore be a great addition to the permaculture practices that are already being taught. Once up and running, our trained employees will invite members of the community to inspect the project, educating them about the advantages of beekeeping, and the possibility of it becoming an extra income generating activity for them as well.
We are all a-buzz with excitement about this project, and will appreciate any contribution, big or small, to help us get it off the ground!