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Bees & Refugees… what’s it all about? 


Why bees?

Beekeeping is a skill that is growing in popularity. Beekeeping is physical, outdoors, therapeutic, benefits the biodiversity of Britain, and has a long term social benefit to all. 

For refugees, beekeeping brings; connection to the new physical environment, a purpose and meaningful pursuit which is caring and fulfilling, a connection to social circles, businesses and local communities, and improves mental health.

For local communities beekeeping brings; benefits to the biodiversity of Britain, supports the integration of refugees into local communities, teaches people about the importance of nature and brings community cohesion & offers local raw honey to local communities.


What’s the plan?

Bees & Refugees will offer local refugees training in beekeeping, queen rearing, and hive making.

Bees & Refugees are partnered with Mosaic Initiative, a London based charity providing support to refugees since 2011. In addition, Ali is coordinating with different organisations such as the Young Refugee Service at the Red Cross. 


To find out more about the Mosaic Initiatives work see > https://mosaicinitiative.org.uk/ 

A great article about our initiative https://www.positive.news/environment/the-refugees-reviving-the-uk-black-bee/

An article written by H&F council about our initiative  https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/articles/news/2020/04/refugees-buzzing-bring-bees-and-honey-hf?fbclid=IwAR2EwXgZq4qPscdS7aFRkFCs85eY2McbK2MUBorok5NPsXJpvFPBl7MfrSI



Who is Ali Alzein?

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Living in the dense city of London can be an overwhelming experience for refugees, and this is true for Ali who was separated from his family, Syrian homeland, societal connections and connection to nature.

From a young age Ali has spent time around beehives. Ali returned to beekeeping when he arrived in London, and found it to be therapeutic. It helped him overcome depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms. He is passionate about introducing beekeeping to other refugees, to help them feel a sense of place and purpose in a new community. He is trained in British beekeeping methods, with a focus on organic and natural beekeeping methods. 


How will the funds be used?

The end goal is to establish revenue streams so that the project can become self-sustaining, but we need help setting up and running.

Thanks to H&F council and couple of generous donors we were able to set up twenty beehives across London, but we need funding to organise beekeeping workshops to refugees, buy beekeeping equipment/packaging, design a website and help running the initiative specially after we lost all our possible revenue streams because of Covid-19.

breakdown of funds

Workshops cost & learning material £5000
Secondhand van £5,000 -if someone is happy to donate an old van/vehicle please get in touch with us on [email redacted] -
Website design £2000
Packaging and storage £3000




Total amount: £15,000


Future plans:


Phase 2 - Building revenue streams and project expansion

We will provide apiary management on behalf of businesses and companies interested in boosting their corporate social responsibility (CSR) credentials by supporting a social enterprise that is also providing benefit to the environment and local area.

We will sell our local raw and ethically produced honey alongside other bee products - We will never take more honey than the bees can afford to lose-

We are in talks with Hammersmith Council to set up and run some school programs that will involve some basic bee education, as well as installing some bee and bug hotels. We already have established three beehives in Hammersmith Academy where we are planing to educate students on the importance of pollinators and how to support them.


Phase 3 - a permanent community space

Our long term goal is starting a community farm where we can hold all our workshops, have a space to build hives, and sell B&R products, we also hope to establish apiaries around refugee camps in Greece, Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan where refugees needs support the most.


Helping support biodiversity and the environment in Central London

The native British black bee was the dominant honeybee in the UK until about 100 years ago when they were nearly wiped out by parasites and disease brought in by imported bees. The native population crashed and were replaced by imported European bees.

Black honeybees are a hardy, resilient bee that can adapt to our changeable and unpredictable climate, and thrive in all kinds of weather. We want to rebuild our wild populations of native honeybees, as well as encourage new beekeepers to choose native bees for their hives rather than keeping imported bees. Black honeybees are just as important as our native bumblebees, solitary bees, and other pollinating insects vital to the maintenance of our ecosystems.

It is important when introducing hives into urban areas to ensure there are enough food sources for the increasing bee population. We will be organising planting initiatives, as well as frequent installation of solitary bee nesting habitats to aid the wild bees. Hammersmith Council is planning to make Hammersmith a bee friendly borough by increasing bee-friendly garden areas, as well as reducing the use of pesticides.

By supporting this project you are directly helping the biodiversity of Britain so we never lose these critical elements of the fragile environmental balance.


Quote of support

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” You've probably seen this quote, usually attributed to Albert Einstein.


Thank you so much for being interested in our project. If you can’t donate financially, we would appreciate it if you could spread the word, or if you know anyone who might like to offer their garden as a hive location.

Donations

  • Andrea Loftus 
    • £10 
    • 4 d
  • Robert Grosvenor 
    • £50 
    • 6 d
  • Kate Giff 
    • £5 
    • 7 d
  • Wolfgang Buttress  
    • £100 
    • 12 d
  • ANNA WINDSOR 
    • £5 
    • 16 d
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Fundraising team: Shahd Hammouri (2)

Ali Alzein 
Organizer
Raised £840 from 31 donations
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Shahd Hammouri 
Team member
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