We are Bees & Refugees. We are raising money for a mobile beekeeping van that will introduce beekeeping as a craft & therapy to vulnerable communities in the UK, and refugee camps in France and Greece.
Our founder Ali, originally from Syria, arrived in the UK as a refugee in 2014, escaping the brutality and destruction caused by the Syrian government. Inspired by his grandfather, a farmer and beekeeper, Ali began keeping bees in London to help with his own mental health. This helped Ali overcome depression, anxiety, and PTSD symptoms, and so he decided to use beekeeping to support others who face similar challenges. Ali is trained in British beekeeping methods, with a focus on organic and natural beekeeping methods.
We need your help to reach and support vulnerable communities, we are raising funds for a van that will:
1. Offer mobile beekeeping workshops with a built-in observation hive
2. Join farmers markets and sell our products from the van commercial window (these funds will be directed back into providing free beekeeping workshops to those who need it most)
3. Visit Refugee camps in France and Greece
4. Assist as an RV to sleep in during farm visits
The design for our van is ready! We now need your help to raise £20K to buy and adapt the van into a mobile and self-sustaining beekeeping workshop.
Why we believe beekeeping can help?
Beekeeping is an ancient skill with therapeutic and environmental benefits.
For refugees – Beekeeping provides; a purpose and meaningful pursuit, a connection to social circles, businesses, and local communities, and improves mental health.
For bees – Due to farming practices with pesticides and herbicides many bees are endangered. Ethical beekeeping plays an important role in maintaining their health and ensuring their survival.
For local communities – Beekeeping benefits local biodiversity, supports the integration of refugees into local communities, teaches people about the importance of nature and ethical beekeeping brings community cohesion, and offers local raw honey.
Other ways you can support:
Thank you so much for being interested in our project. If you can’t donate financially, you can also greatly support us by spreading the word. Or perhaps you have a second-hand van you would like to donate!
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