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Support our Buzzworthy Cause: Establish BEEtopia

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Greetings, friends and fellow nature enthusiasts!



On the slopes of Mt. Meru in Tanzania it is buzzing. With a small team, Warren Steyn is establishing an utopia for bees. Warren has been a beekeeper all his life and is passionate about this project.

I myself, Kathrin Krausa, am an entomologist and study bees in Tanzania.

I am thrilled to introduce this initiative aimed at creating a bee-centered haven, a hub of education, training, and research. Bees play a vital role in our ecosystem, and it is our duty to protect and empower them.

I kindly invite you to join in this important mission by supporting our fundraising campaign to establish an utopia for bees: BEEtopia!

But, here is the BUZZ: at BEEtopia everything will be around STINGLESS AND SOLITARY BEES!

There are hundreds of different bee species in Tanzania providing vital services for ecosystems and humankind. In the shadow of one ubiquitous species, the honeybee, are prime pollinators: stingless bees as well as hundreds of solitary bee species. Stingless bees (Meliponini) are spread along the equatorial world. They produce honey and provide pollination services to an array of wild and cultivated crops. Meliponiculture is mostly practiced in the Neotropics, where stingless bee species diversity is the greatest. In Africa, meliponiculture is less established, mostly honey is hunted destructively rather than harvested in a sustainable manner. Yet, stingless bee honey is widely appreciated for its nutraceutical and medicinal value, and rightfully so. On the slopes of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, stingless bee colonies can often be found attached to houses and serve as a first aid box. This honey is known as medicine. Extraction of honey for the means of a first aid measure is mostly done without sophisticated knowledge of meliponiculture. Only a few engage on another level and have dozens to hundreds of colonies that are managed sustainably. Expanding sustainable methods of colony propagation and harvesting have great potential to contribute to health and increase the livelihoods of people through sales of honey and pollinated crops.

At BEEtopia, the mission is threefold: to educate the local and global citizenry about the significance of bees, to provide hands-on training in beekeeping practices, and to conduct cutting-edge research to safeguard these essential pollinators. This project will give riveting insights into the lives of bees. Raising awareness around their existence and diversity increases the chance to fight their declines, pollination deficits and food insecurities. Humankind is not helpless in the face of these challenges but can take simple steps to encourage bees to counter their decline.

BEEtopia will create educational experiences that inspire and empower people from all backgrounds to make a positive change. The center will be open to scientists, students, local communities, and the national and global citizenry. It will lead to people valuing and nurturing bees and their natural environment. The project will center around an ever-important agricultural area, bordering the Arusha National Park, encouraging diversity and subsistence, yet having a global impact.

Education: Education is the cornerstone of the project. Through workshops, seminars, and educational programs, BEEtopia aims to raise awareness about the crucial role bees play in our food production and ecosystem health. By engaging children, students, and the wider community, as well as tourists, BEEtopia hopes to foster a deep understanding and appreciation for the value of bees in our daily lives.

Training: To encourage beekeeping as a sustainable hobby or profession, BEEtopia will offer comprehensive training programs. These hands-on sessions will equip aspiring beekeepers with the necessary skills and knowledge to establish and manage their own hives safely and ethically. By empowering individuals to become beekeepers, a network of dedicated bee enthusiasts who will contribute to bee conservation efforts will be created.

Research: BEEtopia will be a hub for groundbreaking scientific studies. Our dedicated team of researchers will investigate the challenges faced by bees, such as habitat loss, climate change, and diseases. By conducting research and collaborating with experts, BEEtopia aims to develop innovative solutions to protect and preserve bee populations for future generations.

Funding Goal: To turn this vision into reality, BEEtopia needs your support! The fundraising goal is set at $20,000, which will be allocated towards the following:

1. Constructing a purpose-built facility to house BEEtopia.
2. Procuring essential equipment and tools for educational workshops and beekeeping training sessions.
3. Conducting initial research projects to kickstart efforts in understanding and addressing bee-related challenges.
4. Developing educational materials, including brochures, books, and online resources, to support outreach activities.


Every dollar you contribute will bring us closer to achieving our goals and securing a thriving future for bees and our environment.

Join the Cause: We firmly believe that through collective action, we can make a lasting impact on the world around us. Your generous contribution, no matter the size, will make a difference. By supporting our fundraising campaign, you become an essential partner in our mission to establish an Utopia for bees!

Spread the Buzz: Apart from your kind donation, you can support us by spreading the word about our campaign. Share our GoFundMe page on your social media platforms, tell your friends and family, and help us reach a wider audience passionate about environmental conservation and bee welfare.

https://gofund.me/5499ca96Together,

We can create a brighter future for bees, foster a love for nature, and ensure the sustainability of our planet.

Thank you for your support! Asante sana!

Note: We will provide regular updates on our progress and achievements, so you can witness the impact of your contribution firsthand.  
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Donations 

  • Anonymous
    • €20 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous
    • €5 
    • 6 mos
  • Anonymous
    • €10 
    • 6 mos
  • Kathrin Krausa
    • €5 
    • 6 mos
  • Felix Hager
    • €100 
    • 11 mos
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