Thirsty Soul Beekeeping Project

$2,559 of $18k goal

Raised by 16 people in 14 months
Ben Dunham  URBANA, OH

Thirsty Soul Beekeeping Project

Give and it will be given to you.  Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.  Luke 6:38

Our family of 13, will be moving to rural Jinotega, Nicaragua, in September of 2016.  We are in the process of selling our belongings and home.

Thirsty Soul’s mission (starting with thirteen Dunhams) is to serve the poorest of the poor in a widely forgotten part of the world.  The majority of the people in the area earn less than $1/day and have very little schooling or education.  Many live under tarps held up by sticks.  Children are prostituted for food and play in the dumps.  Human trafficking is on the rise.  Our goal is to come along side local churches and help free families from poverty through initiatives that support education, facilitate job creation, foster health, and cultivate changed lives.

We feel called to start up a Christian Bee School to help the poor and disabled to earn an income, to build relationships with the Nicaraguans.  You don’t need to know how to read or write to be a beekeeper; it just takes someone willing to learn.  We will teach people how to manage a hive, then provide a hive valued at $150. They will harvest and sell honey, then pay back the $150 loan, so that another trained person can be blessed with a startup hive.  We will also teach people, who cannot work with bees, how to build and sell bee equipment, or make natural products from the hives.  The beauty is that any donation is a gift that keeps on giving to people in need. 

What a great combination!  Sharing about Jesus, saving the bees and helping the poor and disabled climb out of poverty. 

We would love for you to prayerfully consider financially partnering with Thirsty Soul. We know that God will reveal the call to enough people to fund the school and more. He always amazes us. If you feel led to give, we would love to hear from you. 

Together, we can both be a small part of what God is doing to uplift the community in Jinotega, Nicaragua.  God has blessed us with so much in the United States.  We challenge you to give to the forgotten people of the world and see what amazing blessings the Lord gives back.  If one life is changed, the future is changed.  Thank you in advance for giving to the Lord and His work in Nicaragua.

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Update 8
Posted by Ben Dunham
4 months ago
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Quick update.. We are getting ready to split the 24 hives that we bought 2 weeks ago. For those of you who don't know what that means, let me explain. We will take around half of the bees and leave them with the old queen. We will take the other half and put them in new boxes. They will realize that they do not have a queen and make a new one. The old queen will continue doing what she had been, and the new queen will start leading her hive when she emerges. We will make two complete hives out of one. Today we will pick up the new hive components necessary for the split. Thank you for your continued support throughout the process. We can't wait to show you pictures of the people being blessed by your kindness. Stay tuned.
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Update 7
Posted by Ben Dunham
5 months ago
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Well, we are so excited to continue our work with the beautiful people of Nicaragua and the amazing africanized bees... Checked out some bees to buy as our breeding stock today. We will purchase them this week and start dividing them in a month. You will see a happy lady in the picture selling us some of her colonies. We will be happy when we deliver them to their new home close to us in Matagalpa.
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Update 6
Posted by Ben Dunham
8 months ago
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OK, more updates!! We are about 60 days out from our departure!! Can you say "Nervous Excitement"??? It would be great to hit our goal in the next 60 days to be able to have a huge impact on the lives of the people we touch in Nicaragua. I can't wait to continue working the africanized bees in Nicaragua. Can we "dig in" to see how close we can get to the goal of $8000!!!
Working some NUCs in Nicaragua
Working Stingless Bees in Nicaragua!
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Update 5
Posted by Ben Dunham
10 months ago
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Just got back from another short trip to Nicaragua taking more beekeeping supplies down. We were able to look at some properties, and found a really nice property right on the edge of town. It would make a great place to have bee school and build equipment, and there is enough room to keep bees. However, the property is priced at $90,000 which is about $87,000 more than what we have. It is also difficult for foreigners to get loans for property.

I have included a couple pictures of two pastors we worked with while we were there, who want to start bee cooperatives in their churches. They will make great additions to the cooperatives that we are already working with. Also pictured is Jose, our resident Jinotega bee expert. We can't wait to get to Jinotega with a lot more time to cultivate more beekeepers. We also have plans to train developmentally delayed people in Jinotega how to assemble bee equipment to sell to the future beekeepers. Thank you so much to the generous people who understand what it means to give opportunity to people they may never actually meet simply born into a different situation than them. I can assure you that the smiles and hugs from the Nicaraguans you have helped are humbling.
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$2,559 of $18k goal

Raised by 16 people in 14 months
Created January 8, 2016
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