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Improving Honduran Lives through Beekeeping

BEE A Life-Changer

Growing up as “the beekeeper’s daughter,” honeybees have always played a central role in my life. From summer days spent extracting honey as a young girl, to establishing my own hives 1,700 miles from home during my college years, to raising queen bees for my family’s apiary post-graduation, much of my life has been fixated around beekeeping. For myself and my family it has been a means of income, a world of exploration, and a passion to pursue.

Yet, as important of a role as beekeeping has played in my own life, I was surprised to recently discover just how life-giving it can be to many impoverished families worldwide.

World Renew—a non-profit organization committed to long-term world and community renewal— has sought to transform impoverished communities in Honduras since 1974. In this agriculturally-dependent society that is often tormented by unpredictable rains, the resulting failed corn and bean crops hinder many rural farmers from providing for their families. However, for over a decade, the individuals of these small Honduran towns have dreamed of sustaining their livelihoods by starting their own beekeeping operations. Now these small communities are reaching out to World Renew and asking for their help to learn sustainable beekeeping practices.

I have seen first-hand how World Renew has successfully used local resources and teachers to help other impoverished communities (such as in Tanzania and Uganda) create sustainable beekeeping operations. Such efforts have allowed needy farmers to take pride in independently providing for their own families. For this reason I passionately believe that beekeeping can change the lives of these impoverished families in Honduras as well! Furthermore, I am convinced that together with the help of others, like you, who share my passion for beekeeping, that we can help these small Honduran communities become a success story of renewed livelihood and sustained well-being.

Together we will:
• Train and equip 18 families in 3 communities to start beekeeping micro-enterprises
• Help Honduran beekeeping professionals provide intensive training on hive management
• Offer 3 years of technical assistance and coaching to these beekeepers
• Benefit an estimated 90 people from the additional income and improved livelihoods
• Provide unique opportunities for the women of these communities to generate income
• Encourage beneficiaries of this project to establish a new hive and pay-it-forward to a new producer

Therefore, as one member of the worldwide beekeeping community to another, I am reaching out and asking you to help World Renew continue to use OUR shared passion for beekeeping to bring life to Honduras as well. I strongly encourage you to pray for this community in Honduras and to thoughtfully consider supporting World Renew’s beekeeping efforts there with a financial gift. If together we raise just $14,300 we can use beekeeping to bring new life to these small communities.

Your gift not only speaks of your passion for honey bees, but also helps change the stories of impoverished families worldwide. Thank you for BEEing a life-changer!

Your fellow beekeeper,

Mariellen Hofland
World Renew Volunteer

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$700
raised of $14,300 goal
 

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Giving back to the Good Lord.
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Thanks for being a beekeeping volunteer!
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Hope you generate a lot of "Buzz" with your effort to help in Honduras!
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Please join with me in BEEing a life-changer!