Tanzania, in East Africa, has less than 20 confirmed cases to-date. However, in a country with limited health care and economic power the Covid-19 threat is very real. Moses lives in Arusha, the country’s third largest city with a population of over 400,000. Over 700,000 inhabitants when you include the surrounding area. The beehive project is in the surrounding area, outside of the Arusha National Park where elephant, buffalo, leopard and many varieties of plains game find protection.
Its in these border villages, skirting the Reserve, where the majority of the human wildlife conflicts occur. In the village of Lendoiya the elephants are being successfully kept out by beehive fences. This beehive project began mid-2019. To date Nikela has sponsored 56 beehives. Farmers are thrilled with the results. Not only are their crops thriving they enjoy harvesting honey. It’s a human wildlife conflict method that really works in this area.
It was on his last beehive maintenance run that Moses found the farmers worried about the spread of Covid-19. True to form Moses and his team figured out how to help.
Moses kicks in gear to help stop the spread of Covid-19
“Due to the ongoing Coronavirus, that’s also in Tanzania (affected only 13) currently. We decided to keep our farmers safe from the virus by providing them with water buckets designed for washing hands. These kind of buckets are all over Africa by now. Outside offices and shops in town and cities in Tanzania. The government insists on hand washing and cleanliness everywhere. So we bought “hand washing buckets” to help our farmers benefiting the beehive conservation project, keep them safe by making sure they wash their hands and stay safe from Corona virus.”