“The Elephants are Coming!”
Imagine you’re a woman farmer. You’ve spent weeks tilling, planting, weeding and watering by hand with your children. Then you get word of a herd of elephants recently destroying your neighbors crops. Are they going to spare yours?
You think you’re fine. There’s been no sign of the elephants for a few days. Then, shortly before harvest three elephants come calling. You want to run and chase them away. But you know better. All you can do is watch from a distance…
When the elephants finally leave only a few stalks remain. What are you to do for food now?
Enter Tumaini and Ester
This happened to Tumaini and Esther. They are two neighboring women farmers in Northern Tanzania. Their small crop fields border the Arusha National Park, home to elephants and other wild animals. Word got to them that in their village many farms were spared from elephant invasions this year.
Mr. Elidaima Wella was heard to say:
“We actually didn’t believe that bees could make such a big difference chasing away almost 50+ elephants and bringing the number down to zero. We now harvest our food crops in large amounts and live in harmony with elephants.”
Bees? Beehives? They wanted in. They wanted to protect their crops. They wanted to live in harmony with the elephants.
Moses and the Beehive Project
Ester and Tumaini reached out to Moses Ryakitimbo. You see, Moses was the one who’d found this ‘bee solution’. Moses lives in Arusha, the third largest city in Tanzania. Moses cares for elephants. He has spent much time researching the challenging human wildlife conflict issues between farmers and these huge pachyderms.
In early 2019 Moses approached us at Nikela to fund his first beehive project. This pilot project with only 10 beehives proved most successful. Where elephants once traveled right through farm fields they rerouted. It was rather astounding that a simple short beehive fence could actually detour an entire herd of 50 elephants!
Over the past two and a half years Nikela sponsored 100 beehives that Moses and his team installed. Where once elephants entered farm fields now the maize stands tall and the bananas are ready to harvest.
From one of the farmers, Elder Balozi:
“At my old age, I thank God to have seen this miracle of bees protecting our farm’s from elephants.”
18 Beehives for Tumaini and Ester
Tumaini and Esther need 18 beehives to protect their newly planted farm crops. Because elephants don’t forget they’ll be back, and they’ll be back soon.
Within the next few weeks these beehives must be in place. You can help keep the elephants out by sponsoring a beehive or contributing what you can today.
Why Paige donated:
“My mother, Margie, recently passed away… I wanted to do some good in her name.”
Why Andreas funded a beehive:
“I wanted to name a beehive after my baby boy, Johann, hoping to help save elephants for him to see one day.”
To support Tumaini and Ester you can sponsor one, two or more beehives.
Each beehive costs $109.50. This covers the wood and materials needed to construct the hive, the transportation costs from the lumber yard, to the construction site and then to the field. It also covers the poles and wire needed to install the beehives. Almost forgot, it also pays the labor expenses for construction and installation.
When you fund a beehive, you can request your name or the name of someone you care about, be painted on it.
Libby celebrated her best friend with a beehive.
Pawan donated a beehive in lieu of a gift to his two nephews.
Now it’s your turn.
Let’s keep a few elephants out of trouble.
And, let’s help Tumaini and Ester feed their families.
Prefer to donate the old-fashioned way? By mail?
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Nikela helps those protecting and preserving endangered African wildlife species.