You can’t wear a mask once and feel you’ve protected yourself against Covid-19. You need to wear that mask every time you go out to the grocery. Similarly wildlife conservation can’t survive when we make just one donation. Of course, one-time donations are super welcome, much appreciated and helpful. However, they can’t sustain wildlife conservation.
By sponsoring beehives folk like you have helped Moses create beehive fences with 56 beehives. These fences along the perimeter of the Arusha National Game Reserve are significantly reducing human wildlife conflict. Thanks to caring people like you elephants, buffalo and other unwanted wildlife is staying out of farm crops. This saves much needed maize and other vegetables for the local villagers of Lendoiya. It keeps farmers from spearing and killing elephants. It keeps elephants from trampling farmers and their children.
However it doesn’t end here. The beehives, bees and the poles need ongoing maintenance to assure they continue functioning as intended. Like Covid-19, it is constantly with us and we must be diligent in protecting ourselves from this deadly virus. So it is with the beehive fences, for the beehives to host healthy bees regular attention is needed. The poles supporting each hive must be painted. If they are unpainted insects will not only eat the wood but invade the beehives. The ever growing grass and weeds must be cleared and most importantly, the honey needs to be harvested.
The honey provides a marvelous bonus for the farmers. Not only can their families enjoy a delicious treat but it can be sold along with their vegetables.
For as little as $350 a month we can help Moses and his team maintain the beehives. Not only that, since the advent of Covid-19 Moses is providing hand wash buckets to his farmers. You guessed it, in these remote rural villages there is no running water. A hand wash station for easy hand washing helps keep the farmers and their families protected from Covid-19.
Just like this unwanted pandemic requires constant vigilance so do the beehive fences. Without this upkeep the bees will not do their job in keeping the elephants from marauding the farm fields. And, if they do return so will the loss of lives… both elephant and human.