IBRA BeeWorld Project - Guatemala

Yesterday I received an email from one of my lovely clients about on an on-going project that we've been working on for some time. Although this time, rather a list of amends or a new page to add I had a rather different file in my inbox. I received this simple photo:

This may not look like much but this really made me smile. This little boy is in Guatemala is happily filling in one page from the IBRA BeeWorld Project Education Pack that I spent countless hours and late nights working on.

All of that time converting block coloured flowers and bees into tiny little outlines for that one colouring page, all made worth it just by seeing these happy children. However, the BeeWorld Project isn't just about colouring in and drawing bee's. It's a lot more than that. It's about teaching the next generation about bee's, bee keeping, and conservation of bee's and their habitats. This is a little snapshot of some of the children in Guatemala who are taking part in Proyecto Santa Tomas.

Proyecto Santo Tomas
Located in: Guatemala 
"Proyecto Santo Tomas (PST) was founded by community member Nelson Morales, who has a big heart for his small pueblo and for the natural environment. In addition to a tree nursery he founded to reforest the hillsides, an after-school PE program for local children, and a small library he runs out of his house, Nelson took it upon himself to save the disappearing honey bees of Guatemala. With nothing but his own resourcefulness, Nelson founded a refuge in his backyard and began taking in unwanted bee colonies that would otherwise have been burned or cut down. He taught himself to care for the hives, and to responsibly harvest honey. He began a number of educational outreach initiatives in local schools and with farmer’s cooperatives to teach the community about the vital importance of honey bees to local agriculture and to the ecosystem overall. He visits neighbors to teach them to care for hives on their property and hosts community events to share his delicious organic honey and teach about bee conservation. Now with some support from a local social business, Soluciones Comunitarias, and IBRA, the movement is starting to take hold in the community. The project is small, but poco a poco, we hope will make a great difference for the honey bees of Huehuetenango, Guatemala!"

The BeeWorld Project is in two parts. There is the education pack, which is primarily aimed at children. It covers a wide range of ages and has something for everyone. There are simple matching activities, arty makes, word searches and even dances to learn. And then on the other hand there are pages full of information such as the different types of bee's, how honey is made and a full glossary of need to know terms.

If you work with children and would like to download a copy of the education pack then you can pop over here: www.ibrabeeworldproject.com and choose whether you would like the English, Welsh or Australian version of the pack.

Other than schools, the IBRA BeeWorld Project team are working with communities in the UK and internationally to gain a better knowledge of beekeeping and suitable habitats. They value all species of bee and their current programs are helping to educate the next generation, support bee conservation and habitats, promote global sustainability and are helping research scientists in developing countries get their voices heard.

If you would like more information on anything to do with the BeeWorld Project please pop over to the BeeWorld website. It's a wealth of information of how you can take part, donate or even have a look on the interactive map to see how other countries have got involved.

I look forward to seeing more updates like this popping into my inbox and thanks to IBRA for letting me share this with you all.

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