The Bee Campaign
On 1st November the Nuevas Esperanzas family will be celebrating its 12th birthday and as it is now something of a tradition for us, we would love you to join us in celebrating. This year we would like to invite you to be part of one our most promising projects: beekeeping. The foundations for this project have been successfully laid but there is still huge potential to be expanded on. We need your support to continue this work which is helping to alleviate poverty in the remote communities on the slopes of the Telica volcano where we work.
Families living on the slopes of the Telica volcano face daily challenges to make a living from their land. Here people do not go out to work in a school or office to earn the money they need to support themselves, they live off the land and that means big challenges. Families like Jael's in the community of El Caracol are often separated when the men are forced to leave the country to look for work and send money home. But at last there is a glimmer of hope. Beekeeping has become well-established and as more people take up the challenge and learn these new skills, there is a growing opportunity to bring in extra income. Please donate today to keep this work growing. Watch more videos
Beekeeping has the potential to reduce the vulnerability of rural families enormously. We have sown the seed but how far can we take this? With the right approach this change from relying on traditional crops, so often affected by too little or too much rain, will significantly improve life for many families on the slopes of the Telica volcano. In order to expand their apiaries and develop this vital alternative source of income these families need your help.
Beekeeping has been successfully introduced! It is 7 years since we undertook our first pilot beekeeping project in the communities on the slopes of the Telica Volcano. Back then beekeeping was new to the families who are today´s enthusiastic beekeepers and it has made a big difference. No-one cuts down trees to get at a small quantity of honey anymore. Instead the beekeepers work to protect the forest knowing that the more bee-friendly trees there are, the more honey they will produce. Thanks to the bees income has increased and family nutrition has improved too. But… this is not enough. In order to exploit the full potential of beekeeping in these communities there is more to be done. We need your help to transform the lives of these new beekeepers.
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15/05/2017 - In a recent team meeting, a chance conversation made the Nuevas Esperanzas team think of just how long we have been working alongside the families from El Ojochal de Listón. Enrique talked about Marcial and his son Donald. Carlos talked about Donald and his son Alex. Three generations continue to be involved in working to improve their lives through a variety of projects.
19/10/2016 - Finding enough water every day is a huge challenge for the rural communities where Nuevas Esperanzas works, especially at this this time of year. In the second year of drought caused by the El Niño phenomenon, many families are finding that their usual sources of water are drying up or flowing more slowly than in the past.
15/09/2016 - When Nuevas Esperanzas first started the beekeeping project in three mountain communities on the slopes of the Telica Volcano, Juan Orozco from Agua Fría was part of the group. For eight months, from late 2010 to mid-2011, Juan learned the basic techniques of beekeeping leaving him able of managing his own hives.
29/04/2016 - Two years into the drought which has affected much of Central America, the water situation in the community of Agua Fría has become critical. The spring which flowed freely only a couple of years ago has dried up and nothing but a trickle is left lower downstream. As the dry season continued, the 500 families affected became increasingly concerned about where they would find water to drink, to wash, to cook until the rains came.
30/03/2016 - Nicaraguan law states that every community should have a water and sanitation committee, known as CAPS. CAPS are democratically elected by the community, and their purpose is to ensure there is a good water supply and improved sanitation in the local area. They are regulated by the national water authority but do not receive funds from the government, instead relying on fees from community members.