We were first approached in early 2016 to help a community from killing elephants after they invaded farms and destroyed farmers' crops. It seems that the human population from major cities in Kenya are expanding out onto the natural migration paths of elephants. As farmer's plant their fields, traveling elephants find their budding crops a tasty buffet. After all, an average elephant can eat in excess of 400 pounds of food per day. They also need about 50 gallons of water too!
We began our research process. We spoke to peopel in the field that were already working in this area, installing bees to save elephants as well as attended the International Ground Water and Land Management Conference. We didn't just want to install bee hives without ensuring success. As we discovered, in order to maintain healthy beehives they require water sources and certain Ph value in the soil.
As we learned about bees we began to develop our campaign to raise funds. We generated a tiered level where one could make a general donation, purchase a single beehive or actually purchase beehives for an entire farm.
We developed a pilot propram to sponsor 10 farms. The beehives were built in January 2017 and installed. Unfortunately, our contact working on the project went on to work on another project to deliver water for elephants and wildlife.
It took us another year to vet a new contact and learn about our new community.
Our new beehive installation project is in the village of Kajire in the community of Sagalla (VOI) Kenya. This community consists of 900 small to medium farms where the farmers make there living selling their crops of maze and chickpees. If the elephants invade their crops then the farmers have to resort to other measures to provide for their families. Their options are limited. To prevent invading elephants from encroaching on their future crops, farmers often retaliate.
They place in the ground, 6" railroad stakes around their fields. When invading elephants step on one of these stakes, the pain is so intense that wounded elephants wander off and eventually die due to infections.
It's estimated that approximately 10,000 elephants, across the African continent, die annually due to conflicts with humans. This number is expected to rise as the human population is expected to explode in the coming years.
The benefits of installing beehives:
1. SAVES elephants from dying from painful deaths.
2. Help's farmers have healthier crops with greater yields
3. Women harvest the honey and wax and earn an income
4. Children get their education paid for
5. Economic infusion for the entire community. From carpenters building the hives, installers, harvesting honey and developing "elephant friendly" products everyone benefits - but mostly elephants!
This is a win-win. NO donation is too small.
A single beehive costs $65 it takes approximately 15 to 20 beehives per 22 hectares farm (54 acres) at a cost of $1000.
Together we can SAVE elephants from dying painful, preventable deaths! Please make your tax deductible donation today!