Bees for Development Trust

Make Life Better With Bees

We will Make Life Better With Bees for families in northern Ethiopia. Many young children, especially girls, are kept out of school to do paid work, or to be married. COVID-19 has made matters worse. With beekeeping skills, families can better cope, and afford to keep children in school.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1078803)

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Championed by Ethiopiaid


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls




Amhara has one of the highest rates of poverty in Ethiopia, with low food security, low school attendance, and high incidence of child marriage, especially among the most vulnerable and marginalised families. Many young children, especially girls, miss out on education when they are taken out of school to do paid work, or to be married. School closures, lost income due to Covid-19, and nearby civil unrest have made matters far worse.


With skills in beekeeping, families can earn income from selling honey and beeswax and so afford to keep their children in school, and can better cope with the effects of COVID-19. Bees are a nature-based solution for people and for our planet’s biggest problems: climate change and loss of biodiversity. Beekeeping is a solution because it is accessible for everyone regardless of their age, gender, land ownership and economic status and does not overload the family with extra work.

  • It is very important to get money from the sale of honey. My husband and I have no land for crops. We send our children to school, pay school fees and lead our life with beekeeping. If we did not have the bees, we would have sent our son to work as a shepherd instead of sending him to school.

    — Worknesh Abe, 31, Dehna, Ethiopia