Mambo Vipi? This is just a quick update on our progress with our Beekeeping Project. I'm happy to report that this project is almost completely funded and we have just under $1,000 to raise before we can implement completely. Thank you so much for your generous support for this project. All of the funds received go directly towards supporting this project on the ground in Kanga Village, Tanzania. Since receiving the initial funds, we were able to purchase 15 hives and hold our first training workshop! Ultimately, we hope that this project will allow farmers to produce more than 50 liters of honey per year, which would drastically improve their income and livelihood. Not only will the farmers benefit, but they will also have an incentive to conserve the surrounding forest where the bee hives are kept. So thank you again for your support for a great cause!
If you live in or near NYC, we would love for you to join us at our 22nd annual Artists for Africa benefit this April 23rd at the Bowery Hotel, where you can learn even more about our mission to support grassroots community development and conservation projects in Tanzania. We will also be honoring the country of Norway at this event with our New Species Award for the integral role they played in the success of our REDD project. More details about this special event for Tanzania, its people and its forests, can be found here.
Greetings from Kanga Village! We are excited to report that this project is over half funded and we have just over $1,000 left to raise before we can fully implement it. With the initial funds this project has received we were able to purchase some of the required beehives and equipment for demonstration purposes and organize participants for their first training. We look forward to sharing photos in our next update and introducing you to the families participating in this project.
Please consider making an end of year gift to help continue to support this project in the coming year or give a gift in the name of a loved one this holiday season by simply clicking on the "Gift or in-honor of" tab. You'll have the option to email, print, or mail a lovely acknowledgment card to the lucky recipient.
From all of us at ARC, thank you for your support and warm wishes this holiday and for a very happy new year!
Did you know that this project has the potential for farmers to produces more than 50 liters of honey per year and earn as much as $400 annually in additional household income? For one of the world's poorest economies, where one-third of the population lives below the national poverty line, this is HUGE. And what is even more amazing about this project is that not only do local farmers profit from it, but the forests do too because farmers have an additional incentive to conserve the forests where the beehives are kept (we can't resist saying that this win-win situation is the "bee's knees"!). Thank you to generous donors like you, we are on our way to doing great things for Kanga Village's people and its forests.
We've been humbled by the generous support we've received to our two other projects on GlobalGiving and are hoping to take things up a notch with this project and have it fully funded by the end of the summer (we need just an initial $1,500 to launch it). To kick things off, we are excited to let you know that this Wednesday, June 13th is GlobalGiving Bonus Day and all donations to this project will be MATCHED at 50%!* Will you help make this project a reality? Your additional gift of $10 will become $15 and your $50 gift will become $75. Forward this email, post the report on your Facebook page, tweet about it on Twitter - tell your friends why you chose to support this project and ask them to make a gift too. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we all do our small part.
On behalf of all of us at ARC, THANK YOU for supporting Kanga Village's beekeeping project.
*Donations will be matched between 12:01am EDT and 11:59pm EDT on June 13th, up to $1,000 per donor.
Spring has sprung (at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere)! And when we think of spring, we think of flowers; and when we think of flowers, we think of bees. Thank you for your generous donation to this beekeeping project, and for being among the first (of what we hope will be many more to come) donors to get this project off the ground.
As we noted in our last project update, we'll officially launch this project once the first $1,500 is raised (this will allow us to purchase 15 hives and hold the first training workshop). We are hopeful that this will happen in the next couple of months. In the meantime, we invite you to learn more about our field partner the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG) by checking out the latest edition of their journal, aptly named The Arc Journal. It will give you a glimpse at some of the current events surrounding Tanzania's forests - everything from forest justice to the government's role in conserving these forests. You can also read up on TFCG program highlights, including encouraging youth engagement in environmental issues, land use planning, and the REDD pilot project. This GlobalGiving beekeeping project is just one of many community-based projects that contribute to ARC and TFCG's overarching mission to conserve Tanzania's forests.
If you live in or near NYC, we would love for you to join us at our 21st annual Artists for Africa benefit this April 11th where you can learn even more about our mission to support grassroots community development and conservation projects in Tanzania. More details about this special event for Tanzania, its people and its forests, can be found here.
This beekeeping project in Kanga Village is ARC's newest addition to GlobalGiving and we couldn't be more thrilled to be promoting forest conservation and contributing to local livelihoods all at the same time. It is a win-win situation for everyone involved. Thank you for so generously donating to this project and helping to get it off the ground!
The goal of the project is to provide the community with 40 additional beehives and the necessary tools and protective gear, as well as ten days of training (please see budget attachment on GlobalGiving project page for full details). The first $1,500 we raise will allow us to launch the project with an initial 15 hives and training workshop. You will be the first to know when this happens.
Please help us spread the word about this project during the holiday season. GlobalGiving makes it super easy to make a donation in honor of a friend or loved one and will send the gift recipient a customized email, print-at-home, or physical tribute card – your choice!
From all of us at ARC, warmest wishes this holiday season. We look forward to being in touch in early 2012 with another project update.
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