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Bees Without Borders

I love this organization. Bees Without Borders teaches beekeeping skills to impoverished communities around the world, giving fresh access to a sustainable source of income via honey, honeycomb, and beeswax (for candles and other products). Bee hives don’t take a ton of space and don’t require as much care and feeding as other animals…plus they help the surrounding agricultural stakes with increased pollination. The folks at BwB launched in 2005 with a trip to Iraq to train and assist Iraqi beekeepers. 2007 was a project in the Niger Delta in Africa. 2008 had beekeepers in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in Southern India learning from the BwB team, and right now they are gearing up for an education trip to the Ukraine.

If you’d like to become part of “the hive” and learn more or pitch in, sign up for the newsletter, hold a fund-raising honey tasting, buy local honey, volunteer locally or internationally (volunteers pay their own travel expenses and live in the homes of project beneficiaries), and, of course, donate to this cause that is helping alleviate poverty.


Hey There, Stretch


photo by Billy K. Dodson/Giraffe Conservation Foundation

They’re improbably built and impossibly graceful. Watching a giraffe move through the bush in the wild is like watching a boat rock on medium seas. They undulate and roll their way along, each step of their long legs reverberating through the entire body of counter-weighted levers (that neck and those legs require lots of precision balancing). When they break into a run it looks like slow motion, but the steps are so long, they cover great distances very quickly. They are beautiful to watch and gentle as can be.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation is dedicated to a sustainable future for all species and sub-species of giraffes in the wild. The giraffes indigenous to West Africa, for example, were dwindling in number at an alarming rate–there were only 50 left in the wild in 1996–but through community education and conservation efforts as well as convincing governments that there is value in protection of wildlife, their numbers are bouncing back (there are more than 200 now–still a crazy-low number, but much better than 50).

Education is the key to conservation, and GCF has major initiatives in Botswana, Kenya, and Niger. Scientific research and partnership with local communities is making a difference, and more careful planning with development is beginning to show sensitivity to habitat protection…but the work is only ramping up. For the numbers of any species to get down to mere double digits, like 50, is unforgivable…is there a way you can get involved and support? Find out more here.