What You Can Do
What you can do
Financially BEECause Gambia is reliant on donations and grants. Every penny donated is spent on our work in The Gambia. We also very much welcome the help of volunteers and are keen to hear from anyone interested.
We are also very grateful for other forms of help. For example, packaging for honey is a major issue. In the UK, staff at a local Waitrose cafe and at a Cafe Rouge collect small jars which Money Pipe (thanks Baboucarr) ships to The Gambia free of charge.
Please see our Make a Donation and Become a Volunteer pages for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a donation
This section is primarily addressed to individual donors. BEECause also seeks grants from selected funders, such as charitable trusts and international aid agencies, eg UNDP. We apply to one prospective source of funding at a time for each project or activity. There is no duplication.
BEECause respects the trust placed in us by individual donors. All the money you donate will be used for the purpose specified (where there is one).
Each project and activity is planned, costed and budgeted, and fully accounted for – Bill, the finance trustee/director sees to that!
What your money could buy
The following gives an idea of what can be bought with different levels of donation.
- £15 can buy one Kenyan top bar bee hive (KTB), which in a season, can produce eight litres or more of honey and 1½ kilos of beeswax, together worth at least £17.
- £25 will finance a five day residential beekeeping or bee product training course for one person
- £30 can buy a bee kit comprising bee suit, boots, gloves, smoker and hive tool
- £180 can pay for a 10 KTB apiary plus bee kit, the produce of which can support a family of four for six months and should pay for itself within 18 months
- £1600 would enable a bee reserve to be established and operated until it became self-financing
- £2500 would renovate and equip the remaining building at Kumoo Kunda as a processing room, store, office and trainee/volunteer accommodation.
We have set up an arrangement with Virgin Money Giving to accept donations on our behalf. These are eligible for Giftaid. Any amount is gratefully received
As a registered charity BEECause Gambia is reliant solely on generous donations made by our partner organisations and members of the public which fund our premises, projects and staff wages.
Become a volunteer
If you identify with our aims and you want to help people to improve their livelihoods, please think about volunteering with BEECause Gambia. Volunteers must be able to meet their own expenses, including insurance, flights and living costs.
Who we are looking for
We need mature, motivated, self reliant people to go to The Gambia and work on the project. You may be a beekeeper, in which case your skills would be put to good use. But we need people with a variety of skills and bags of common sense.
BEECause is not an overseas placement agency and does not have the resources to give extensive local support but you will have a thorough briefing before you commit, and you will be part of the BEECause team. Living conditions can be challenging, particularly during the rainy season. Nevertheless, we are confident you would have a lot of fun and a rewarding experience doing something really worthwhile.
You must be over 21 and reasonably fit, but there is no upper age limit. Volunteer periods can be from two weeks upwards.
We aim to make use of the skills of the people who join us and will do our best to devise a suitable role or project. If you think this could be you, please get in touch.
What you can expect
The Gambia has two seasons. The rainy season runs from July to October inclusive. It can be very hot and humid and heavy rainstorms are frequent, especially at night. Local flooding can make getting around difficult temporarily. The rest of the year is mostly dry and in ‘winter’ the climate is delightful, hence this is the tourist season.
Flights from Europe are operated direct to Banjul or via Dakar, in Senegal. There are far more and much cheaper flights during the tourist season.
The cost of living in The Gambia is inexpensive compared with Europe and North America. A good variety of fresh food is generally available. A range of accommodation can be rented, much of it simple and basic. We will help to find something suitable or you can now stay at Kumoo Kunda.
Anyone without previous experience of Africa or a developing country would be advised to obtain advice on living conditions, health, local customs etc. The tourist guide published by Thomas Cook is a good source of information.
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