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Bees and Trees in Ecuador #GivingTuesday2017
£2,310 raised
83% of £2.8k goal
76 contributors
3 Days left Ends Jan 20, 2018

Context

This ancient and stunning volcano in the Andes Mountains has been stripped of its dense native vegetation by unsustainable farming methods.

Our Volcano lies within the city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador in South America, with its crater at over 3,000 meters high. It’s one of the oldest volcanoes in the Andes mountains, and is said, by the indigenous people, to be a portal to another world. This magical place has been stripped of its dense tropical undergrowth by years of farming, and its springs are now drying up.

Our Solution

Beekeeping is a sustainable alternative to goats and cows, We are planting trees because the bees need the flowers on them. This means we are earning an income from the honey, while replenishing the natural environment on our volcano. True reciprocity between humans and nature.

Who we are

We are a community-led group of volcano-dwellers bringing together bees and trees in a local development project with the reforestation of our beautiful volcano at its heart.

Most of us grew up on the slopes of our volcano, we knows all it's peaks and ravines, and the plants that grow upon it. And we are all nurturing a passion for bees.

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How You Can Help

You can help to reforest our volcano by supporting our community-led bee-keeping project.

We need £2,800 to make 80 new beehives.

We have help from the local government to plant native trees, and for every beehive you help us to make, we pledge to plant 10 trees, that’s 800 trees!

If we are successful in our neighbourhood, we can take the project to neighbouring communities, spreading it round the foot of the volcano, and covering its peak with dense native forest.

Thank you!

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