Project information

Beekeeping in Northern Uganda

Empowering parents to support their children's education through establishing income generating hives at rural schools. 200 Parents will receive training in beekeeping and financial management - working with us to establish 100 hives at 5 schools (20 per school).

January 2018 - December 2019

Charity information: African Revival

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  • Need


    Farming communities in the Amuru District of Northern Uganda are struggling to deal with changing climate patterns. Loss of crops not only contributes to malnutrition, it means many parents cannot pay their children's school fees - leading to high drop out rates at rural primary schools. At schools we work with in Northern Uganda 30% of girls drop out before finishing primary school.


    Training parents and establishing beehives at schools will provide parents transferable skills, and income diversification. Parents, and the schools where the hives are located, will both benefit directly from income the hives generate. This will increase income for parents - meaning they can better support their children's education. Parents will work with the PTA and the school to decide how the school will benefit from a proportion of the income that the hives generate.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve Climate Resilience of rural communities in the Amuru District of Northern Uganda.


    » Provide income diversification through beekeeping training, which will help to strengthen food security

    What success will look like

    Collect data about how many meals per day households consume, and collect data about how many households register improved agricultural productivity.

    Aim 2

    Reduce high drop out rates of pupils at rural primary schools


    » Increasing income for rural community members - empowering to better support their children's education

    What success will look like

    We will speak to teachers, and look at enrolment vs. drop out rates

    Aim 3

    Equip parents with financial management skills


    » All groups will be registered with a formal bank account, and will receive training from our staff

    What success will look like

    We will collect beneficiary stories, and monitor group savings

  • Impact


    As this project will support more children staying in school we expect that the long term impact of this project will be improved academic attainment, and higher rates of pupil retention. We will continue to monitor this across the district as we work in the area. Improved education has been shown to have a causal and direct impact on numerous social markers such as: sanitation, health and mortality, nutrition, civic participation - all contributing towards rural development.


    Bees Die: A bee specialist will be overseeing our programme
    Political unrest: This is unlikely, but constantly reveiwed
    Land Issues: Areas in the Amuru District suffer land wrangles, we will select secure sites
    Security: A barbed wire fence will protect hives.
    Currency fluctuations: We have a 5% contingency build into our project budget to allow for fluctuation, inflation or unforeseen costs.
    Poor Local Sales: We have already identified an organisation willing to buy the honey


    We will produce formal quarterly reports for our donors (3 throughout programme duration) that will be circulated by email. We will also provide informal updates, pictures etc. on our social media channels.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,101

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,349 Hives, honey production Establishing 100 hives and producing honey from these hives
      £4,130 Staff Costs Expert Bee Keeper Costs - including transport, accommodation etc.
      £1,827 UK Admin UK Admin costs - for financial management, bank transfers, reporting, audit etc.
      £795 Contingency Allowing for currency fluctuation/ unforseen costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    MPM Charitable Trust £4,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    This project will be at 5 rural schools in the Amuru District of Northern Uganda. Like other districts in the Acholi sub-region, Amuru suffered a brutal two-decade insurgency by the rebel group; Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from 1987. When peace
    was restored in 2006, the people of northern Uganda started to rebuild their lives, but the effect on communities have been long-standing, with many children displaced, abused and traumatised.


    40 parents per school (200 total) will benefit from this programme. Parent beekeeping groups will be at least 50% women, and single mother headed households will be prioritised in the beneficiary selection process. Approx. 2,700 currently enrolled children will benefit from improved school environments at the 5 schools, through direct bee dividends.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    African Revival have been working in Northern Uganda since 2005. Our in country staff are all local, meaning they are part of the community they serve. We have previously introduced beekeeping at a teacher training college in Northern Uganda, with very successful results. We have long-lasting partnerships with Amuru Local Government and individual schools - ensuring long term sustainability of the beehives.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Patrick Owiny

    Patrick, an experienced beekeeper, has worked with ARU since 2011 - including one agricultural project in the North of Uganda