Archbishop Supports Beekeepers with a Gift to the Pope

COP26 Development Action with Bees Abroad.

On his recent visit to the Vatican, in the lead up to COP26, The Archbishop of Canterbury presented Pope Francis with a Bees Abroad beekeeping project in Tanzania. Highlighting this practical initiative to both alleviate poverty and help the climate.

Archbishop Justin Welby, Patron of Bees Abroad, met with Pope Francis to deliver a joint message for the protection of creation. In a joint statement they said “we call on everyone, whatever their belief or world view, to endeavour to listen to the cry of the earth and of people who are poor, examining their behaviour and pledging meaningful sacrifices for the sake of the earth which God has given us”.

In the lead up to COP26 meetings, they signed an appeal about caring for our common home. As Archbishop Justin has said,

“We have to act. And the action is action in development“

Anastazia Charles, pictured here with a new hive, is now part of the action. She is one of the women, from a women’s beekeeping group in Tanzania, benefitting from Archbishop Justin’s gift. Helping to increase food security and improve livelihoods. Living on Kome Island, she and her community are faced with a continual decrease in their crop yields and degradation of their natural ecosystem. We, at Bees Abroad, have partnered with Emmanuel International in Tanzania and the local church in Nyamkolechiwa village on Kome Island. Training women in sustainable beekeeping, whilst incorporating conservation agriculture techniques and tree planting. Anastazia has seven children and four grandchildren and is excited to be able to support them through school with her beekeeping income.

Watch the Video of the Archbishop Justin Welby meeting with Pope Francis, here.

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