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OCMC News - Help OCMC Raise $7,000 for the Farmers' Empowerment through Beekeeping Project in Albania

by Emily Robertson (Posted 6/11/2014)

OCMC News - Help OCMC Raise $7,000 for the Farmers
Please help OCMC reach our goal of funding the Farmers’ Empowerment Through Beekeeping project with $7,000 by donating today!

OCMC has launched a social media fundraising campaign on Facebook and Twitter to support the Farmers' Empowerment through Beekeeping project taking place in the Gjinar Commune in the Elbasan District of Albania. In Gjinar, there are 11 villages made up of just over 1,000 families; many of these families rely on farming as their livelihood. The project will target farmers who are beginning to learn about beekeeping as a way to add to their farming income. Through the initiative, run by Diakonia Agapes in Albania and funded by OCMC, farmers will gain the skills necessary to keep bees, knowledge about contemporary tools, and updated information about honey production, sales, and marketing.

Antoneta Karaj is a female farmer from Gjinar village in Albania who has benefited from beekeeping training through Diakonia Agapes in the past. By equipping her with artificial honeycombs and 5 bee families, she was able to successfully increase her bee families and honey production the last time this project was implemented. She emphasizes that training through the Farmers’ Empowerment Through Beekeeping program helped her to be successful due to the knowledge she received in the training and medical treatment that she was taught by a specialist during training for keeping her bees healthy. She also learned new methods to feed her bees during the winter. As a result of the training received through the program, she increased her honey quantity, which directly led to increasing her family’s income by 50%.

It is farmers like Antoneta that OCMC will be directly helping to earn a better living in Albania through the funding of this program. Empowering farmers with the skills necessary to raise bees and increase honey production is a meaningful way to help farms to become more profitable and sustainable. It is projects and initiatives like this that OCMC is proud to be supporting, as we help communities of people around the world to be self-sustaining.

By training members of 10 small-scale farms, these farms will then become models for other farmers to mirror, allowing many in the area to improve their income through beekeeping. Training will include technical aspects of keeping bees, marketing honey, consulting for other farmers, establishing new beekeeping initiatives, and hosting marketing events.

Please help OCMC support this ministry in Albania by donating today to help us reach our goal of funding the Farmers’ Empowerment Through Beekeeping project with $7,000. Your generous donation will make a huge difference in the lives of many in Albania who are working hard to make their farms profitable and sustainable for their family’s livelihood and well-being.

Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OrthodoxChristianMissionCenter and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ocmc. To make a donation, please click here: www.bit.ly/1oOvHcr. In addition to making a gift, please also share this link with your friends and family, asking them to do so as well. As always, thank you so much for all you do to support missions and help raise awareness about OCMC!

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