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Today was our next day off to the next village. This particular day we were not going into one particular village to meet with all sorts of people. Instead, we met with Daniel so we could encourage his beekeeping club. He started his club last year. In this club they try to work together and learn from each other.
We brought a langstroth hive box to show them and we talked about how to get started and all about bees. There were about 6 current beekeepers, but about 20 people who did not have bees yet.
Then, we trekked over to Daniel’s bees and Jacob and Elizabeth suited up with Daniel and went into one of the hives. Interesting to say the least! The hive was very strong, and quite aggressive. When they opened the hive some of the wax the bees built came off, which is very disturbing to them, and we think this increased their anger toward the intruders.
A couple people were stung, but I think they enjoyed the experience.
On our way home we went into town to purchase a bicycle. One occupation here is to be a bicycle taxi driver. The men sit and wait for someone to hire them, then they drive them to their desired location. One man that Chifundo is diciplining is Blessing. This man borrows a bike to use and has to pay most of his earnings to the owner each day. So The Elephant wanted to buy this man a bicycle so he can use ALL the money he earns for his family. A bicycle here is about 60,000 Kwatcha which is about $83 US dollars.
Then we tried again to figure out the visa for Lucy.
We picked up a man, Lawrence, and I was excited to know that he knows many of our friends to include Nathan Lorick and Grant Parker! He went to the hotel with us to try and help us figure it out. It did not work – so we had to trust that another day we could figure it out.
It was a busy day and a good one. Going into bees and teaching about them is one of our favorites. For the residents in Dowa it was a great time to learn more about what goes on inside the hive and more about the honey bee in general. We also gifted them some money that a fellow beekeeper in East Texas gave us to help their club purchase a bee suit.