Kojo Boadu, a native of the Sekyere East District of Ghana was not a registered participant for UMCOR's beekeeping training held in his community. He was just a passerby who appealed to UMCOR trainers to observe the outdoor training and beehive construction. Returning daily to the 10-day event, Boadu closely observed each training activity.
Less than a week after the training concluded, Boadu constructed two beehives and colonized each hive on his own. He later constructed an additional eight beehives, four of which were colonized. By the end of 2009, Boadu had enough money to purchase materials to construct 10 more hives.
In gratitude to the UMCOR trainers who allowed him to observe the training, Boadu volunteered to teach 15 other people from neighboring villages how to construct and colonize beehives. Stephen Oduro, one the trainees, partnered with Boadu to train as many people as were willing to learn beekeeping.
"We will be true disciples in the beekeeping industry," they promised. A local steward of the Seniagya Methodist Church is helping them keep their commitment by identifying young persons interested in beekeeping.
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Photo: A beekeeper holds up a honeycomb during a 2008 community beekeeping demonstration in Liberia, West Africa.