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 Andrew Coté, fourth from right (white pants), during his 2005 Iraq teaching excursions

Andrew Coté, fourth from right (white pants), during his 2005 Iraq teaching excursions
 through BwB
 

Bees Without Borders Presents this year’s first local fundraiser at
Fat Cat Pie Co. in South Norwalk, CT
October 17, 2008

 
Bees Without Borders will host their first local fundraiser of the year at Fat Cat Pie Company on Wall Street in Norwalk, on Friday, October 17th from 6 to 9:30pm. A $50 ticket will grant you an evening of music, dinner and a raffle, emceed by the Bees Without Borders Founding Director, Andrew Coté. The guests of honor will be the bees themselves, (secured inside their hive of course). Fat Cat is located at 9-11 Wall Street in Norwalk.  For more information or to make a reservation, email tess@beeswithoutborders.org.   To purchase tickets to the event online visit:

The event will feature the three-piece rock/blues/funk group, The Fairfield Trio with Jamie Debicella, Nate Whittaker and Eric Mulkeen. The band includes electric guitar, Rhodes Piano/Hammond Organ, and a drum set. The group’s musicians are all members of the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble lead by Brian Torff. For more information visit www.myspace.com/thefairfieldtrio. Fat Cat Pie Company will provide artisanal pizzas and their outstanding wine/ beer menu as well as a cash bar.  The evening will also extend a raffle of items donated by Fairfield County Businesses and organizations.

The proceeds from this event will be used to sponsor a beekeeping project Bees Without Borders is planning to Uganda in January 2009 to train beekeepers to expand their operations.  Details will be presented at the event. BwB is also negotiating beekeeping projects with another Norwalk-based charity, Norwalk-Nagarote Sister-City, as well as a second project in another area of Uganda, a project in Fiji, and one particularly tricky one in northern Pakistan. 

“These projects are all on the table and in negotiation,” said Coté. “ BwB simply wants to make the most of volunteer time and sponsor resources, to make sure that projects are not just a flash in the pan, but viable, sustainable, practical, and beneficial to the community at large.”

Coté is a former high school dropout and vagabond turned Fulbright Scholar and professor. He was born into a beekeeping family in Connecticut and is (at least) the 4th generation to carry on this ancient art. When he's not busy with hives, Coté teaches English as a Second Language at Housatonic Community College and runs Silvermine Apiary, home of Andrew's Taste-Bud Bursting Local Wildflower Honey. Through the U.S. State Department’s USAID, Coté volunteered to go to Iraq for the summer of 2005 to assist Iraqi beekeepers.  In 2007 he spent the summer in the Niger Delta teaching beekeeping.  He spent January of 2008 in Kerala and Tamil Nadu in southern India, bring beekeeping skills to a small village cooperative.

“BwB can only expand with the continued support of our 100% volunteer staff, and contributions,” added Coté.  “If you can help with anything; legal advice, web page building, stuffing envelopes, massaging the beekeeper's aching muscles - BwB always welcomes new additions to our hive.” 

Bees Without Borders a 501 (c) (3) status pending non-profit organization, brings the value of beekeeping to low-resource individuals and communities in the developing world, allowing people to increase their income while maintaining their dignity and improving the environment.  Through education and training, we provide low-income clients with the skills they need to maintain healthy beehives and offer bee-related products to developing markets.

When Coté was asked why he loves bees, he answered, “Bees are nearly perfect! They are artful, delicate yet resilient, modest and hardworking; they seemingly pluck honey from the air and create a beautiful, tidy world from virtually nothing.  Bees continually humble me and teach me new things about themselves, the world, and myself.”

For more information, call Fat Cat Pie Co. at (203) 523-0389, email tess@beeswithoutborders.org, or visit www.beeswithoutborders.org.

 

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Bees Without Borders Information

Andrew Coté, Founding Director
Bees Without Borders is the brainchild of Coté, former high school dropout and vagabond turned Fulbright Scholar and professor. He was born into a beekeeping family in Connecticut and is (at least) the 4th generation to carry on this ancient art. When he's not busy with hives, Coté teaches English as a Second Language at Housatonic Community College and runs Silvermine Apiary, home of Andrew's Taste-Bud Bursting Local Wildflower Honey. Through the U.S. State Department’s USAID, Coté volunteered to go to Iraq for the summer of 2005 to assist Iraqi beekeepers.  In 2007 he spent the summer in the Niger Delta teaching beekeeping.  He spent January of 2008 in Kerala and Tamil Nadu in southern India, bring beekeeping skills to a small village cooperative.

 
How To Help
Join the hive...   Here are some ways you can be a part of BwB:

1.      Sign up for our newsletter. We'll keep you updated on the progress of Bees Without Borders, but we won't share your email with anyone else. Send us your email at info@beeswithoutborders.org.

2.      Host a honey tasting. We'll send you instructions for how to hold a sweet, sweet fundraiser for BwB (and if we're in town, we'll come crash your party too). Great to raise money and awareness.

3.      Volunteer. Let us know what sorts of skills you have. We'll list volunteer opportunities on this website, so check back regularly.

4.      Give dollars. Bees don't grow on trees. (Donations can be made through our website: beeswithoutborders.org)

5.      Eat local honey. Why? Because there is nothing better!

 Programs

Bees Without Borders teaches beekeeping skills to groups of people in economically depressed areas of the globe as a means of poverty alleviation. This involves developing culturally appropriate training programs and materials for local beekeepers to increase honey yield and providing them with the opportunity to learn about and create new markets for their products. BwB chooses sites based on a set of criteria that include motivation and community support, need and potential markets for honey-based products. Our teams are made up of both skilled and general volunteers. All travel is paid for by volunteers, who sleep and eat in the homes of the beneficiaries. Bees Without Borders is currently planning our first teaching trip to Uganda.
BwB Goals
  • Respond to every single request for assistance that we receive, at the very least with useful information
  • Maintain a global network of beekeepers and linguists to assist us in helping beekeepers make their craft more profitable
  • Help beekeepers understand and create new products and markets from their unused or underused resources.
  • Use every dollar wisely.  All funds are used pragmatically and for the betterment of beekeepers

 

 


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