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    Teaching refugees and their neighbors the art of beekeeping

    Day 33

    Buzzing for Change

    Today we’re back in Thessaloniki, Greece, to see what’s buzzing with Communitere. They’re always hard at work thinking of new ways to better serve the refugee community. And for Day 33, they’re thinking about bees.

    Refugees often have a difficult time figuring out ways to support their families in a new place. “They need to fight the feelings of uselessness and to find a practical way out to unemployment,” said one friend from Communitere.

    So they had a sweet idea – what about bees? Beekeeping, they thought, could be a great way to learn a new vocation and provide a much-wanted honey to sell in their local communities.

    Communitere also thought beekeeping could be a great way to integrate the local community and refugees, working together to find common threads that connect them.

    So Communitere organized a beekeeping workshop, inviting people of all backgrounds, languages, and religions to learn together.

    It didn’t take long for people to connect with what we were doing, and why it was important. “Congratulations for working together, keep going!” said a local man as he passed by the workshop.

    The beekeeping workshop was a huge success.
    Collaboration between the local communities and refugees have now started a relationship that can grow into a friendship. Plus, the participants might just take what they learned and make it stick – just like honey!

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