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Executive Summary

Executive Summary Proposed Activity Culture Shock Charity Show for “ Plan Bee ” in Houston and

Proposed Activity

Culture Shock Charity Show for Plan Beein Houston and Pakistan

Project

Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming “Plan Bee” Project

Category

Economic Development / Women Empowerment / Youth Entrepreneurship

Location

Talento Bilingüe of Houston 333 S. Jensen Drive Houston, TX 77003

Date

November 16, 2013

Time

Matinee Show 11:00 AM 1:00 PM Evening Show 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Partners

- Mayor's Office of Education Initiatives & Mayor’s Volunteer Initiatives Program

- Alliance for Multicultural Community Services

- Klein Forest High School Pakistani-Indian Student Association (PISA)

- Xavier Educational Academy

- Lee High School Interact Club & ROTC

- Clements High School Interact

- Sharpstown International School Capstone International Program

- St. Thomas University Social Entrepreneurship Program (SEP)

- Neighborhood Center Inc. Youth Council

- Rotaract Galleria

- Talento Bilingue of Houston

Pilot Project Proposal Culture Shock Charity Show for Plan Bee

This pilot project aims to bring together students of diverse cultural and faith backgrounds with the objective of expanding the successful Klein Forest High School PISA Culture Shock Charity Show model to raise the funds needed to replicate Hashoo Foundation’s Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming Project “Plan Bee” in Houston, and help create a new Honey Business Group in Pakistan.

The goal of this pilot project is to help empower twenty-one (21) women, five (5) refugee women in Houston and sixteen (16) rural women in Pakistan through honey bee farming. The student’s humanitarian and entrepreneurial efforts will enable these women kick start their honey producing micro-enterprises, earn an income, become self-sufficient, improve the quality of life for their families and educate their children though the sale of honey, both locally and internationally.

Under this pilot project, the students are raising the funds needed to invest in these honey producing micro-enterprises through the Culture Shock Charity tickets sale, T-Shirts sales, food sales, honey tastings, and other activities, thus helping the creation of the "Plan Bee Houston" social enterprise.

This proposal has two objectives inter-related objectives designed to benefit, both students and underprivileged women. It is a win-win situation!!!

Funds Needed

$20,000

Objective 1

To replicate Hashoo Foundation’s Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming Project “Plan Bee” success model in Houston to empower local refugee women from Bhutan and Burma and to generate a secondary income through the sale of honey.

These women are part of the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services re-settlement refugee agency in Houston and work in their Community Garden Program. Currently, the women farmers sell the vegetables they produce to the market. However, the income they earn is not enough. Developing honey micro-enterprises will help these refugee women earn a secondary income and improve their quality of life.

 

The students will have the opportunity to volunteer with the local refugee women and participate in the presentation and installation of the beehives, beekeeping training and harvest.

Funds Needed - Plan Bee Houston

$10,000

Funds Use - Plan Bee Houston

Funds raised will be invested in organizing a “honey business group” in Houston and provide the participating refugee women with beehives, production kits and training in honey bee farming to develop a honey producing micro-enterprise similar to those that have been created in Pakistan.

The Alliance for Multicultural Community Services working in conjunction with local beekeeper consultants will be responsible for the selection, organization, mobilization and training of the refugee women, and for the administration and managing of the “Plan Bee Houston” Project. Hashoo Foundation USA is solely responsible for providing the investment needed to start these enterprises value up to $10,000.

Equipment Requirements Honey Business Group in Houston

Beekeepers

Quantity /

Unit

Quantity

Total

Beekeeper

Price

Beekeepers

5

       

Packaged Bees

20

4

135.00

20

2,700.00

Productions Kits (includes 4 beehives, bee-suit, beekeeping gloves, bee smoker, hive tool, bee brush, uncapping knife, wax pan)

5

1

937.95

5

4,689.75

Extractor, Wax Heater, Storage Tank (share equipment for "honey business group")

1

1

790.75

1

790.75

Project Related Expenses (equipment delivery & setup, bee transportation, incidental/misc. expenses)

-

-

1,819.50

-

1,819.50

Projected Impact - Number of Children

 

Pending

 

- -

-

Projected Impact - Indirect Dependents

 

Pending

 

- -

-

Total

       

$10,000

Projected Impact Houston Refugee Women

Local Impact

- 5 Refugee women beneficiaries will be identified mobilized and organized in a “honey business group”.

 

- 20 Beehives will be provided to the “honey business group”. 4 beehives will be allocated to each beekeeper.

- Beekeeper consultants will train the women in beekeeping, honey production and best practices.

- 5 Productions kits (hives, bee suit, beekeeping gloves, bee smoker, hive tool, bee brush, uncapping knife, wax pan) provided to beneficiaries.

- 1 Extractor for the “honey business group”.

 

- Provide a secondary income to increase beekeepers current annual income.

 

- Provide children access to better nutrition, health and quality education.

 

Criteria for Women’s Selection

- Lowest income household

- Age between 40 and 64 years old

 

- Date of arrival in the USA as refugee starting from January 2010 up to date

 

- Availability and willingness to get involved

 

- Lowest education and literacy level

 

Project will begin the with Bhutanese and Burmese women. Other ethnic groups will join after the first year.

Projected Annual Income - Amendment made by Alliance for Multicultural Community Services Under the “honey business group” 5 women will be allocated 4 beehives each. Honey yield fluctuates from one year to another and varies between colonies. The average production of honey per beehive is approximately 40 Lbs. Each beehive is expected to produce 40 Lbs. x 4 beehives = 160 Lbs. of honey per crop (harvest). SE Texas has a much longer “honey run” season where honey production yields are higher and favourable weather conditions will ensure two crops per year with an approximate production will be 320 Lbs. of honey. If sold to the market for $9 to $10 per Lbs., each woman will be able to increase their income between $2,880 and $3,200 per year.

Local Implementing Partners

 

Hashoo Foundation USA - Facilitator

 

Alliance for Multicultural - Project Manager

Technical assistance

 
 

County Extension Spring Green Farm Project

 

Fort Bend County Extension Agent- Horticulture, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Objective 2

To help expand the Hashoo Foundation’s Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming Project “Plan Bee” to other areas of Northern Pakistan to help women earn an income through the sale of high-quality honey and educate their children.

Funds Needed - Culture Shock Charity Show

$10,000

Funds Use - Culture Shock Charity Show

The funds raised by the students through the Culture Shock Charity Show initiatives will be used to establish a “honey business group” to help rural women in Pakistan generate a stable income through the sale of high quality honey. The women will be provided with beehives, production kits and training in honey bee farming to kick start their honey producing micro-enterprise.

Equipment Requirements Honey Business Group in Pakistan

Beekeepers

Quantity /

Unit

Quantity

Total

Beekeeper

Price

Beekeepers

16

       

Packaged Bees

 

4

120.00

20

7,680.0

64

0

Productions Kits (includes 4 beehives, bee-suit, beekeeping gloves, bee smoker, hive tool, bee brush, uncapping knife, wax pan)

       

1,920.0

16

1

120.00

16

0

Extractor, Wax Heater, Storage Tank (share equipment for "honey business group")

1

1

400

1

400.00

Project Related Expenses (equipment delivery & setup, bee transportation, incidental/misc. expenses)

-

-

 

- -

-

Projected Impact - Number of Children

 

~ 48-62

 

-

-

Projected Impact - Indirect Dependents

 

~ 128

 

- -

-

Total

       

$10,000

Projected Impact for the Women in

International Impact

 

-

16 Women beneficiaries in the remote areas of Pakistan will be identified, organized in a

Pakistan

“honey business group”, mobilized and trained in bee keeping at selected/feasible location/clusters.

- 64 Beehives will be provided to the “honey business group”. 4 beehives will be allocated to each beekeeper.

- Productions kits Productions kits (hives, bee suit, beekeeping gloves, bee smoker, hive tool, bee brush, uncapping knife, wax pan) provided to beneficiaries.

- Honey produced ensuring quality with consistent follow up and technical assistance. (Processing and hygienic packaging will be accomplished following standards of ISO certified organizations like Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) and Honey Bee Research Institute Islamabad (HBRI).

- Facilitate purchase and sale of quality honey in the existing and potential national and international markets.

- Increase beekeepers annual income.

- Provide children access to better nutrition, health and quality education.

Under the “honey business group” 16 women will be allocated with 4 beehives each. The average production of honey is 18 Kg per beehive and it will additionally increase the income of beneficiaries by $363 per year. The beekeepers are expected to produce 72 Kg (158 Lbs =4 x 18) of honey each year and Hashoo Foundation will purchase honey on Rs. 500 ($5.05) per Kg.

International Implementing Partner: Hashoo Foundation Pakistan

Projected Impact for the Students

The proposed project will help the students develop a compassionate and philanthropic perspective of the global community. As a result, the students are expected to gain the following skills:

- Leadership skills

- Organizational skills

- Team work

- Fundraising skills

- Communication skills

- Creative solutions to challenges

At the same time, this project will help students experience:

- Philanthropic & compassionate perspective

- Enterprise development

- Women empowerment

- Intercultural relations

- Build bridges of understanding

The students’ fundraising efforts through the Culture Shock Charity Show will allow the “Plan Bee” Project will continue to help empowering women through honey bee farming by expanding employment opportunities in the remote areas of Pakistan and create new honey micro-enterprises in Houston.

The students will have the opportunity to volunteer with the local refugee women and participate in the presentation and installation of the beehives, beekeeping training and harvest.

Proposed Fundraising Activities

Participating schools and clubs to raise funds through:

- Ticket sale

 

- T- Shirts sale

Additional proposed fundraising ideas:

- Bee face painting at school

- Bee sticker sale

- Honey tasting

- Food sale

Culture Shock Charity Show Background & Impact

Hashoo Foundation’s “Plan Bee” project has provided a platform for Klein Forest High School Pakistani Indian Student Association PISA of to promote inter-cultural relations and to reach out and share their creativity and funds they earned from their Cultural Shock Charity Show to help the women beekeepers who lost their beehives to the devastating 2010-2011 floods in Pakistan.

PISA has been organizing and executing an annual Culture Shock Charity Show for a decade, benefiting various charities. The show is planned and executed by the student membership of PISA, with Klein Forest students providing varied cultural and entertainment including, dancers, singers,

 

comedians, bands, and fashion. In 2011-2012, PISA partnered with the Hashoo Foundation to help the “Plan Bee” beekeepers affected by the floods in Northern Pakistan. The students donated 79 beehives and helped 21 beekeepers rebuild their income-generating honey enterprise. The project has had an indirect impact on 157 dependents and helped provide access to education to 69 children.

According to Dr. Norman J. LaFave, Klein Forest High School PISA Sponsor and Advisor, “the partnership with the Hashoo Foundation through “Plan Bee” has allowed the students to make a real difference in the lives of people. It is something they can be proud of and remember with pride as they go forward with their lives. “I believe that this kind of effort and experience for students provides an important supplement to the traditional academic skills and knowledge they receive through the traditional school curriculum. It is my hope that we are creating a new generation of philanthropists and community volunteers to tackle the challenges of the future.”

The partnership with Hashoo Foundation USA has provided the students with the opportunity to engage in sustainable micro-enterprises to help women become self-sufficient and educate their children, both locally and internationally.

Houston Students Help Women Beekeepers Rebuild Their Lives, 2011

PISA Culture Shock Charity Show Benefits Hashoo Foundation’s “Plan Bee”, 2012

Plan Bee”

The Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming Plan Bee” Project was initiated by the Hashoo Foundation in 2007, to empower women in the remote areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral in Northern Pakistan by expanding employment opportunities and generating a stable source of income through the sale of high-quality honey. Hashoo Foundation’s ability to connect the producers to the market is what makes this project one of the most effective economic empowerment projects in Northern Pakistan.

To date, Hashoo Foundation’s Plan Bee” has trained 949 women in honeybee farming and developed a honey value chain of the micro entrepreneurs. Training courses are taught in the local languages and cover all aspects of the beekeeping, including beehive management, the extraction process, hygienic packaging, transportation of beehives, logistics and marketing. 3,089 beehives have been distributed and 50,000 kg. (110,000 lb.) of honey produced and sold to the market. More than 1,200 girls and boys are now attending quality schools as a result of this project. The project has enabled over 7,500 dependents to have better health, nutrition and education.

Background &

Achievements

In 2012, Hashoo Foundation adopted the Honey Business Group” model. This approach is cost effective, easily managed, provides the business group members the opportunity to share knowledge, and minimizes risk factors as the women increase their capacity to face challenges collectively. This can motivate the business group to develop and adopt strategies collectively to promote the sustainability of their enterprises.

Hashoo Foundation USA and partner organizations aim to help the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services’ Community Garden project replicate – in Houston -- the Hashoo Foundation’s Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming “Plan Bee” project to help refugees from Bhutan, Burma and Congo expand their employment opportunities and generate a source of secondary income through the sale of high-quality honey.

Hashoo Foundation has been providing skills development training, education, health and humanitarian assistance to Afghan refugee communities in Pakistan since 1988.

About Hashoo

Hashoo Foundation USA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization affiliate of Hashoo Foundation in Pakistan. The Foundation’s mission is to enable and empower communities to be independent by facilitating equitable access to opportunities through economic development and education. The mission of the organization has been accomplished through donations to Hashoo Foundation’s programs in Pakistan.

Hashoo Foundation (HF) is an international NGO registered in Pakistan with its headquarters in Islamabad since 1988. HF has developed into a progressive international non-profit organization. HF has attracted new partners and donors, which have enabled the expansion of its programs and

Foundation USA

 

geographical scope to other areas of the country. From its inception in 1988, HF ‘s programs have directly impacted 505,689 people (304,688 women and girls & 201,001 men and boys) throughout Pakistan:

- Economic Development Program has impacted 7,013 people (6,705 women & 308 men)

- Skill Development Program has impacted 65,939 (35,268 women & 30,671 men)

- Education Program has impacted 5,319 people (2,474 women & 2,845)

- Humanitarian Assistance and Emergence Relief Program has impacted 427,418 people (260,241 women & men 167,177)

Today, Hashoo Foundation is leading the way in human development and poverty alleviation by empowering communities to be independent through facilitating equitable access to opportunities and implementing viable economic development, educational, humanitarian assistance and skills development programs in Pakistan.

“Plan Bee”

Hashoo Foundation’s successful Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming “Plan Bee” Project has been recognized for its sustainability for local and international organizations:

Recognitions and

Awards

- Hashoo Foundation's Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming Project is a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Featured Commitment TEDx Houston Talks by Cristal Montañéz Executive Director Hashoo Foundation

- Jefferson Awards Youth Service Challenge Winner for providing students in Houston with the opportunity to engage in sustainable economic as a tool to empower communities and alleviate poverty.

Contact Information

Cristal Montanez Baylor, Executive Director +1 (713) 483 4990 cristalmontanez@hashoofoundationusa.org 9575 Katy Freeway Suite 490. Houston, TX 77056

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