Why call it “The Honey Bee Trust”?
The honey bee colony is a remarkable model of order, unity, efficiency and industry producing one of the most nourishing products known to mankind – honey. From the age of 13 one of the founding trustees set up and ran an apiary of beehives. Around half of the honey produced was sold to local food stores to generate pocket money and reinvest in the enterprise with the remaining honey used for the family or given as gifts to friends. When setting up this charity it seemed appropriate to name it “The Honey Bee Trust.” The honey bee is a wonderful example of commitment, enterprise and efficient use of available resources. We strive to operate in the same way with the overriding objective to improve, enhance and advance the human condition in body, mind and soul through education, direct donations and the Christian faith.
Objectives and purposes of the charity
1. The advancement of education .
2. The advancement of the
3. The prevention or relief of poverty.
The Honey Bee Trust was set up by way of a Trust Deed on 23 December 2008 and granted charitable status as a charity registered in Scotland (number SC040479) from 12 May 2009.
The main funding comes from the net income generated by two cottages - one available for holiday lets and the other available for long term let. Both cottages are owned by The Honey Bee Trust.
Cathie’s Cottage, with a four star Visit Scotland rating, has three bedrooms and a spacious sun lounge. This cottage is sponsored by Dalvourn Holidays and offered for lets through its website www.dalvourn.com
Donations have also been received from individuals.
Achievements and Future Plans
Distribution of New Testaments
In November 2010, the Trustees embarked on a project to offer free copies of the New Living Translation (NLT) New Testament to primary 6 and 7 pupils in all state primary schools in the Highland region through their Head Teachers.
This offer was subsequently extended to all state primary schools across the 32 local authorities in Scotland with 36,140 NLT New Testaments distributed to pupils.
A second distribution throughout Scotland was extended to include primary 5 pupils as well as primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils in independent primary schools. This second offer was completed by 30 June 2014 with 32,103 copies presented.
The total distribution to date since November 2010 is 68,243 to 1238 primary schools.
A number of schools asked if the New Testaments could be used for their Religious and Moral Education (RME) classes with the pupils taking them home at the end of the term/year. The Trustees were happy to approve that proposal.
This project meets the stated charity objectives for both the advancement of education and the Christian religion.
Distribution of Bibles to RME Departments in Secondary Schools
In September 2014 the Trustees commenced a project to offer a free class set of New International Reader's Version Bibiles (NIrV) to the Religious and Moral Education (RME) departments of secondary schools in the Highland Region.
Many of the Principal Teachers of the RME departments welcomed and took up our offer. The Trustees therefore decided to extend this offer to all secondary schools within a further 4 selected local authorities in Scotland.
Financial Support for Secondary School Pupils in Uganda
The charity is also funding the full cost of school fees and a daily meal for 16 pupils (2 boys and 2 girls in each of the S1 to S4 years) in St.Philip's Nawaikoke College in Uganda. These students are from poorer backgrounds who would have difficulty funding ongoing education but show promising academic, musical or sporting abilities. Provided satisfactory year end school reports are achieved financial support will continue to the end of S4 for each student with 4 new S1 pupils being selected for funding each year.
The Trust also makes specific donations within its objectives, including the prevention or relief of poverty, where deemed appropriate by the Trustees.