Nothing inspires me more than charities which focus on children and their education.
My passion for children’s charities began back in 2015 when I was asked to be a State Director for the Uniform+1 campaign. Our Uniform+1 campaign to buy school uniforms for Liberian children to attend school broke Kickstarter’s fundraising records. Over $300k was raised in a span of weeks!
Having Shaquille O’Neal represent our Uniform+1 campaign was a highlight of my philanthropy experience. However, there is always more that can be done to help further education for children.
You can imagine my delight when I learned about a charity called the Karma Honey Project.The charity is focused on rebuilding the bee population through planting pollinating gardens and creating bee hives in Puerto Rico.
Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria, the population of Honey Bees and African Killer Bees in Puerto Rico have decreased significantly. According to a study by the University of California San Diego, bees are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops.
As a result of decreased bee populations, the survival of Puerto Rico’s food sources are threatened. Fortunately, the Karma Honey Project is working to solve this issue plaguing Puerto Rico.
The Karma Honey Project is focused on teaching the importance of these crucial pollinators through providing research hives for children at the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico.
My foundation currently sponsors the Boys and Girls Club of Benton County in my family's hometown: Bentonville, Arkansas. It is such a privilege to have the amazing opportunity to also sponsor the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico.
Through my sponsorship, the club youth will gain hands on experience to study an actual research hive. Finding a sustainable solution to increase Puerto Rico’s bee population will not be easy. This is why I encourage every reader to become involved in the Karma Honey Project.
We can make a difference in Puerto Rico’s bee population. We can also help guide and inspire our next generation of bee researchers.
“Worldwide Importance of Honey Bees for Natural Habitats Captured in New Report.” Translated by University of California San Diego, ScienceDaily, ScienceDaily, 10 Jan. 2018, www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180110101005.htm.