THE MAYAN MELIPONA BEE SANCTUARY PROJECT
Support for The Melipona Stingless Bees and their Maya Bee Tenders of Yucatán and Mesoamerica.
Preserve Ancient Traditions
Aid in the protection and continuance of more than 3200 year old tradition of Mayan Melipona bee tending, preserving a vital part of our global heritage system.
Create New Bee Yards
Fund the establishment of new Melipona Stingless Bee Sanctuaries, actively combating the decline of these critical pollinators and supporting ecological sustainability.
Empower Maya Beekeepers
Offer support and resources for the pioneering women of Yucatán launching their own honey cooperatives, promoting gender equality and economic growth.
Our Objectives: Preserve, Empower, Establish
Together, we can conserve the ancient Mayan beekeeping practices, empower women beekeepers, and create new sanctuaries for the Melipona bee. Our commitment is to cultural preservation, gender equality, and ecological sustainability, driving significant change in the Yucatán Peninsula and beyond. Your support can make this vision a reality.
The Mexican Yucatan is home to the Mayan Stingless Melipona bee, also known as Xunan Ka’ab, which translates to “Royal Lady Bee” in the Mayan language. This region boasts a documented tradition of honey harvesting that dates back 3,200 years. Xunan Ka’ab is the only honey bee native to North America and is recognized by its distinctively unique, pyramid-shaped comb. The Melipona bees play a crucial role as rainforest pollinators and pollinators of indigenous fruits and crops.
Women of the Yucatan have recently begun establishing honey cooperatives, innovating from what was once a practice exclusive to men. This development has encouraged some women to create their own Melipona Honey Bee Sanctuaries and honey businesses, thereby continuing the preservation of ancient Maya bee-tending practices.
Join us in our mission to “Bee the Future” and help grow a network of Meliponarios throughout the Yucatan and Mesoamerica. With your assistance, we can achieve a vast corridor of pollinator sustainability.
Stingless, not Harmless
While Melipona bees are stingless, they are not defenseless. They have been known to bite intruders and emit a pheromone that signals other bees to join in the defense, protecting their hives effectively.
The Healing Honey
Melipona honey is revered for its medicinal properties. Traditionally used for eye conditions, respiratory infections, and wounds, it’s a testament to the bees’ invaluable contribution to health and wellness.
The Sanctuary Project: A Safe Haven for Melipona Bees
Our Mayan Melipona Bee Sanctuary Project is a multifaceted initiative dedicated to empowering women, protecting the Melipona bees, and preserving ancient Mayan culture. We provide women with the resources they need to start their own bee apiaries, establish new sanctuaries to maintain healthy bee populations, and facilitate the sale of rare and valuable honey. With your contribution, we can continue to promote economic growth, ecological balance, and cultural sustainability. Donate today to make a lasting impact.
Bee Impactful: How Your Donations Help
MayanMeliponaBee.org has a clear vision to nurture the delicate Melipona bees and the dedicated women beekeepers of Yucatán and Meso-America.
Our project, designed with a budget of $9,000 per village, hopes to receive donations for five villages annually from 2023 through 2028. Each donation directly influences the sustainability and prosperity of these communities, enabling us to continue in our mission.
Baby Hive $100
Help us nurture the future by funding a baby hive. Your donation supports the early stages of a bee's life cycle, giving it a strong start.
Melipona Bee Hive $300
Support the core of our mission with a Melipona Bee Hive. Your contribution will fund an entire hive of these amazing creatures.
Training Education $500
Provide resources for our training programs. With your help, we can educate more individuals about the importance of bees and hive maintenance.
Honey Marketing for Cottage Industry $1,000
Give small-scale honey producers a boost. Your donation will go towards marketing initiatives to help them reach wider markets and sustain their livelihood.
Monthly Sanctuary Upkeep $1,500
Maintain our bee sanctuary. Your contribution helps us provide a safe and nurturing environment for our bees.
Bee Meliponario Construction $4,500
Help build a new home for our bees. This fund goes towards the construction of a Meliponario, a special enclosure designed for Melipona Bees.
MMB.ORG Bee Caretaker Maintenance $16,000
Ensure our bees get the care they need. Your donation will support our bee caretakers, essential figures in the upkeep and preservation of our hives.
New Bee The Future Maya Education Center $30,000
Make a lasting impact by funding a new Education Center. This center will serve as a hub for learning and discovery about the importance of bees and the Maya beekeeping tradition.
Donation amounts are rough estimates, giving you a sense of how your contribution might be used. Your support, at any level, directly impacts the well-being of Melipona bees and the preservation of Mayan practices.
Our Impact Counter
REBECCA ANN ROBERTSON
Rebecca Ann Robertson, a veteran bee tender and community activist, resides in Asheville, North Carolina, USA.
She holds numerous positions, including:
- Committee member of Asheville Sister Cities Valladolid-Mexico
- Team Bee member at the College of the Melissae
- Leadership committee member for Bee City USA/Asheville
- Board member at the Center for Honeybee Research
Rebecca has journeyed extensively, visiting bee temples globally that preserve ancient traditions and sacred beekeeping practices.
She conceptualized and founded the Mayan Melipona Bee Sanctuary Project after being invited in 2020 to represent Bee City USA/Asheville, NC in a delegation traveling to Asheville’s Sister City of Valladolid, in Yucatan, Mexico.
Rebecca’s connection to the Melipona bees and their female keepers was immediate, inspiring her to find ways to support her beekeeping sisters, allowing them to grow and thrive both economically and culturally.
Mayan Melipona Honey
Melipona bees and their medicinal honey have become a scarce and considered a precious commodity. We have make it out passionate purpose to revive the old Mayan tradition of beekeeping as well as prevent the demise of melipona bees and the traditional Maya beekeeping culture.
Experience the rare and precious Blessed Mayan Melipona Honey, a 100% pure organic honey sourced from our melipona beecheii beehives in the Yucatan.
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We’ve long admired those dedicated to the Melipona Stingless Bees of the Yucatán. When someone like Angelina Jolie champions the cause, the world takes notice.
Founding Director Rebecca Ann Robertson talks about the importance of Melipona bees in the ecosystem of the Yucatan, the unique health benefits of melipona honey,