Bee Happy Raw Honey founders, Haroon Rasheed and Chris Rasheed, are deeply passionate about beekeeping and promoting the use of raw honey. They annually gift their honey to friends, neighbors, and first responders, and have taken their mission a step further in collaboration with Pakistani businessman Umer Ali Malik.
Together, they established the Serena Bee Museum in Neelishang, a mountain resort in the KPK region of Pakistan, with Umer Ali Malik offering a piece of land for the museum’s establishment. The museum’s objective is to educate people in Pakistan on the benefits of planting fruit trees and bee-friendly plants.
Having already delivered the first prototype of the museum in Lahore, the ground-breaking ceremony is expected to take place by the end of 2023. Haroon and Chris have been involved with urban gardening for years, helping their neighbors with environment-friendly landscaping and gardening practices. They are aware of the critical role bees play in the ecosystem and the devastation that could result from their predicted demise.
Lahore, Haroon’s birth city, has been severely impacted by climate change, experiencing floods and unprecedented temperature rises. With over 13 million inhabitants, it ranks among the top five most polluted cities globally, with air pollution causing over 128,000 deaths annually, and reducing the average life expectancy by four and a half years.
Haroon also plans to establish a Bee Museum and Bee Sanctuary in Solano/Sonoma county, California, to educate people on the importance of bees’ existence and provide training to new beekeepers. The museum aims to engage a new generation in the significance and joy of beekeeping.