Bees & Refugees was founded in 2020 by Ali Alzein, to support newly settled refugees in London.

Ali, originally from Syria, arrived in the UK as a refugee in 2014, escaping the brutality and destruction cause by the Syrian government. Ali, who began work in London’s luxury fashion industry would regularly return to refugee camps to volunteer whilst jugging his job.

Inspired by his grandfather, a farmer who kept bees in Syria, Ali began keeping bees in London to help with his own mental health and decided to use beekeeping to support others who faced similar experiences.