In late November, author Beth Revis (Across the Universe) announced plans to donate $1 from every December sale of her most recent novel, The Body Electric, to World Vision’s beekeeper program. With 394 readers contributing to the cause, Revis and her readers were able to donate two beehives and $100 worth of equipment to families in need.
World Vision is a charity organization dedicated to providing long-term solutions to poverty and injustice by giving struggling families the resources they need to support themselves.
“I researched World Vision as a charity after discovering that some organizations give a much smaller percentage of donations to the people in need, keeping a chunk for the organization. World Vision had a great ratio of funds going to the people in need versus funds used to support the organization. One of my favorite [World Vision] programs is directed at helping girls avoid or get out of human trafficking situations. It’s such a taboo topic to even discuss, but World Vision is present in the cities where the problem is most prevalent, working to help save these girls,” said Revis.
Through World Vision’s beehive program, families can receive their own beehives, beekeeping equipment and training in the care and handling of honeybees. Bees are a significant recurring image in The Body Electric, and while working on the novel, World Vision’s beehive program caught Revis’ eye.
“Many people in developing nations–particularly those run by women who cannot leave small children at home–need a way to support themselves from their homes. The beehive program is perfect for that–the whole family can help produce and sell honey. Additionally, bees have been struggling world-wide, so the program not only supports a family and community, it also supports nature as well. It’s the epitome of win-win-win,” said Revis.
The Body Electric is a science-fiction novel set in the same universe as Revis’ bestselling Across the Universe trilogy. The novel follows Ella Shepherd, a teenager who has dedicated her life to using technology developed by her mother to help others relive happy memories. When her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, the leader of the rebels claims that he and Ella used to be in love — even though Ella’s never met him before in her life.
Revis wrote The Body Electric as a way to give something back to her fans. When she announced the beehive program as another means of giving back to the community, she saw immediate support from readers.
“It was great to see them care about a way to give back. Many readers had never heard of World Vision before, and so the program helped spread the word about this charity organization. But beyond that, I think it really helped people to see charity in a new light: it’s not about just giving money, it’s about helping people help themselves,” said Revis.