—Stand by the Batwa—
A New Community Project effort
Batwa (one of the groups known as Pygmies) were the original inhabitants of forested areas of Uganda and Rwanda. Today they are among the most marginalized people in the world. They have been driven from their forest homes by large-scale farming or the establishment of nature preserves; locals and colonial powers have historically seen them as an “inferior race.” Even relatively recently, many have been enslaved and some actually killed for food in the DR Congo. As with displaced people everywhere, most now live in poverty and struggle to survive. And as is often the case, women bear the main responsibility for providing for families.
NCP is joining with partners in Rwanda and the DR Congo to reach out to Batwa women and girls to help them improve their lives. Our hope is to raise $27,000 during the fall of 2017.
—Goals of the Stand by the Batwa campaign—
The Batwa women we met—and who danced us into their communities—during our May 2017 Learning Tour are desperate but eager to find ways to improve themselves and their families and communities. Otherwise, their options are meager. A typical job for these women: hiring themselves out as “casual labor” to carry 150+ pound sacks of potatoes for a mile or more for $1.50 or less per day.
During meetings with them and with our partners, these priorities emerged:
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