First, the Batwa lived in "huts" like the one in the photo. Then we built mud/clay homes that used a kind of "sticks" to create semi-permanency . NOW, we want to build permanent brick homes for the stable families of Kalehe village.
I came to Uganda in Jan 2014 as a journalist (wendeenicole.com ) and was so moved by the plight of the Batwa tribe that I sold my house in the U.S. and moved there to start my nonprofit charity/ministry Redemption Song Foundation (redemptionsongfoundation.org — a 501c3 U.S. nonprofit).
The Kalehe Batwa were the "forgotten" village that no one felt could be helped. We've gotten kids in school, gotten clean water, started agriculture projects and planted 1,000 trees. We need your help to keep going.
Each home will get an "eco-stove" that reduces their need for firewood and they will also get goats, which will help with their protein needs and also provide manure that can fertilize the crops we recently planted — coffee as well as vegetables, beans, and more. They already have solar panels from two years' past Power to the People campaign, and these will be transferred over to the new homes.
We want to build three brick homes and maybe four if funds allow. Each home is $1500 and any extra funds above what we need for homes will go to agricultural education, staff funding, supplies, and food relief.
We are working to build livelihood projects so they can sell vegetables and other items to make enough money to support themselves independently. That's the goal! We need your help!
I believe our work is inspired by the calling of Jesus Christ on my life and to serve and while I'm now living back in the U.S. we have an amazing Ugandan staff (including one Batwa young man) and we have seen such great changes in cooperation, physical health, hygiene and how they care for their children and one another!
The Kalehe Batwa have become my family. Let's improve lives and spread God's love.
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me." -Matthew 25:35-36