Its interesting how life works sometimes. Decisions, risks, all leading you to something. But this story isn't about us. It's about the future of the Batwa. The Batwa are an indigenious trible in Uganda who have faced many challenges. They once lived in the forests of Uganda, bordering Rwanda and the Congo. There, they hunted, built homes, and created communities within the trees. They lived this way for several generations.
Their first hurdle came when the government declared the forests part of the national conservation, forcing the Batwa out. Having no other choice, they attempted to live among the community, where they were greeted with resistance. A civil war broke out. Not having many options, they attempted to retreat back to the forests.
The Batwa maintain land, cook, and clean. Having to "fetch water" means a two hour hike down the hillside, carrying a 5 gallon bucket on their heads, barefoot, usually with a child wrapped on their back. Though they do it without complaining and with dignity what will happen to the future of these people with limited resources, and little education? What will be left?
This is where "Foundation First"
comes in. "Foundation First"
is dedicated to building schools in rural villages worldwide. Our mission is to provide education to those who need it most. We would like to have each of our schools self sufficient within 4 years of construction. We teach children the importance of agriculture, and we teach parents the importance of educating children. Essentially, a barter system is created, and the school will continue to flourish.
Currently we are working on constructing a primary school for the Batwa, two hours outside of Kabale, Uganda, in Kacerere, A community so remote, it is often not found on a map.
The school is equivalent to grades 1 through 7 in the United States. Children will learn to read, count, and spell, as well as learning agricultural and life skills. Upon completion of this project, we will be seeking other possible locations.
Education is the only way to combat extreme poverty, and a child can make better for themselves, family, and community with an education.
Thank you for your time, please visit our website "http://www.buildingforchange.org"
for more details.
Founder and Executive Director