Hi, my name is Joel Rosenblum, and I am working with Nadia Lekeumo, a native Cameroonian who is helping a group of Baaka Pygmies that she has spent a lot of time with and considers to be her family. Let me explain a bit about why they need help and what kind of help we hope to provide without disturbing their culture.
As explained by Survival International
, indigenous cultures worldwide are threatened with extinction due to the encroachment of "civilization." The Pygmies in Africa in general are facing displacement and consequent slavery due to lack of recognition of their ancestral land rights. The Baaka Pygmy group that we are working with currently in Eastern Cameroon have contaminated river water which is causing some of them to die from typhoid, so working on that was our first priority.
Thanks to our generous donors, we have already funded ($5500 USD, or 3,5m in local currency) the drilling of a well to provide clean water, which will be done within a month or so. The well drilling contract is available upon request as proof of work, but we can't post it publicly due to the terms of the contract specifically prohibiting that. For any additional info, or to collaborate, please message Joel on Whatsapp at +12672702057 or you can talk to Nadia at +237692747897.
Our next fundraising objectives are:
*Buy a pick-up truck so Nadia and visitors will not have to walk 1200km to see our Pygmy brothers and sisters in the forest.
*Legalize our NGO, Friends of the Pygmies, so that our work will not be threatened by government bureaucracy.
*Buy land titles and make a food forest, so that the Pygmies will not be at the mercy of loggers, neighboring land-owners, and government projects which don't recognize their land rights.
Any of our donors will always be welcome to visit our food forest and spend quality time with our Pygmy brothers and sisters. Let us offer you a home away from home. ❤️
All humans deserve land, food, and water. But here is a little more info about what makes the Pygmies so special:
In Africa, one of the oldest cultures which still retains its ancestral forest mode of life, is known as the Pygmies (though the word is often used derogatorily, since it refers to their smaller size, there is not one better term which can replace it, since each group of Pygmies has its own name). While it may seem that the modern world has infinite knowledge to impart upon primitives, in fact, it is the so-called primitives which have an immense amount of inherited wisdom that the modern world has lost. Wisdom about living in harmony with nature. Wisdom about living happily with little. Wisdom about the value of remaining human in a world that is turning towards technocratic transhumanism
When one first meets the Pygmies, it is like some truth is unlocked within them about what it really means to belong to the human family, without wearing all the masks of modern society. After that glimpse, there remains a desire to fully realize what these people know about life, and to share that with the rest of the world. Interestingly, there is evidence
that the Pygmy culture is the origin of all human language and culture, including the biblical myth of the Garden of Eden.
Nadia and I started our NGO, Friends of the Pygmies, and our fundraiser (IbogaQueen) as a way of giving the Pygmies' gifts to the world while also endeavoring to give back to the Pygmies in the form of protection from the difficulties that are being imposed upon them.