The Batwa people of Uganda are conservation refugees. They were displaced when the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park was created to protect the Mountain Gorilla. While I usually spend most of my energy directly supporting conservation, I think we also have an obligation to help those people who were displaced by conservation efforts.
My friend Alex Byomugabe has been working tirelessly with the Sanuriro Batwa Community to help them learn farming techniques and develop new skills for the future. They are not looking for a handout, just a hand-up!
While there is much that we can do to help them, one thing that they desperately need is a cottage for people who want to visit and volunteer to have a place to stay. Alex has designed the building and has already started work on building it. The Batwa people are providing all of the labor needed to build it, but they need funding to cover the materials. While he has received some donations, they still need $1,600 to complete the project. Please join me in helping him to help them!
All funds raised will go to the Sanuriro Batwa Community Development Association. This is an organization that was set up to benefit the evicted Batwa people who were sent out of their Homelands after the government classified the forest as a National Park to protect the mountain gorillas.