The Batwa

Zadok's Story

Zadok

Zadok is the great grandson of Katuregye, a former ruler of the whole area of south Uganda who was allied to the Batwa as warriors. Zadok is the first member of his clan to achieve an education to degree level. He is a guardian to the Batwa and is promoting their development.

“The Batwa remember, sing, dance and praise the help that you at Afrinspire have given us”.

The Batwa, also known as pygmies due to their small stature, are a marginalised ethnic minority living in South-Western Uganda. After mistreatment by the British colonisers in 1914, the clan developed a serious inferiority complex and isolated itself from developing. As a result, around 40% do not feel safe in the areas they have settled.

Traditionally tropical rainforest dwellers, the Batwa have been systematically evicted from their natural habitat due to conservationists creating National parks to preserve forest and gorillas. Owning no land, they have had to squat amidst other hostile communities and adapt to a very different lifestyle.

Afrinspire supports 3 small Batwa communities, totalling 60 families, with a succession of small donations and support at times of critical need. Land has been purchased and rented for building houses and planting crops. Key community leaders have been supported. Nearly 200 African hoes have been donated, along with seeds, other tools, and a selection of livestock.

 

The progress is visible: most of the community are now clothed, when they initially had only rags; many houses now have corrugated sheet roofs; and 60% of their children have been through or are in primary education, compared to less than 40% of their adult population. The first Batwa girl entered secondary school in 2009, sponsored by Afrinspire.

Afrinspire is now raising funds to buy another portion of land for the Batwa to settle on, as many families still have nowhere that they can call their own. This land will give them security for their family and somewhere to farm to support themselves.

What you can do

- African hoes, costing just £2, are critical in helping families to grow crops to become self-reliant.

- £50 will buy enough land for a Batwa to build a home and live in security.

Visit our donations or fundraising pages to see how you can help

Elderly Batwa Man Dancing as the Batwa celebrate Batwa child with school supplies