The Batwa are an indigenous group of people who lived in Echuya and Bwindi Forests before 1991. They are found in Uganda, D.R Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Central African Republic.
In Uganda, they are found in kisoro, Kanungu, Bundiburyo, Kasese and Kabale Districts. In Kabale, where we work, they are found on the fringes of Echuya Forest, which was reserved for conservation purposes and consequently the Batwa that Lived by it and in it were evicted.This eviction was the most devastating thing that happened to their lives. They were dis empowered and made the poorest people in the community. They were landless, homeless, and they lived at the mercy of the community, a community that shuns them due to their pygmy ancestry.
Batwa Empowerment Project
GBO seeks to empower the Batwa and to strengthen the
community by developing sustainable solutions to their physical,
economic and social challenges
GBO’s work is two-fold:first, we provide tools which enable the
Batwa to become self-reliant and to break the cycle of
poverty and oppression. These tools range from agricultural
development to education to health care. Secondly, we provide
advocacy by creating awareness among community leaders and
by educating the entire community on human rights issues and
How we are Unique
Philanthropy is a double edged sword. Gifts which bestow
knowledge and create paths out of darkness represent the good
edge. Gifts which, however well intended, leave the recipient
always holding a hand out are the down side of benevolence.
GBO recognizes the need for sustainable solutions; since its
inception, every effort to aid the Batwa has undergone the
question: How will this lead to greater autonomy and productivity
in the long run? The initial relief had to come in the form of
tangible aid: gifts of land, building materials and animals. But one
does not rehabilitate a stroke victim by just feeding and medicating
him. The patient must be taught how to claim his life back. AS a charitable organization,we don't fall short of our goal to keep aware that saving involves teaching. At the heart of GBO is
empowerment through advocates, teachers, and mentors. This is
GBO’s work: teaching life skills and restoring a sense of worth to
the Batwa so that they may thrive.