Sunday Joseph works with the Batwa community, a group of pygmies, and he stands a little over 4 feet tall. He lives in Uganda. Joseph was a community activist long before we connected with him. He created Village Aid Uganda to serve his community and helps about 300 people.
Batwa are notable for their short stature. They were a traditional hunter-gatherer tribe until the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was designated as a National Park in 1991 and the Batwa were evicted without compensation.They are now some of the poorest people in the world with a high infant mortality rate and low life expectancy.
As the original dwellers of this ancient jungle, the Batwa are known as “The Keepers of the Forest.” They survived by hunting small game using arrows or nets and gathering plants and fruit in the rain forest. The Batwa Pygmies are believed to be the original inhabitants of the equatorial forests of Central Africa for over 60,000 years.
Joseph needs about $1,000 to pay back food and medical expenses, as help was needed before money was available. He could certainly use more than that, but this is needed NOW.
Although not as dire as other situations, Joseph has a great opportunity. A wealthy man in his district is moving and willing to sell his land at a reduced price. The land includes a water tap that provides clean, consistently running, water, with enough land for farming.
The price of the land is a bit less than $5,000. We have already put a deposit down to hold the land. A water tank for about $1,000 is also needed to collect the water.