GoU and BMCT acquires 406 acres of land, resettles 300 Batwa households and constructs60 houses.

The Government of Uganda with assistance from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and BwindiMgahingaConservation Trust (BMCT) have acquired 406 acres of land estimated at Shs 4.06bn for the Batwa who had not accessed land.

These included the land less communities in the districts of Kabale, Kanungu, Rubanda and Kisoro which has made 43.6% of the Batwa own land.

The Trust Administrator Dr.Wilson Bamwerinde said this is part of  BMCT Livelihoods Improvement Project  aimed at   supporting  communities to reduce pressure  on protected areas.

“About 300 households   have been resettled (out of the total of 766)and 60 houses constructed.    The purpose of supporting the Batwa is  toprovide alternative sources of income to reduce dependence on the forests” He said.

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Over 760 Batwa pupils receive scholastic materials

Over 760  Batwa pupils from BwindiMgahinga Conservation  Area (BMCA)have received   scholastic materials as part of government and donar  efforts to motivate and retain children in schools and  improve the community  literacy rates. The scholastic materials were supplied by BwindiMgahinga Conservation Trust (BMCT)

BMCT was established by a Trust Deed in 1994 to support research and community development projects that promote conservation of  the biodiversity of Mgahinga Gorilla and Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Parks, an ecosystem in which half of the remaining  population of mountain gorillas in the world reside.

BMCT Trust Administrator Dr. Wilson Bamwerinde  said, the Batwa have strongly benefitted from the educational support given to them by the BMCT.

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BMCT Supported Mutwa girl joins University: Used as an education advocate

One of the supported Mutwa girl who has been supported by BMCT over the years  with tuition and other relevant school materials completed Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE).

A 20 - year old ScorahTumwebaze  is a first year students pursuing  Bachelor of Social Works and Social Administration (SWASA) at Uganda Christian University, Bishop Barham Campus in Kabale.

Tumwebaze, who is the last born in  a family of four ( 3girls and a boy) was picked and supported by BMCT  from Kashasha Primary School in Kabale  while in Primary four  and transferred to Shalom Foundation Nursery  and Primary school in Kisoro.

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Batwa households receive sheep

Households  of the KabareBatwa Settlement Association in Rukongi parish Nyarusiza Subcounty in Kisoro  district  have been given sheep  to improve their livelihood.  The communities were first sensitized and asked to write proposal which were vetted at the parish level.

16 sheep worth shs.1.6 million was given to families by the BwindiMgahingaConservation Trust (BMCT) in conjuction with the Kisoro  Local Government officials on 3rdNovember 2016.

The Nyarusiza Community DevelopmentOfficer Kisoro district TumwebazeAnnete said the committee at parish level vetted  for six projects and finally three  got support after vetting at the sub county level.

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