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.
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.
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.