Children of St.Joseph’s Rubuguri Primary school under care of Cherie Wilshire Foundation.Forced from Bwindi Impenetrable forest and their traditional way of life to make room for national parks and gorillas. Batwa people of Rubuguri in Kisoro district in southwestern Uganda are some of the most marginalized people in Africa. They live as squatters on the Native Bakiga and Bafumbira Irish potato, maize and sweet potato gardens usually found on the edges of national parks and forest, where they are used to guard against wild animals and pests that could destroy those crops. They build grass thatched huts with no doors where they live as family in each, day and night. At night, they light a fire to scare away dangerous wild animals that could eat them. Batwa community has struggled to catch up with modernity and seen their numbers decline to just a few thousands.Education, too, often remains uncertain, due to the conditions of poverty, lack of permanent settlement, poor health, and lack of food and other factors that most of them face. Our education support officers are now trying hard to bring Batwa children back to schools and integrate them into the formal education system. At the beginning of this academic year, we provided a dozen of books, pencils and pens to each of the 19 Batwa pupils of St. Joseph’s Rubuguri primary school, Including Naome who is the only Mutwa child in Grade seven in this school. By efforts of our chief dreamer Nakamanyi Jacent, our Programs manager Musamba Micheal and Edson Tumusime our Education support officer, these children are now finding a sense of community and family in this school.We believe big things can come in small packages and we are excited to see where education takes Batwa children.

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