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The Batwa Project


According to the 2002 population census, the Batwa population in Uganda is about 6000, with the majority living in the Southwestern districts of Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Bundibugyo and Rukungiri.
As a person who grew up in Kisoro, I interacted with the Batwa community at a tender age, some of whom we went to school together, this left me attached to them so much.

So in 1991,when the government implemented conservation projects to protect mountain gorillas, Uganda’s 6700-strong Batwa community were evicted from Slopes of Mount Muhavura and Bwindi impenetrable forests where they had lived for centuries.

There is nothing as painful as seeing as friend lose a home, these childhood memories made me grow up with a dream to make a difference in these Batwa communities when I grow up. In 2015 after running the Bashem Transporters Co. Ltd, I felt something was still lacking as far as achieving my dream towards making a difference in the Batwa community hence the birth of Bashem Safaris Batwa Project.

Background of the Batwa .

The Batwa, or ‘Twa people are one of the last groups of short-statured people also known as ‘pygmy’ people from the west, because of their height. They are one of the oldest surviving tribes in Africa, but their culture, identity and language are under increasing threat, Since the general perception about them by the public is that they are; barbaric, wild, uncivilized, untidy, ignorant, and above all else sub-human which has made them consistently excluded from the main stream of the society thus the continued marginalization.
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We agree. We believe that it is not possible to achieve long-term business success in a world which contains poverty, hunger and climate change. But can business really help drive a reboot of the current system? At Bashem Safaris East Africa, we think the answer is ‘yes’.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), launched by the United Nations in 2015, are an excellent vehicle for driving this change. They represent an action plan for the planet and society to thrive by 2030. They address poverty, hunger and climate change, among other issues central to human progress and sustainability.

  • Healthcare or Sanitation
  • limited access to education.
  • Sensitization on climate change
  • Sensitization on community sustainability projects