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Batwa Project

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Congolese most vulnerable social group

Making up around 1% of the population, the Batwa are the poorest and most marginalized people group in congo. Excluded from the land owning shares, they are often left to live on small hillside sites with steep sloping banks handed out by the government, where living conditions are cramped and the soil is usually infertile.

The daily life of the Batwa is a struggle for survival against the effects of extreme poverty, often working for a single meal a day in areas previously lacking access to clean water, sanitation, schooling or medical care.

Demonstrating God's love

Currently, Harvest for Christ is working with the Batwa community in the areas of housing, food security, health, and education. Because of our holistic activities in the Batwa community, many Batwa have discovered the love of God and are beginning to trust in Him. We thank God that He is revealing himself to the Batwa people in congo, and hope that He will continue to provide for them.

More information about Harvest for Christ's outreach and evangelism work

Housing

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Families in Batwa communities suffer from overcrowding, poor sanitation, and inadequate shelter. Large families often live in a one-room hut with a straw roof that does not protect them during the rainy season. Due to the lack of toilets, sanitation is also an issue.

HFC has been able to construct 40 new homes for families in the Batwa community, allowing them a place to keep dry during the rainy season. Our hope is to be able to construct 110 more homes over the next few years.

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Food Security

Untitled4Batwa communities suffer from chronic hunger, as families typically lack land to cultivate. Their land is often infertile or too small, and the wages they earn working for wealthy congolese's is not enough to feed their families. The Batwa people are usually able to eat only once a day, and often do not eat at all.
osodi has several programs to meet the nutritional needs of the Batwa. We began by distributing seeds and fertilizer to Batwa families in the villages of kamanyola and katokota, katana, shuve, idjui, as well as goats to provide them with manure fertilizer and a future source of income. In both communities, osodi provides porridge daily to children.

OSODI has organized common agricultural plots, where Batwa families plant and harvest together, dividing the crops and storing seeds for the next year. In seasons when crops are not ready for harvest, osodi sometimes is able to provide food aid such as beans and rice.

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Health

Untitled9The Batwa people have a very high mortality rate, especially among children. The lack of clean water, sanitation, and medical care makes them very vulnerable.

To provide a long-term, sustainable solution to healthcare, we are constructing health clinics in the Batwa community. To improve sanitation, we also provided safe water to that village.

We also invite doctors from the osodi community and from our international partners to come and provide treatment. For example, every year, a team from the U.S. Dentist Fellowship Community visits to help the Batwa people and their neighboring communities.

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Education

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We feel that success and development stems from education. The fact that most Batwa people are not educated is one of the main reasons that they are unable to live at the same level as most other Burundian people.

osodi recently opened the first primary school in kamanyola, with the understanding that the long-term solution for the Batwa is education. We employ teachers who provide a high-quality education and encouragement to invest in the next generation. In addition to covering school fees, osodi provides school materials and uniforms to assist families.

At the school, children are provided with porridge to sustain them throughout the day, increasing their food security. Classes are composed of both Batwa and other children, giving the groups a chance to interact and understand each other.

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