Integration of Batwa and Other Ethnic Groups

Year Execution: 
2010
Country: 
Burundi
Organization in Charge: 
ACTION BATWA – MISSIONARIES OF AFRICA
USD: 
40,000
Nº of Families helped: 
51
Zone: 
Rural
Description: 

In a village near Bujumbura 400 batwa and refugee families from other tribes live in bad conditions. This project starts to integrate these ethnic groups into the Burundian society by building houses. Out of the 51 families who received shelter, 20 families are Batwa and 31 others are Hutus and Tutsi. Priority was given to families with many children, orphans, and one parent families. By providing a chance for these different tribal groups to work together it was possible to bring about social integration, peace, and harmony. As in former projects, families were directly involved by making the bricks for their homes. Builders and carpenters come from neighboring villages and receive a just salary to take care of their families. So, more than 500 persons direct or indirectly benefitted from this project. Action Batwa will now continue assisting the community by providing social services such as health and education, and create income generating activities. The local administration is getting more and more involved, and now leads the process of economic and social integration of these families. Civil and political rights and responsibilities are discussed on site, and the administration is showing interest to get involved in this integration project. Contact: Fr. Elias MWEBEMBEZI Mwebembezielias@yahoo.fr