Since 2006, emerge poverty free has supported 8 Batwa communities in Burundi. The Batwa are the third largest ethnic group in Burundi, formerly nomadic hunter gatherer forest dwellers. Now the forests are gone many struggle to adapt and compete because they are disadvantaged culturally and they lack the skills to farm the land.
With our local partner ARM Burundi, we have helped these communities develop through agricultural training and the creation of demonstration farms, empowering self sufficiency in crop yields and livestock farming. In addition to our agricultural work, emerge poverty free provides adult literacy classes, empowers them to build permanent homes and provides school kits and supplies for Batwa children to attend school.
Literacy makes a huge difference to people's lives. Imagine being able to read road and shop signs, newspapers or instructions for the very first time. Our adult literacy project is one of the most popular parts of our work in this village.
Batwa communities have been very successful in growing a variety of crops due to a very fertile land.
Batwa families make their own bricks and dry them in the sun. The bricks are then used to build permanent homes.