KANUNGU– It was a great, joyful and a Friday to remember to the Batwa settlers in Kanungu District when they received relief items from well wishers.
Bwindi Development Program (BDP), a Non Governmental Organisation based in Buhoma town council and Kinkiizi Diocese through Keriman Foundation on Friday 23rd July 2021 at Kitariro Primary school grounds gave out relief items worth Ugx 36,521,000 to 1,089 pygmies.
The relief distribution exercise that was officially launched by Eng. Sam Kajojo, the Kanungu district Boss and a member of the district COVID-19 taskforce saw each beneficiary go back home with 8 kgs of maize flour, 4 kgs of beans,1 white bar soap, a sacket of salt and a face mask.
Sam Kajojo applauded the Kinkiizi Diocese and BDP for their good relationship with Keriman foundation and for transforming the Batwa lives stressing that the quality of this group in the area is totally different from those in other districts.
According to Kajojo, the Batwa in Kanungu are well educated, creative and modernised.
The district boss appealed to the Batwa Community to protect the girl child in order to avoid early marriages and early pregnancies for a better society.
Bishop Dan Zoreka, the Kinkiizi Diocesan Bishop used the function to congratulate the new District boss for attaining this office and encouraged him to work hard in order to meet people’s expectations with the help of God.
Zoreka extended his appreciation to the District task force chairperson RDC Hajj. Shafik Sekandi for the tireless efforts and cooperation with other leaders, technical staff who have made a great change in the district.
He appealed to the Batwa to remain focused other than selling off the food given to them as it may take them through months if economically used.
Bishop Zoreka applauded the late Diane Stanton who started the organisation and her husband Bishop Stanton assuring the Batwa of continuous support as promised by the team in America.
Can. Jovan Turyamureba, the BDP Executive Director noted that the aid targeted Batwa in the settlements of Kihembe, Kebiremu, Mpungu, Bikuto, Rurangara, Byumba, Kitahurira, Buhoma, Mukongoro, Bwanya and Nteko in Kisoro.