Since September 2014, Redemption Song Foundation has had its office, staff housing and community center for the Batwa in a lovely one-story house in Buhoma, a few kilometers from the main entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – the ancestral forest homeland of the Batwa people – and just down the hill from Kalehe village, where the Batwa we work with live.
The house has a beautiful large yard, with banana, plantain, avocado, and mango trees, and a pineapple plantation. Alas, the owner recently sold the house and sadly, he also passed away last month. As a result, RSF has found itself suddenly without a home for the future.
The RSF House has provided a safe place for the Kalehe Batwa kids to play soccer (“football” in Uganda) and Frisbee, to do cartwheels in the yard, and to come inside to watch movies, color and play with toys and read books.
Every week, the RSF house welcomes all the Kalehe Batwa kids to our Educational Soup Kitchen — feeding them a protein-rich meal,...
IT’S BEEN SO HARD TO KEEP THIS SECRET - RSF recorded the Kalehe Batwa dancing and chanting and holding signs for this super cool and very important video with world-famous musicians and climate activists to promote the upcoming UN climate conference in Paris. It released yesterday – the Batwa are at the very end [after credits] dancing and singing. Thanks to my RSF staff member Kim for recording it.
From press release: "A chorus of superstar voices—including Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Sean Paul, and Colbie Caillat—join forces on this inspirational pop anthem. All proceeds from each sale of the single featured on this page will be donated to Friends of the Earth U.S. and the United Nations Foundation.”
“In addition to the song’s release, Executive Director Jerry Cope, has also produced and co-directed a “lyric video” premiering September 11, which will feature breathtaking film from around the world by award-winning cinematographer L...