When it comes to helping others, RSF doesn’t skip the middle. We want to make sure that the Batwa individuals in this village receive solar lanterns, cell phones, and that the families get complete solar power systems with a solar panel, a charge controller, a rechargeable battery, and lights in every room and outside. We want to make sure that every kid in the village can read their books on rainy days and complete their homework at night — not to mention that they can eat their dinner and see it! RSF is helping give "Power to the People" — solar power!
Developing Africa in a way that does not harm the environment is incredibly important in the era of climate change. And solar power helps bring light to the Batwa's homes at night so they do not have to scrounge around looking for things with 500 shilling flashlights that break and barely work. The kids can do homework and read books. THIS IS HUGE!
Even if you grew up poor in America, you almost certainly had electricity — you had lights. With no running water, no electricity, no traditional education, and no access to their traditional source of food in the forest, the Batwa are facing extreme poverty the likes of which most people in the U.S. can't really imagine.
My physician husband, two younger daughters, and I spent 5 weeks in Uganda in 2016. While my husband did anesthesia for surgeries at Bwindi Community Hospital, the girls and I began spending time with Wendee and the children at Redemption Song Foundation (RSF). We became aware of the challenges the Batwa people are facing, helped publicize Wendee’s fundraising efforts for safe drinking water, and assisted in constructing a mud hut for a family (through the Batwa Development Program).
Because we lived in northern British Columbia, we were accustomed to long winter nights – sunrise after 9 am and sunset before 4:30 pm. However, until we experienced life in Uganda, we hadn’t experienced true darkness. The dark that descended shortly after 6 pm felt thick, almost three-dimensional. Unlike the local people, we had flashlights to help guide us up the 2 kilometer dirt road from the guest house (where we ate our meals) to our accommodation. Even with the flashlights, it was disconcerting, parti...