Posted by: United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda | 23/10/2019


Just a week after Elias Segitondo and Scholar Tumwebaze had graduated from Bishop Barham University Kabale, UOBDU’s other sponsored child graduated on the 18th October, 2019.

Maritazari John from Kabale district, Murambo Batwa community graduated from Bishop Stuart University Mbarara with a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

                                             John on his graduation

John who scored a GPA of 3.85 which is a second upper class was among the 1064 students that graduated on that day.

Elias and John were mentored by UOBDU since their primary till university and they attribute their success to UOBDU since they could not have achieved this due to their poor background.

The award of degrees to Elias, John and Scholar conveyed so much joy and happiness that you could tell from the graduands, their parents, UOBDU staff and well-wishers.

The education committee of UOBDU was so excited towards this excitement for this great success and looking forward for even a greater achievement in the coming year as more Batwa will be enrolled in university.

This achievement has made UOBDU as an organization energized to work  more tirelessly  towards supporting the Batwa in education so that the Batwa community can be good leaders for a future tomorrow hence making a meaningful change.

Posted by: United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda | 17/10/2019

Joy and gratitude at UOBDU as a mutwa graduates with a degree in SWASA.

It was joy filled with gratitude as we all witnessed Elias Segitondo graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social administration (SWASA) on the 11th of October 2019 from Uganda Christian University, Bishop Barham Branch in Kabale.

On the same day Tumwebaze Scorah a female mutwa also graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in SWASA.

Elias, UOBDUS’s first graduate hails from Biizi village, Murora sub county, Kisoro district and is a son to Zimbeheire Richard and Ntawiha Kedress who are both Batwa.

                                                    Segitondo Elias

Having been under the sponsorship of UOBDU throughout his education, Elias managed to compete with the rest and scored a second upper class degree with a GPA of 3.79 hence this making him the first mutwa from Kisoro district to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree.

While describing his happiness, Elias expressed his special appreciation to God, UOBDU his parents and Donors for having helped him achieve this milestone which was not an easy task looking at the poor background that he comes from plus the high marginalization the Batwa face.

                                                  Elias and his parents

Come January 2020, Elias will be enjoying the fruits of education by working as a field assistant under Gorilla Organization.

UOBDU’s special thanks and gratitude goes to all that supported Elias in one way or another, financially, emotionally and academically.

More thanks go to Act and Empower that managed to pay Elias’s tuition through UOBDU and for continuing to help pay for other needy Batwa children in order to stay in school.

Posted by: United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda | 11/04/2019

Batwa overwhelmed by savings.

Batwa from   communities that are practicing agriculture under UOBDU recently received mattresses, goats, sheep and source pans out of their savings that they had made from the same project. The project helps them to earn and get something out of their savings.

                                         Some of the sheep received.

Under this project, the Batwa plant Irish potatoes, sell it, eat and also keep seed for sprouting.

These groups are Gatera Busanza, Rukeri in Nyarusiza, Mperwa and Kanyabukungu in Nyakabande, Biizi in Murora and Nteko in Nyabwishenya.  Each group had an option of what they wanted and choose to buy from their savings.

                               Mattresses and saucepans  that were received.

The group members who were overwhelmed by joy of obtaining mattresses and domestic animals expressed gratitude to UOBDU and Gorilla Organisation (the donor) that has helped them achieve this.

They vowed not to give up with their goals and keep on cultivating with high hopes of even achieving higher.

Posted by: United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda | 01/03/2019

Welcome Owamazima James to UOBDU family.

James joins UOBDU education project this 2019 as he begins his Ordinary level, having performed well under Universal Primary Education (UPE) .

James has been  being  supported by  an individual since his primary and  the same individual requested UOBDU to take him over as he could not manage to continue supporting him in education.

James has  thus joined St Andrews academy for his senior one (S.1).

We wish him all the best as he begins this new journey.

Posted by: United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda | 22/02/2019

UOBDU gets a soil testing Kit.

Happiness and enthusiasm overwhelmed UOBDU staff especially the agronomist as the soil testing kit was received at UOBDU office. This soil testing kit  will help improve yields in the agriculture project through incorporating  what nutrients are  lacking in the soil, after testing.

Through the agricultural project supported by the Gorilla organization a soil testing kit was one of the equipment requested  for this year to improve both the  yields and  harvest.

The kit was procured from Makerere University agriculture department  of soil science which is the sole producer of this equipment. The kit has reagents that help to test soil nutrients such as  Potassium, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, soil PH and organic matter.

                                                       UOBDU testing Kit.

As an organization we hope to test all the Batwa  hired gardens such that  we find  out the inadequate nutrients in the soils and help in applying the  missing nutrient(s) and fertilizers  so as to improve on the yields

UOBDU agronomist demonstrating on how to use the kit.

This is yet another milestone in the development of  UOBDU projects and Batwa in general.

Long live Gorilla organization .

Together a lot can be achieved.

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