By Alex Gahima
What an eventful week this has been. Kisoro was trending on twitter for, “you know what”, and for those who had fore sight, this was an opportunity to build on that momentum to do something worthwhile, while all eyes were still on Kisoro.
Kudos to Voice of Muhabura for garnering over 3,500 views on both stories about our ill-fated roadside couple.
Meanwhile, while all that was happening, a section of young professionals belonging to the Rotary Club of Mgahinga- Kisoro donated Clothes worth One Million Ugandan Shillings to the Batwa community of Rukeri in Nyarusiza Sub County, Kisoro district.
The move was inspired by one Laban Niyongabo, a radio pundit and self-made tour guide.
Laban says each time he visits the Batwa groups while taking tourists, he always finds them dressed in the same attire.
Niyongabo says, part of the clothes donated to the Batwa are from his own closet while the rest were gathered through mobilization among members of Mgahinga – Kisoro Rotary Club.
The Batwa of Rukeri are the only other Batwa Settlement that resettled close to Mount Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and survive off dancing for tourists. They do not own much land, if any and their lives are still a great risk.
“Each time I come to visit the Batwa I find their clothes are almost in tatters, some are almost naked. It is our plea that more people can donate whatever they have because these people are too needy”, Niyongabo emphasized
The Rotary Club of Mgahinga- Kisoro has been a trail blazer in recent months, taking the lead in humanitarian work during the prolonged lock down. They also conducted a free medical camp on Mutanda Island.
The chairman of Batwa Community of Rukeri Stephen Serutoke thanked the youth of Rotary who sacrificed their clothes to ensure they are able to have what to wear.
Rukeri Batwa community is made up of 50 households with 300 people.