Batwa Settlement

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Currently around 18 Batwa families live about 4km from Mount Gahinga Lodge on a tiny rocky site at Musasa, in makeshift huts with poor sanitation and drainage.

In 2016 VSPT purchased 2.1 acres of land for $7,000 to create a new settlement for the Batwa. In November 2016 the community was consulted on the settlement, to be designed by Praveen Moman, working in partnership with Felix Holland from Studio FH Architects, who have kindly agreed to work pro bono on the project.

The goal is to provide simple family units, with communal facilities and space to grow crops. Houses with a volcanic stone base with mud and wattle are likely to form the core of the design. Water is a key issue, to be addressed by rainwater harvesting. Basic sanitation is to be provided.

A budget and detailed plans are being prepared for the settlement. It is estimated the settlement will cost between $35,000 to $50,000. This will be funded entirely by the VSPT, supported by VS and any private donations VSPT may receive.

We expect to start this settlement in early 2017 and finish the first phase by mid-2017.

The goal is to provide simple family units, with communal facilities and space to grow crops. Houses with a volcanic stone base with mud and wattle are likely to form the core of the design. Water is a key issue, to be addressed by rainwater harvesting. Basic sanitation is to be provided.

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