Great Nyamyumba: Homes
All Mabawa houses in the "Great Nyamyumba" are built on the same pattern: sometimes they vary by a few square meters when the family is larger (mothers-in-law, cousins, lonely grandparents, or welcomed orphans) but always composed of 1 living room, 2 or 3 rooms, a kitchen (external at the beginning and now internal, with a stove) and latrines. From 2005 to 2018, 113 houses have been made.
Each family also receives beds, benches and small furniture. With microcredit, families can install electricity or add a matted ceiling.
The construction of a house takes 1 month of work.
113 houses have been built since November 2005 with the support of the Ambrosoli Foundation, Fondazione Margherita, private sponsors and foundations, Fondazione R.R per l'Aiuto Umanitario and Canton Ticino.
Among these are also the houses of the Pygmies-Batwa on the hill of Kajagali whose story is particularly touching for us: after a visit to the project, Fondazione Margherita adopted with a significant gesture and on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the entire reconstruction of the houses for the 15 families (100 people) and then 15 houses (7 semi-detached and one single-family) were subsequently completed.
2021: 5 new houses in Kajagali
In 2020 and 2021, the government installed new Pygmy families in Kajagali Hill, in line with the new homes of 'our' Batwa Pygmies.
The houses, built in 'umuganda' (community work) were of very poor quality.
Mabawa, which has been following the principle of equal resources and opportunities for all for years, decided to rebuild them.
The work was completed in 2021 and the new group of Pygmies lives in the new houses on Dignity Street.