On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you, our Guest of Honour and all our Guests to this function for the pygmy rally when we are celebrating 10 years as a Diocese.
Our Guest of Honour I would like to inform you that this is the first of its kind for the pygmies to be given a special recognition for a whole day.
On this note, I would like to thank God who gave our Bishop and Diocesan staff a vision to set aside a special day for the pygmies indicating that that God.does not discriminate.
Our Guest of Honour we chose to have this pygmy rally to be held at this particular place because it is adjacent to Bwjndi forest where it is said most of the Batwa originate. Secondly, it is the sub-county where we find the majority of the pygmies. We also wanted to show you the Health centre which has been built for the pygmies, where even the local people get treatment as well.
Previous status of Pygmies.
Our Guest of Honour allow me to extend our sincere appreciation to the Bishop the Rt.Rev. John Wilson Ntegyereize and the Movement Government for their initiative to bring these pygmies from the forest. ie. out of the bush. Our special thanks go to the Bishop who got us friends of Kinkiizi in buying land for the pygmies for resettling them and even built for them houses at Kitariro and Byumba resettlement camps.
I would like to register our further appreciation to the movement government for creating peace in the country which enabled foreigners and Non-Governmental Organisations to come and join hands in the resettlement of pygmies. Land was also bought in the Camps of Kihembe, Karehe, Bikuuto and Mpungu. l am happy to say that these pygmies have built houses for themselves and now they have shelter. We only request government and Non-governmental Organisations to provide improved shelter like Iron roofed houses.
Allow me once again to thank the missionaries who have also played a big role in the resettling of pygmies through Kinkiizi Diocese. On this note, special thanks go to Dr.Scott and Carol Kellerman for the great work they are doing.
Our Guest of Honour, allow me to mention what the pygmies have achieved, some of which have been displayed.
I again take this Honour to thank you, for coming and join with us on this first pygmy rally as we celebrate 10 years as a Diocese. We thank you our Guest of Honour for allowing to come and preside over this rally. Special thanks go to Bishop and Dr.Scott and Carol Kellerman for the good work done for the pygmies. I further thank Dr. Scott and Carol Kellerman for the funds raised for this function to take place.
May God Bless you all.
Chairman Organizing Committee
Pictures of the Celebration:
Singing and Dancing:
Pictures of the Kellermans and the Bukoma Clinic: