The Batwa are an indigenous tribe who lived in forests in western Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Under pressure from conservation groups, the Batwa were expelled from the forest in 1991 to protect the endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Unfortunately the Batwa were offered little integration into wider society, this resulted in exploitation with the Batwa being used as a cheap source of labour. Having seen the Batwa's plight, Global Batwa Outreach (GBO) felt compelled to intervene.
GBO seek to empower the Batwa to develop marketable skills, both by starting a community school and by providing agriculture training to the community. COCO began partnering with GBO in 2015 and has initially worked to widen the scale on which the Batwa can cultivate.