Rwanda Healing Project 2022
Barefoot Artists has long been committed to community building through art, economic development, and innovative actions since 2004 in Rwanda. Starting in 2007, we have been sponsoring land purchasing and rental for the poverty-stricken the indigenous Twa population, building vegetable gardens, teaching basic health, farming method and nutrition to all the villages we have worked with.
Our program has lifted a total of 1365 young and old members from 339 families in eight small remote villages spread out in the west province of Rubavu. We aim to help the people in the remaining six villages in Rubavu in the coming years.
We are grateful to Jean Bosco Musana, our colleague of 18 years, who is lovingly called Papa Bosco by the Twa for his compassion and guiding wisdom.
Listen to the heart-thumping song of joy, collaborative farming, and future harvest!
Testimonies from Cyanzarwe and Busigari villagers
Preserving culture and memory through repainting Rugerero Pottery mural
Rugerero Twa was the first village we worked with in 2007. We sponsored and built with the villagers a unique pottery art center endowed with a colorful mural designed by Lily Yeh to celebrate the local dancing culture. Unfortunately, the mural has faded and was in need of restoration.
This past fall, guided remotely by Yeh and locally by Papa Bosco, local artist Nsabiyumva Ismael and villagers especially children have successfully brought the mural back to color and vibrancy. It is once again the aspiration and pride of the village.