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The Batwa forest pygmy tribe were evicted from their forest home so recently -- just in 1991 when Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks were established in SW Uganda, Africa. They were given no land or money in comp...
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Help the Batwa Pygmies of SW Uganda - Go Fund Me
The Batwa forest pygmy tribe were evicted from their forest home so recently -- just in 1991 when Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks were established in SW Uganda, Africa. They were given no land or money in compensation and have struggled to t...
The Batwa forest pygmy tribe were evicted from their forest home so recently -- just in 1991 when Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks were established in SW Uganda, Africa. They were given no land or money in comp...
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Please pass along to anyone who might be interested! 

The Redemption Song Foundation (RSF) is seeking a full-time volunteer to join us in Uganda for 3, 6 or 12 months, beginning summer 2015 (or earlier if you can). This is a full-time all-volunteer position. Join a growing team working on a very exciting project to align environmental sustainability with community livelihoods. We are a small but growing nonprofit with a big vision and a big heart. 

If grant money becomes available, this could turn into a full-time job down the road. 

The position involve working with indigenous Batwa pygmies who live in extreme poverty, as well as other marginalized communities. We work holistically to improve quality of life, health, and the environment — in the vein of the late Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom’s “Design principles.” Any given day, we may be making the steep trek to Karehe village to inventory houses and do community education, take HIV+ women to the hospital to ensure they receive their medicine, supervising latrine digging or mud-house-building, or (this is something we will be doing in the near future) tree planting for carbon sequestration projects RSF wants to get started, or working with Batwa children on our "educational soup kitchen” day.  Computer work may involve working on inventory of baskets and jewelery (part of an income-generating Artisan Co-op), communicating with donors and potential donors, and working on grants. 

An ideal candidate has a college degree in sustainable development,international development, sanitation engineering, or ecology (with an interest in sustainable livelihoods), some experience with living or at least traveling in developing nations, a positive, can-do attitude and a solid work ethic. I am flexible and we can implement new, innovative projects that the volunteer candidate has a special interest in. 

For more info about RSF visit http://www.redemptionsongfoundation.org, or the Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/redemptionsongfoundation. After earning a M.S. in Ecology (and “almost” a Phd in Ecology/Evolutionary Bio), I have worked as an environmental journalist and photographer for nearly 2 decades, and my growing interest in environmental justice issues led me here. A grant from Mongabay brought me to Uganda in Jan/Feb, and not long after, I sold my house in Houston and moved to Uganda permanently in September 2014.

RSF is a (US) 501c3 nonprofit organization with our “base” a few km outside of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to critically endangered mountain gorillas, as well as a small community of indigenous Batwa “pygmies.” The Batwa  are struggling to survive and thrive since the park’s creation.  Here’s an article I wrote about the situation before I moved here: http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/11/25/conservation-refugees-of-uganda-batwa-mountain-gorillas. (Note I didnt come up with that title and don’t like it!)

You will be required to pay your way here (airfares can be as low as $860 from the US to Uganda, plus transport from Kampala to Bwindi, which can be another $450 round trip airfare, or a $400 car hire). Very low-cost or possibly free housing is available. You may be required to pay a small monthly fee for food, though it will be cooked for you, if you wish. RSF headquarters are in a fairly remote village (the nearest bank is 1 hour away, for example), although it is simultaneously a hub for mountain gorilla tourists. We have no vehicles, but there are motorcycles to transport you, and there are several tourist lodges within 1 km of the headquarters that allow visitors for dinner or drinks. One of the best hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa is right here, Bwindi Community Hospital. The RSF house has solar power, hot water/showers, flush toilets, and everything you need to be comfortable after the sometimes tough field conditions. 

**Note – I am looking also for volunteers in the US who want to help with everything from social media to website updates/blogging to grant writing (write yourself a job!) so if you’re interested, let me know, email me at redemptionsongfoundation AT gmail DOT com. 
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Artisan Co-op photo album online!
The Redemption Song Foundation started two artisan co-oops benefitting the impoverished communities surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. One co-op serves Karehe village, home to 11 families of Batwa or Twa "pygmies", an indigenous people who were ...
The Redemption Song Foundation started two artisan co-oops benefitting the impoverished communities surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. One co-op serves Karehe village, home to 11 families of Batwa or Twa "pygmies"...
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my latest story published at Take Part
Forest dwellers known as Pygmies were evicted when their homes became national parks a generation ago. Now they're fighting back.
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Visiting Refugees from South Sudan
Recently I visited two refugee settlements in Northern Uganda to report a story - Adjumani and Arua's Rhino Camp. This shot is from Adjumani's Ayilo settlement camp in North Uganda. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fled from South Sudan -- the world's youn...
Recently I visited two refugee settlements in Northern Uganda to report a story - Adjumani and Arua's Rhino Camp. This shot is from Adjumani's Ayilo settlement camp in North Uganda. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fled from...
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Help the Batwa Pygmies of SW Uganda - Go Fund Me
The Batwa forest pygmy tribe were evicted from their forest home so recently -- just in 1991 when Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks were established in SW Uganda, Africa. They were given no land or money in compensation and have struggled to t...
The Batwa forest pygmy tribe were evicted from their forest home so recently -- just in 1991 when Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks were established in SW Uganda, Africa. They were given no land or money in comp...
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please visit and share the page! http://www.gofundme.com/redemptionsong
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Please help RSF raise $500 to build single mom Nossi and her son Moses in a house by April! We're clearing land - we're almost there! We just got a pledge of $100 - please pitch in, anything helps. Donations are tax deductible in the US - the Redemption Song Foundation (which I founded and direct in Uganda) is a 501c3 nonprofit. 
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Jobs Central  - 
 
Please pass along to anyone who might be interested! 

The Redemption Song Foundation (RSF) is seeking a full-time volunteer to join us in Uganda for 3, 6 or 12 months, beginning summer 2015 (or earlier if you can). This is a full-time all-volunteer position. Join a growing team working on a very exciting project to align environmental sustainability with community livelihoods. We are a small but growing nonprofit with a big vision and a big heart. 

If grant money becomes available, this could turn into a full-time job down the road. 

The position involve working with indigenous Batwa pygmies who live in extreme poverty, as well as other marginalized communities. We work holistically to improve quality of life, health, and the environment — in the vein of the late Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom’s “Design principles.” Any given day, we may be making the steep trek to Karehe village to inventory houses and do community education, take HIV+ women to the hospital to ensure they receive their medicine, supervising latrine digging or mud-house-building, or (this is something we will be doing in the near future) tree planting for carbon sequestration projects RSF wants to get started, or working with Batwa children on our educational “soup kitchen” day.  Computer work may involve working on inventory of baskets and jewelery (part of an income-generating Artisan Co-op), communicating with donors and potential donors, and working on grants. 

An ideal candidate has a college degree in sustainable development,international development, sanitation engineering, or ecology (with an interest in sustainable livelihoods), some experience with living or at least traveling in developing nations, a positive, can-do attitude and a solid work ethic. I am flexible and we can implement new, innovative projects that the volunteer candidate has a special interest in. 

For more info about RSF visit http://www.redemptionsongfoundation.org, or the Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/redemptionsongfoundation. After earning a M.S. in Ecology (and “almost” a Phd in Ecology/Evolutionary Bio), I have worked as an environmental journalist and photographer for nearly 2 decades, and my growing interest in environmental justice issues led me here. A grant from Mongabay brought me to Uganda in Jan/Feb, and not long after, I sold my house in Houston and moved to Uganda permanently in September 2014.

RSF is a (US) 501c3 nonprofit organization with our “base” a few km outside of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to critically endangered mountain gorillas, as well as a small community of indigenous Batwa “pygmies.” The Batwa  are struggling to survive and thrive since the park’s creation.  Here’s an article I wrote about the situation before I moved here: http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/11/25/conservation-refugees-of-uganda-batwa-mountain-gorillas. (Note I didnt come up with that title and don’t like it!)

You will be required to pay your way here (airfares can be as low as $860 from the US to Uganda, plus transport from Kampala to Bwindi, which can be another $450 round trip airfare, or a $400 car hire). Very low-cost or possibly free housing is available. You may be required to pay a small monthly fee for food, though it will be cooked for you, if you wish. RSF headquarters are in a fairly remote village (the nearest bank is 1 hour away, for example), although it is simultaneously a hub for mountain gorilla tourists. and we have no vehicles, there are motorcycles to transport you, and there are several tourist lodges in the vicinity that allow visitors for dinner or drinks. One of the best hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa is right here, Bwindi Community Hospital. The RSF house has solar power, hot water/showers, flush toilets, and everything you need to be comfortable after the sometimes tough field conditions. 

**Note – I am looking also for volunteers in the US who want to help with everything from social media to website updates to grant writing (write yourself a job!) so if you’re interested, let me know, email me at redemptionsongfoundation AT gmail DOT com.
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Redemption Song Foundation hard at work!
Selfie of myself and Moses, a Twa child, on the way to his first day at boarding school with his best friends! I have been remiss about blogging but busy in Uganda getting the Redemption Song Foundation (RSF) off the ground. Things are going great, but ther...
Selfie of myself and Moses, a Twa child, on the way to his first day at boarding school with his best friends! I have been remiss about blogging but busy in Uganda getting the Redemption Song Foundation (RSF) off the grou...
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Is the Human Cost of Saving Gorillas Too High? My article on TakePart.com
Forest dwellers known as Pygmies were evicted when their homes became national parks a generation ago. Now they're fighting back.
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Rugando Parent's School - empower these girls!
Three young girls attending Rugando Parents school in Uganda in primary level 3 sing a song they wrote themselves when I visited. Joan, the tallest is one of the brightest in her class, according to the Director David Matsiko. Her family cannot afford a uni...
Three young girls attending Rugando Parents school in Uganda in primary level 3 sing a song they wrote themselves when I visited. Joan, the tallest is one of the brightest in her class, according to the Director David Matsiko...
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Freelance writer focusing on science, environment, ecology, wildlife, eco-travel. I teach an online writing class focusing on publishing in magazines, particularly all pubs related to any green issue (science, environment, travel) but really for anyone who wants to publish in magazines or make more money at their freelance writing work!
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  • Redemption Song Foundation
    Founder & Director, 2014 - present
    Empowering youth through education, poverty alleviation, spiritual development and song
  • Self-employed
    Freelance writer & photographer, 1997 - present
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Female
Other names
Wendee Holtcamp, Wendee Finlay
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freelance writer * photographer * bohemian
Introduction

@bohemianone 

award-winning freelance writer * lover of nature * bohemian * photographer * mover-n-shaker * single mom of 2 smart cookies * seeker of truth & wisdom

http://www.wendeenicole.com

Bragging rights
dove with dozens of sharks in the Coral Sea, and kept all my limbs
Education
  • Rice University
    Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2003 - 2005
  • Texas A&M University
    Wildlife Ecology, 1988 - 1997
  • Cy-Fair