Land is life

The Pygmy tribes of the Congo are one of the few remaining traditional tribes in the rain forests of our world. They are critically under threat from logging companies and a rapidly modernising culture who do not see the value in protecting their own indigenous peoples. We support an NGO who aims to setup trading cooperatives within the Congo which add value for products that the Pygmy people collect.

2018 - 2020

In the Democratic Republic of Congo there is a group called the Pygmy people. They live in the forests and are specialists at hunting and gathering in sustainable ways. They have done this for millennia.

In order to protect these people our Foundation is helping an organisation called Land Is Life. They have launched an initiative called the ‘Economic Empowerment of Pygmy Women‘ is designed to improve pygmy women’s economic standing; expand their programmes in the communities in a way that is guided by protecting the natural environment; ensure that the communities are well informed of their land rights; and establish a conservation-based economic empowerment program to support equality for pygmy women throughout their broader society.

We have committed funding for 3 years to help get this initiative from a concept to reality. Further funding will be considered after 3 years dependent on outcomes and impact.

Latest Project Updates

June 1, 2020

New boat for the Pygmy cooperatives

One of the Foundation’s grassroots projects is helping to protect the indigenous Pygmy tribes of the Congo. The project aims to set up trading cooperatives within the Congo which add value to products that the Pigmy people collect.

June 10, 2018

Indigenous Tribes in the Congo

I am personally very keen to help indigenous people, tribes and groups around the world. Not only because I feel that they should be respected and have at least the same rights as newcomers, but also to protect the cultural ways of living and their crafts.