Starting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

This project is a humanitarian initiative created Progress Humanity in collaboration with the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Recognizing the need to address the challenges of one of the oldest indigenous tribes in the world, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has agreed to section off and help secure a piece of land in the state of Banubantu that will offer resources to their Pygmy population. The reservation is near beautiful rivers and lakes where many Pygmys already reside. The good location will allow us to set up basic water irrigation and trade routes.

Strategic communications planning is an imperative part of the Pygmy Project. Besides a plan for communication with Pygmy leaders to assure congruency of ideas and initiatives, Progress Humanity has arranged for a single to be produced with top Democratic Republic of the Congo and other African musicians. The music artists from Africa are being paired with well-known Grammy-winning musicians from the United States to promote a single that will encourage cultural appreciation and assimilation between the two countries. The single will be promoted through major music media outlets in the United States and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as featured in a concert that will raise funds to support further development and innovation of the Pygmy Project land.

Infrastructure Goals

  • Modern eco-friendly shelters
  • Clean and reliable running water
  • Installation of solar power and generators
  • School rooms for children; training activities for adults
  • Health clinic for basic medical attention

Pygmy Facts

  • It is estimated that there are between 600,000 and up to 2 million Pygmies living in the Democratic Republic of Congo aka “DRC”
  • Pygmy people are short – males average under 4’11”
  • Pygmies make up 2% of the DRC population

The Idea Behind the UN Resolution

After the D.R.C. committed to putting aside land for some of their Pygmies, Progress Humanity decided that instead of just working with one country, it would be best to speak to the other countries with Pygmy people to see if we could all work together. This is why we wrote a UN resolution that will be submitted to the United Nations with the support of other countries, such as the Republic of the Congo.

This new approach of countries putting aside land for their Pygmy people is based on the history of human development. The UN resolution promotes additional cooperation between countries that have Pygmies because it is based solely on a humanitarian cause and not political.

The development of civilizations began with tribes settling down into one area. Once they stopped moving around and stayed basically in one place, development of their communities, culture and wealth grew due to the fact that they were able to advance their agricultural capabilities and store their surpluses-mainly food to start. Storing surplus attracted more people and naturally began the creation of simple economic and political structures within the communities. This awareness is the foundation of the idea we have to help the Pygmy people: designate them a piece(s) of land and they will naturally begin to develop. The contrast of taking them from the jungle and putting them into cities is too much for them to handle. Allowing them a place to develop and providing simple services to those of them who want it will take away much of the confusion and frustration they feel.

There is a growing generational divide within the Pygmy people. The elders mainly prefer to stay living in the same style they are accustomed to; the younger generations have some tribe members who would like to venture out into the world and join society, but have no resources to do it. At this time, any Pygmy who dares to try leaving their tribe has nowhere to ‘go home’ to if they don’t succeed right away. Putting aside land will help to ease the mind of the older generations because they will not have to fight as hard to survive. It will also allow them to begin accumulating resources in a fashion they are accustomed to, mainly on their own terms. We believe that with a permanent home and family structure in place, younger generations will feel more comfortable to begin exploring because they have a place to return to.

This is the concept of our UN resolution in general. Progress Humanity is in the process of approaching each country in Africa that has a Pygmy population to support the UN Resolution. We feel the best way to help the Pygmies is to collaborate efforts between non-profits and the countries that have Pygmies. We remain open to feedback as we go through the process.

Moving Forward If we are successful, this idea can be used as a template to help countries all over the world with indigenous people. In the long term, the development of Pygmy people will slowly increase further stability in each country and the region, because eventually some of the Pygmy people who benefit from this program will be successful in getting an education and then a job; a bonus to each country’s economic growth. In the short term, supporting the UN resolution will add to an even better reputation for each supporting country and ideally attract new business due to increased trust of stability and dedication to helping improve the lives of its indigenous citizens.

UN Resolution – Pygmy (English)

UN Resolution – Pygmy (French)

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