In early 2021, Mushamba, founder of Rafiki, started the “Children in Conservation” art gallery, museum and gift shop, which welcomes tourists to relax after their gorilla trekking, and enjoy locally-created art while sipping coffee and tea.
It also offers art workshops to local youth and tourists, including children. In addition, some of the trained local youth are also becoming ambassadors for conservation, as they use their art as resources to educate visitors about mountain gorillas and the need to protect their habitat by reducing deforestation and poaching.
Adjacent to it is an art shop with also handicrafts made by other local people. By selling art and handicrafts, the center generates income for the local community.
If you are visiting Bwindi/Buhoma, please drop by and come say hello! We are only a few minutes walking from the entrance of the park: Nkwenda, the junction of the main road and the road that leads to Silverback lodge. We look forward to meet you!
Click also on this link or picture below to see amazing paintings and drawings by local youth artists.
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Art by Mushamba and his students; click on each picture below to see an enlarged version.