Life and Faith: Barbara Ferguson

Barbara Ferguson discusses her work providing housing and resettlement for displaced Pygmy peoples.

Barbara Ferguson OAM volunteered at the HEAL Africa Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo where she conducted trauma counselling workshops for the staff, especially for those working with rape-torture survivors. Dr Ferguson became involved with a group of Congolese Pygmies in the Masisi region organising sponsorship for their children to attend local schools securing land to resettle people denied access to their traditional homes and way of life in the forests. She works with local agencies to provide shelter, literacy and income generating projects to ensure the survival of these ‘first people’.