Introduction / History The Budu live in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Province Orientale in the Haut-Uele district and the territory of Wamba. There are two Budu sub-groups: Pygmies and Lika. They are all Budus but speak other languages beside Budu.
What are their lives like? The Budu in general live in the rainy tropical forest and they have agriculture as the principal activity. Budu are probably one of the poorest population in Democratic Republic of Congo, since they live only from what their produce and it is kind of an isolated place since most of the roads to their area have not been fixed for over 20 years. To get medicine and other goods, the Budu still use bicycles sometimes carrying 300kgs on the bicycle for 700kms.
The Budu are called peaceful people because in their history there is no resistance or fighting mentioned. So they don't know war. They live peaceful lives characterized by kindness. They are among the most to have welcomed missionaries and other foreigners.
What are their beliefs? The Catholic church was the first to evangelize Budu then the Evangelical church led by WEC (Worldwide Evangelisation for Christ) came to evangelize the Budu. The Founder of the WEC, Charles Studd died on Mabudu soil and his grave is in Ibambi. The Budu experienced a true revival in the village of Imbai in the 1930s through the prayers of Lily and Ivy Roberts. The WEC-founded church, CECCA-16, runs a Christian hospital which was started in the 1950s by Dr Helen Roseveare from England.
Many Budu believe in Jesus Christ and few of them are Muslim or don't attend to any church but still know about Jesus.
What are their needs? The Budu need improved schools and medical care for their children. Nebobongo hospital is in the need of support (finance and material and spiritual) to be able to spread the Gospel to those in need and to take care of the poor. The Budu also need roads to be build by the government for better transportation to their region.