Champion Dustin Poirier’s The Good Fight joins forces with Fight for the Forgotten

Dustin Poirier’s The Good Fight joins forces with Fight for the Forgotten

Justin Wren’s and Champion Dustin Poirier’s organizations are empowering the Batwa Pygmies, the most bullied people in the world.

Dustin Poirier wrapping his hands as he prepares for his next Good Fight.

Dustin Poirier wrapping his hands as he prepares for his next Good Fight.

 In its continuing mission to “defeat hate with love,” Oklahoma City-based non-profit Fight for the Forgotten (FFTF) has teamed up with the UFC’s interim lightweight Champion of the World Dustin Poirier to knock out the water crisis for the Batwa Pygmy people of Western Uganda. Dustin and Jolie Poirier’s The Good Fight Foundation will be supporting community development projects in land, water, and food initiatives for the Batwa Pygmies, who FFTF co-founder and MMA heavyweight fighter Justin Wren calls “the most bullied people group in the world.”

“I was blown away when Jolie reached out to say Dustin and she felt like Fight For The Forgotten was their next cause to support,” says Justin. “Hearing their hearts, their passion, and their purpose, they are truly on a journey to fight the good fight.”

According to Wren, last September Fight For The Forgotten expanded their fight for clean water and community development from the Congo (DRC) to neighboring Uganda. Since then, Fight For The Forgotten has helped drill 14 new wells that’s serving more than 5,600 people. WaSH (Water, sanitation, and hygiene) training has been completed, and a new latrine and hand washing station is currently under construction. Land acquisition has begun in the name of the Batwa Pygmies, and their new five-acre farm has started producing soybeans, cabbage, tomatoes, rice, bananas, and cassava.   

“On behalf of myself and The Good Fight Foundation I’d like to say how incredibly grateful we are to be joining forces with Fight For the Forgotten and their ongoing efforts to provide fresh and safe water to the Pygmy people of Uganda,” says Dustin Poirier. “Their living circumstances are unimaginable, and we want to do our part in changing that!

MMA Champion Dustin Poirier relishes the moment when all his hard work, dedication, and commitment to his dream was paid in full. Now he sets his sights on an even bigger fight, a fight for people.

MMA Champion Dustin Poirier relishes the moment when all his hard work, dedication, and commitment to his dream was paid in full. Now he sets his sights on an even bigger fight, a fight for people.

The Good Fight Foundation’s (TGF) new goal is helping Fight For The Forgotten (FFTF) serve the Batwa Pygmy children after a torrential flood recently ruined the only water source at their school and orphanage. Together TGF and FFTF are setting a crowdfunding goal of $25,000 to build out a new deep well, solar-operated pumping system, and a water tower that will completely transform the orphanage with safe, clean water for the school’s students, staff, and surrounding community.

They have also set a stretch goal of $50,000, and Wren indicates that they are seeking donors who could provide a matching gift to help raise the additional $25,000. This would allow Fight For The Forgotten, along with in-country partners, to drill another six water wells equipped with hand pumps for the neighboring community and serve thousands of people who need access to life-saving and life-giving water.   

"We are so thankful to have the opportunity to work with Fight for the Forgotten for our next goal,” says Jolie Poirier. “Justin and his team are doing an amazing job providing clean water for the Pygmy people in Uganda, and we want to do our part in helping construct a new water well for the children at the orphanage and school Together we will make a difference and better the lives of the Batwa Pygmies!”

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The Good Fight power couple Dustin and Jolie Poirier.

Justin Wren stated, “Dustin has all the reasons in the world to have his blinders on and only focus on himself for preparation of this fight, but he’s not. It takes a special person, and a special marriage, to look past themselves and share their platform to fight for the underdogs… This is the definition of a ‘good fight!’”

Justin Wren