We are the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative.
Ibutwa means “renaissance” in Lega, the language of the Lega tribe of the Mwenga District, South Kivu. We seek to contribute to the rebirth of the people of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) through raising awareness, medical treatment, and empowerment efforts.
Proposals by the Trump Administration have been made to suspend Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires companies to be transparent about their use of conflict minerals sourced from the Congo. The roll-back of this law will see further violence by rebel forces in mining towns. Stay up to date on the policy affecting sexual violence in the Congo by joining the movement.
The Enough Project is another conflict-free initiative fighting to end atrocities in Congo and other conflict zones in Africa.
An organization founded in 2004 to partner with the Congolese to promote peace in Africa.
Founded by Jason Stearns, an advocate for understanding conflict dynamics, the Congo Research group works to shed light on crimes against humanity in the Congo.
We need your help.
Our sustainable livelihood programs have been a great success this year, but we need your donations to continue them. In our sewing program, we provide sewing machines and vocational training necessary for the women involved to learn how to make a wide variety of clothing that can in turn help support them and their family. Our community garden turned out a big crop, with eight full bushels of corn divided amongst the women for sale in the market and to help sustain their families.
Ibutwa and the women we support in the Congo are funded by your donations.