Ibutwa Blog

May 20, 2020

Although the world is reeling from the impact of COVID-19, other catastrophes are continuing to strike as well. On April 16, 2020, the territory of Uvira, within the province of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was devastated by massive river flooding brought about by torrential mountain rains. Uvira is home to most of the women supported by the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative, and who are survivors of rape and sexual violence in an area that has been called the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman. Several of our clients were le...

April 18, 2020

Although the world is reeling from the impact of COVID-19, other catastrophes are continuing to strike as well. Last night the territory of Uvira, within the province of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was devastated by massive river flooding brought about by torrential mountain rains. Uvira is home to most of the women supported by the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative, and who are survivors of rape and sexual violence in an area that has been called the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman.

Several of our clients are now homeless...

April 17, 2020

On March 8th 2020, the International Day of the Rights of Women, Ibutwa began a new partnership with the maternity care center Mère-Enfant, a health center located in Uvira territory in the South Kivu Region of the DR Congo. In French, Mère-Enfant translates to Mother-Child Center. This new partnership will provide accessible and affordable childbirth help to women in need. 

Expecting a child may be a happy event in other places, but in Uvira in particular, and the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo in general, it’s an ordeal that many...

December 10, 2019

On October 20th 2019, the community came together to support both Vermont Ibutwa and the Moore Dance Company at the First Congregational Church for the Moore Dance Company Recital. It was a beautiful mix of lovely dancing from the girls and generous support for not only for the hard work that the girls and women put into their dancing, but also for the efforts of Vermont Ibutwa to help women and children in the DR Congo by the community. Proceeds went to fund Ibutwa’s mission in the Congo, supporting recent initiatives such as the purchase and distr...

November 22, 2019

Vermont Ibutwa Initiative is thrilled to announce its newest staff member with our team in the Congo, Father Philemon Mutware.  Father Philemon started his journey to priesthood in the Congo, but when violence broke out, he was forced to flee and ended up in France.  There, he completed seminary and served for fifteen years as the Diocese of Paris.  Although he was in Paris, his heart was back with his people suffering in the Congo.  As he repeated in his presentations to students in class, "I don't have the right to be happy alone."  For Father Phi...

December 4, 2018

The Greatest Silence: Rape In Congo film screening brought folks of all ages together at the Film House on the evening on November 17th, 2018. This educational event was a benefit to support Ibutwa’s dynamic approach to empowering survivors of sexual violence and their families.

Donations from Fairy Tale Farm Cheeses and SAP! maple drinks were available to the audience for the first half hour before screening the film. Home made baked goods from Laurie, a devoted Ibutwa board member with samosas and doughnuts which were made by Cleophace’s wife, Mali...

October 23, 2018

 Join us at 7PM with our friends from Main Street Landing and the Peace & Justice Center on November 17th, 2018. We will be networking for the first half hour with gracious donations from SAP! & Fairy Tale Farm to strengthen the group of local advocates for peace in the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo).

https://www.facebook.com/events/2151173955200506/

Folks will be meeting outside of the Film House @ 60 Lake St. on the day of the benefit from 7-7:30 before the film begins.

We want to thank Main Street Landing, especially Melinda Moulton...

December 28, 2017

“Throughout our lives, we will constantly have choices and opportunities to either become Upstanders or bystanders. If enough of us choose to be Upstanders, we can help change the course of history. That is the Enough Moment. Enough of us, with enough commitment, will lead the change.” – Actor/activist Don Cheadle and Enough Founding Director John Prendergast, The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa’s Worst Human Rights Crimes. 

https://enoughproject.org/upstanders

A few members from P.A.U.S.E. (People Advocating & Uniting for Social Equity) wi...