Ibutwa Blog

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...

November 8, 2017

 Throughout October and November, students have been gathering in various locations to fill out Fair Trade cards to send to the resilient women and children who are supported by the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative.

 These were taken from one of the two Create for DR Congo events held in the Women's & Gender Center at Champlain College.

This happy bunny was made to bring a smile to a child who receives an education, thanks to contributions from ibutwa donors. 

 Another art therapy opportunity unfolded at the Vermont International Film Fest. City Of...

November 3, 2017

The Center For Service & Sustainability, Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Women's & Gender Center in partnership with See Say Do is proud to announce a Dance For Resilience FUNdraiser! This solidarity event will be held in the Champlain College Art Gallery from 5:30- 7:30 on Friday, November 17th.

Spoken word poetry will kick off the event until 6:00 when the 4 piece band, Revibe, performs to support the ibutwa inspired gathering. They are an enlivening group that is sure to make you move!

Check them out on Spotify or https://revi...

October 20, 2017

Founder Cleophace Mukeba has been educating about the resource wars in the DR Congo at various educational institutions across the state. This public intervention to raise awareness about war fare and the use of rape as a weapon by militant groups often shocks people. His latest presentation was at Montpellier High School, days after speaking at UVM.

I personally experienced this reality check when Cleophace came to a globalization class I took my sophomore year at Champlain College. I was appalled to learn that the people in the DR Congo are experie...

October 8, 2017

 The Center For Service & Sustainability will be hosting events to honor the admirable mission of the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative this semester.

On friday, October 6th, students gathered in the Finney Quad to create rhythm while singing songs about the DR Congo. It was beautiful to hear the word ibutwa being sung by folks who had for the first time learned about the non profit organization. There were requests to make jams for resilience a regular occasion on campus.

 October is sustainability month at Champlain College so it is a great time for student...