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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).


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. 


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...

August 9, 2017

Dancing for resilience is a powerful community building endeavor. Especially when addressing an issue as triggering as the rape culture connected to the electronic industries, LowTide label and I wanted to host an event that would uplift the audience, not overwhelm them while supporting Ibutwa. People coming together to learn more about conflict minerals out of respect for vulnerable families in the DRC set the stage for an intimate evening of learning and expressing a wide range of emotions. Sound moves energy which is why we continuously sent inte...

May 27, 2017

To shift the market in a socially responsible direction, consumers must demand conflict free electronics. The main blockage preventing public outcry against this horrifying rape culture is that most people are still unaware of the devastating impacts that the mining industry has had on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, if corporations clean up their supply chain by integrating conflict free certified minerals, the DRC would benefit from their resource rich land. 

 Three students from Champlain College, Samantha Segalas-Shaw (picture...

May 12, 2017

Conflict Minerals

A phrase- 5 syllables

Tin, Tungsten, Coltan & Gold

Precious Earth minerals that come at a cost untold

Blood, sweat and tears

Plaguing the mining industry for years

I dream of a #ConflictFreeSociety

Purchasing with integrity

Preservation of biodiversity

Morality within the global community

Tabling on the North campus at AUT university in New Zealand was empowering for a number of students and staff members. To my surprise, not one person who stopped by our table had ever heard of the term “conflict minerals”. This experience helped me remembe...

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