Ibutwa Blog

May 31, 2016

Age: 14

Goals for the future: Become a vehicle driver

Biography: Malipo is a student at VIème Primaire. When he has free time during the day, he enjoys playing soccer with his friends and doing small household chores for his family. He says he is at ease at school because he doesn't have to worry about being sent away for the inability to pay school expenses.

May 29, 2016

Starting a successful conflict free mineral policy requires teamwork. For Champlain College, campaigning took the dedication from three separate classes to get the resolution endorsed by our president. We divided our class in two groups, an outreach group to raise awareness about our mission (as well as the mission of Ibutwa) and another group to focus on editing the policy and researching.

Students in the out reaching group shed light on the prevalent gender based sexual violence, as it became clear that the genocide in Africa is paid little atten...

May 24, 2016

Age: 35

Sustainable Livelihood Project: Selling second-hand clothing

Goals of this project: To be able to build a house, buy clothing for her family, and provide food for her family

Biography: Sasali is the mother of six children. She spends each day, except for Sundays, in the market selling her second-hand clothing. For her, the medical program has a very important effect on her household. All of her children receive medical care without any problem, no matter how serious the illness is.  This allows her to carry on her activities without worry...

May 17, 2016

Age: 17

Goals for the future: When she is older, after she completes university studies, Furaha wants to be a lawyer

Biography: Furaha is a student at VIème Humanité Pédagogique.  Whenever she has free time, she enjoys playing sports and sometimes she spends her time exchanging messages with her friends on Facebook.  She says that she feels at peace in class because she knows she won’t be sent away for not paying school expenses. 

May 13, 2016


 Graphic designs by Sam Segalas-Shaw

Upcycled sign promoting the #GrowGardensNotGuns. This hashtag was inspired by the sustainable livelihoods community garden that enables women to cultivate organic produce to generate income and feed their family. 

 Break the silence & cycle of slavery in mining communities by talking to your electronic suppliers about interest in conflict free minerals.

Sketches by Rayna Widger honoring the divine feminine

Follow her art on instagram @rayna_widger_art 


May 10, 2016

Age: 50

Sustainable Livelihood Project: Selling second-hand clothing

Goals of this project: Buy a piece of land, provide food for her family, and produce savings

Biography: Suzanne is the mother of nine children. Most days, she spends selling her merchandise in the market. Once she returns home in the evening, she is usually very tired. Suzanne reports, “If I am in good health today, and my children are well, it’s thanks to the medical care, which saves me from having to pay for medications, which are very expensive, and especially hospital expen...

May 9, 2016

The Ibutwa blog will be featuring a series of posts that introduce readers to some of the wonderful women and children Ibutwa is working hard to support. The well-being of the participants Ibutwa serves is an integral part of the organization and continues to motivate the team members that unceasingly work to keep Ibutwa functioning and successful. Because Ibutwa strives for developing community awareness and support, we wanted to share a small look into the lives of the women and children that endlessly inspire the team members of Ibutwa to keep on...

May 6, 2016

As you may be able to tell from the information provided on the website, medical treatment and the associated healthcare costs are an integral division of the work that VIBI does. One of Ibutwa’s main initiatives is to provide funding to support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence for medical conditions related to rape as part of a holistic approach in helping these victims rebuild their lives.

Previously, the Ibutwa field staff has coordinated the medical concerns of women supported by Ibutwa with the local hospitals nearest to the villa...

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