Ibutwa Blog

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...

November 7, 2016

The efforts of Ibutwa were shared widely this past weekend at the Sustainability Student Leaders Symposium at UMass Amherst. Volunteers who work for the Champlain College Eco Rep program did a presentation on conflict minerals and explained their partnership with The Vermont Ibutwa Initiative. We spoke about the Cultivating Conscious Consumers club and what we have been doing on campus to break the silence about sexual violence, both here in Burlington and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the rape capital of the world. Many students were sho...

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...

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