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Twese for Peace will focus on facilitating communication and implementing conflict resolution skills among the people of Bujumbura to promote harmonious living. We are going to host a summer camp in which we will cover topics related to our project, among them: Tolerance and communal living; Power of diversity and history; Power of Communication; Education as a uniting factor; Gender-based violence; Environmental Awareness; Creation of Long-Term Peace Pillars. Besides the peace building activities, part of the Twese for Peace camp will seek to instill entrepreneurial skills in the youth through challenging ideas and proposals, such as micro-financing, need-finding, prototyping and record-keeping.

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Dollars Raised: 105%

Funding Details

Deadline: Jun 30, 2013
Total needed: $650

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Betty Kobia '16  Undeclared  Maua, Kenya
Armel Nibasumba '16  Undeclared  Bujumbura, Burundi

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Burundi has been a war-torn country since 1994 to 2005 which intensified the pre-existing tensions among the two main ethnic groups, Hutu and Tutsi. This has also been the main dividing factor in the country as the hatred that brewed from the war still lingers in the memory of the people. Friction among the different groups living in Bujumbura is felt in the city from time to time with reported cases of murders and unclaimed bodies dumped on the river side. The war not only affected the peaceful co-existence among the people, but also paralyzed the economic status and political stability of the country. This rendered many people jobless as the economy crumbled after the war. Consequently, unemployed youths rely on the government to provide jobs for them. As such they do not bother to venture into valuable entrepreneurship that would see them self-employed or employers of their fellows. This has led to even more social insecurity putting the fundamentals of peace of the country at stake.

We are going to host a summer camp in which we will cover topics related to our project, among them: Tolerance and communal living; Power of diversity and history; Power of Communication; Education as a uniting factor; Gender-based violence; Environmental Awareness; Creation of Long-Term Peace Pillars. Besides the peace building activities, part of the Twese for Peace camp will seek to instill entrepreneurial skills in the youth through challenging ideas and proposals, such as micro-financing, need-finding, prototyping and record-keeping.  The topics will seek to evoke dialogue and deep discussions among the participants, relating them to the daily lives of the people in Bujumbura. These will be geared towards posing a challenge to the youth on how to be self-independent, effective, entrepreneurs and explorers in the world of careers using the readily available resources.

This project is intended to create a generation of young spirited and fair-minded leaders, enthusiastic innovators and team-oriented for a brighter and better Burundi. In addition to a $3000 grant we got from Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship, MiddSTART funding will enable us to carry out our project. Furthermore, we would like to attract potential partners who would like to join us on this journey of inspiration and transformation.


  • Sofia Gomez-Doyle

    What a wonderful initiative! So proud to know you!

    • http://www.facebook.com/betty.akinyi1 Betty Akinyi

      Thanks Sofia for your support.

  • Guest

    Where do you plan to put the camp?

    • http://www.facebook.com/betty.akinyi1 Betty Akinyi

      Currently we are planning to rent a conference room for the workshops. We are also looking into public schools as potential venue places

  • http://www.facebook.com/nibarmel07 Armel Nibasumba

    Thank you so much for everyone who has donated for this project

    please share it with your friends and family. A penny goes a long way

  • Armel Nibasumba

    we are currently attending the Clinton global initiative university where we are learning about project development and management. President Clinton has recommended “twese for peace” on our innovative idea and the social impact this is going to have.

  • Armel Nibasumba

    Hi everyone! We are very excited to get this fundraising campaign up and running and are so so grateful for any contribution you are able to make. Even if you are unable to donate money, you can still support us by helping to spread the word. Thank you and keep checking back for updates!

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