Imuhira International is a growing Non profit organization founded by Justin Semahoro Kimenyerwa, Jules Gikundiro and Dan Rugomba. These three are individuals from the Banyamulenge community, a marginalized group of people from the Eastern part of Congo. We are counting it as Grace that we are not victims of the 13 year war that has struck our homeland. Today we celebrate the fact that we are survivors who have received a second chance to life. With the ongoing unrest and instability in our country Congo most of our Banyamulenge people are dispersed out in the diaspora and neighboring countries. Safety and peace is the best gift offered in the refuge countries where they have ended up.
There is also one remaining concern, one which threatens the future of our community's identity. Our culture is quickly fading away. if something is not done, if the issue is not addressed with urgency, the Banyamulenge may end up loosing their identity. That's why we have set our cause on stage to campaigning for the preservation of our dying culture.
A sustainable programme of promoting awareness of our beautiful culture. This will hopefully stir up the desire in our children, separated from their home in Africa, to know their history and encourage them at one point to participate in the construction of the countries future.
It will remind the Banyamulenge people of their roots, including their identity, homeland history,
It will be a most unique opportunity for the international community to have a 1st time opportunity
to view on screen the cultural heritage of the Banyamulenge people which has been unknown for centuries.
What We Need & What You Get
In addition, we are hoping to procure a prosumer video camera that will be sent to five different countries in Africa: Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Kenya
This camera will be used to document, celebrate, preserve the culture, and bring unity to Banyamulenge people separated due to war in their home land. The footage will highlight varied aspects of their culture and will include:
How the Banyamulenge lived before war broke out in their villages
- What life looks like for a particular family
- Various community gatherings
- Cultural songs and dances (dances for their cattle, families, religion, etc.)
- General community life, interpersonal relationships, beliefs, and norms
How the Banyamulenge are living now, in foreign lands to which they have had to flee
- How the Banyamulenge are received in various countries
- How the Banyamulenge are relating to each other and their current communities
In helping us to raise our goal, you will he helping to aid people who have been persecuted and denied their basic human rights for over 13 years. As an appreciation of your help, those who donate will receive various perks such as: thank you cards and letters from our organization, pictures from home, copies of a special DVD documenting Banyamulenge culture, and other special items.
Other Ways You Can Help
Imuhira international has a goal to reach and we hope to share our cultural richness with every individual across the globe. There is a limited time frame to raise $8,000 that can accommodate the requirements to make this cause a success. Please share this blog with families, friends and relatives, at every opportunity you get. For it can't happen without the generosity of your support.
Every donation, no matter how small, will be used to help further our cause and go towards the purchase and shipping of cameras to Africa and the beginning of our travel budget for our outreach and awareness trips throughout the US. Help us to preserve our culture and give a voice to the voiceless.