Boise To Bukavu is the brainchild of Fidel Nshombo, a Congolese refugee with a deep personal understanding of the needs of the unique community of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Fidel lives in Boise, Idaho with his family. He is passionate about improving the lives of those around him and in his hometown, Bukavu. In the fall of 2017,  Fidel returned to Bukavu to see how the community had changed during his absence. During this trip, Fidel was able to work with local community members to identify the community’s most critical need – primary education. The solution he has developed includes a primary schoolhouse in the heart of Bukavu, long-term sustainability goals, and sponsorship opportunities for students.

In addition to Boise To Bukavu’s commitment to primary education for Bukavu, Fidel has also committed to raising funds to secure freedom for women and their newborns who have been confined by hospitals in poor conditions following childbirth. These women are unable to pay their bills and therefore, unable to leave with their newly born children, return to their homes, and raise their families in a safe environment. Prior to Fidel’s trip in 2017, Boise To Bukavu raised $2,000 to assist in paying the bills. This money freed 15 women and their children.

We invite you to join us as we work through these challenges with the community and achieve triumphs in Bukavu!