Boise to Bukavu is the brainchild of Fidel Nshombo, a refugee with a deep personal understanding of the needs of that community. Fidel lives in Boise, Idaho with his family. He is passionate about improving the lives of those around him and in his hometown, Bukavu, DRC. In the fall of 2017, Fidel returned to Bukavu to see how the communities 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. We invite you to join us as we work toward this solution!

Where is Bukavu?

Screen Shot 2018-01-26 at 17.02.56At the eastern side of the DRC, with Goma a mere 0.5 miles from the Rwandan border is the provincial capital of South Kivu, Bukavu (pop 807,000). Bukavu sits at 4,900 feet on the south end of Lake Kivu, across from Rwanda and close to Burundi. At the north end of the lake sits the city of Goma (pop 1,000,000), the provincial capital of North Kivu. Its population lives in constant fear of a nearby volcano following its 2002 eruption which left the city strewn with lava flows.