The term “Benebuvira” derives from “Uvira” and means ‘people (indigenous/tribes) of Uvira”. At the same time, Uvira bears the name of the city, the territory and of course the name of its people. Geographically, Uvira is a strategic region for its proximities to three countries Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania. Situated south of Bukavu the capital of South Kivu province, Eastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the territory or zone of Uvira shares the boards with the republic of Rwanda to the East Nord through the province of Changugu (former kinyaga) and River Ruzizi; with the Republic of Burundi at East through the province of Cibitoke and the capital Bujumbura; and with the Federal Republic of Tanzania at East and East-South through its province of Kigoma and Lake Tanganyika, the second largest and deep lake in the world. Uvira also shares its boarders with is sisters territories of Fizi in the south and south west, Mwenga in the West, and Walungu and Bukavu, the land of people Shi.
During the pre and colonial periods, Uvira was a strategic area for both the Arabs and the Europeans due to the presence of Lake Tanganyika and Nyangwe market in the Maniema province (slave trade center around the 1400s) on one hand, and for the resistance against the invaders and occupiers (Arabs and colonizers), on the other hand. Since recently, Uvira played again a major role in the resistance against the invasion of the sovereignty of the DRC by minorities Tutsi forces from Uganda, Rwanda, Uganda along some Tutsi militias in the country. Uvira is still committed to that right of defending its people and the sovereignty of its territory.
Economically, Uvira constituted a center for the slave trade. The port of Kalundu is a place where goods and people are shipped from its territory to neighboring countries and cities; Uvira is the second largest sugar plant in the country and the leading source of revenue for the government in all Eastern parts of the country combined for its strategic borders with Rwanda and Burundi at Kavimvira, Kamanyola, Kiliba and Kalundu sites of entry of foreign visitors and tourists. Its proximities to Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi (less than 40 Kms) and Lake Kivu (Bukavu) and Changungu (province of Rwanda) make Uvira an economic giant for the economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in reference to the mineral resources in the province of South Kivu. Recently and since the war of “Colonization” in 1998, Uvira is home to more than 10 NGO including the MONUSCO (United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC)
Benebuvira is a membership self-financing association. Members 18 years and old are all encouraged to pay their contribution electronically. For non married individuals including sing parents, membership if US $75.00 annually of $6.25 a month. For the married couples, membership is US $175.00 annually or $15.00 a month.
Benebuvira is an association of people from Uvira in South Kivu (RDC) and surroundings. Members are USA citizens, Refugees and Immigrants from Uvira, RDC, living across the United Stated of America. Benebuvira are dedicated to promote and protect their cultural heritage in the US and abroad. They also are dedicated to contribute to the multicultural richness of the United States of America through education, exchanges, services and community outreach at both local and national levels.
Benebuvira welcomes every person, group and community that pursue similar and/ or share similar goals and objectives under the laws and regulations of the states and federal government of the United States of America.
Benebuvira is active in (5) five national regions across the United States. You are not left out. We welcome your input and we will appreciate your call, opinion or contributions of any kind.
Benebuvira community-USA is composed of new immigrants and refugees whose many of its members experienced persecution from many years of dictatorship and wars which in most cases were imposed from outside. They had lost trust in their governments and the rule of law. After their settlement, many are still hunted by this experience of the past . The citizenship program will provide an opportunity to regain that trust, to participle as citizen in the building of American society they now call home. Activities include the laws of the land, the system and branches of government, the role of communities and the rights and obligations as citizen vis a vis their communities and other fellow Americans
The cultural education’s purpose is to teach, promote and preserve the Benebuvira values and heritage to its members from pre-kindergarten to adulthood. Cultural heritage is part of the American dream where the knowledge of own identity does help shape the determination and the participation into the building of this great and multicultural and rich country, we call the United States of America. Through music, art crafts and songs, language and history, Benebuvira members will be well equipped to embrace any challenge and contribute to other forms of cultural identities from others Americans with whom they share the same opportunities.
In America, knowledge of English is the key to integration. This service prioritizes on Computer literacy, ESL, Communication, and life skills
Benebuvira believes that cultural heritage is common to all people. That’s why it is committed to working with other communities, agencies and local and federal governments, non profit organizations, and international communities to accomplish its mission and objectives. Some of these agencies include but are not limited to UNHCR, FAO, UNESCO, Red Cross International, UNPD, USAID, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Education, and more other agencies in the country and elsewhere…