Venuste Kubwimana: “Discover, Believe, Become”

Venuste Kubwimana: “Discover, Believe, Become”

For Venuste Kubwimana, a passion for contributing to his community was sparked during the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Although Venuste, his mother and siblings survived the brutal months of mass murder, they suffered financially. In the following years, finding work and supporting his family was difficult, but Venuste became focused on one goal: helping people avoid similar hardships. Having started to work at age 14, Venuste completed his civil engineering studies and quickly built a stable financial foundation for himself. He soon volunteered for a non-profit organization with other young people in his field. Along with his friend Bonny, Venuste was ready to take the leap into starting his own non-profit. In 2009, he and Bonny founded International Transformation Foundation (ITF), which officially became a registered non-profit in 2010. “We wanted to set up an organization that would be led by youth and that would contribute to communities,” says Venuste, 31. With the motto “Discover, believe, become,” the Nairobi-based organization currently runs many different projects, from setting up public water stations in Kenya to offering free computer training programs to youth groups, among several other noteworthy campaigns. One of ITF’s pivotal projects is called “Joining the Pipe.” This initiative strives to work with rural area schools to develop a pipe that joins tap stations on school properties, allowing children to have access to clean water as well as have the opportunity to bring clean water home for them and their families. The first kiosk opened in November 2013; now, ITF has set up kiosks in Nairobi, Bungoma and Siaya. This project is one that is close to...